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Patrick Duffeler

Patrick Duffeler was born in Belgium and educated in the United States. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics & Finance from the University of Rochester, New York.

He began his professional career at Eastman Kodak in Rochester, New York. In the early 1970’s, he joined the international operation of Philip Morris in Lausanne, Switzerland as Director of Marketing. He developed the Formula 1 motor racing team (the Marlboro World Championship Team) which won two consecutive World Titles. He also created the company’s leisurewear operation.

During the 14 years Mr. Duffeler spent overseas, he traveled extensively not only in Europe but also in Latin America, the Far East, Middle East, and Africa. He became involved in the wine industry in Burgundy, France and developed relationships with Burgundian and other French producers. He developed an interest in the hospitality industry and participated in a study for the development of a country hotel in Beaune, Burgundy.

In the early 1980’s, he was named International President of Fragrances Selective with offices in New York City, Geneva, Switzerland and Barcelona, Spain.

After purchasing a 300 acre farm in Williamsburg in 1983, he and his wife Peggy (who passed away in 2004) founded the Williamsburg Winery in 1985. Patrick II and Terence, their sons, were born in Switzerland and lived subsequently with the family in France, Spain, and then Williamsburg.

In 2007, Patrick Duffeler married Françoise, a native of France.

In the Fall of 2007, Wedmore Place, a European-style Country Hotel was opened after ten years of planning and three years of construction. It is located adjacent to the Williamsburg Winery and is a member of Select Registry.

Patrick managed the growth of the Williamsburg Winery until 2013, the time of the transfer of the presidency to Patrick II who had joined the operation in 1990. Patrick remains active as Founder & Chairman.