Introducing Exsurgo Wine: Stand • Rise • Recover

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RdV Vineyards in Virginia Creates a New Wine to Support Recovery in Wounded Heroes. 100% of all proceeds will go to Hope For The Warriors, a nonprofit that assists veterans and military families.

Veterans visit vineyard.

Veterans enjoy a visit to the vineyard. Photo provide courtesy of Paul Oberle.

Exsurgo is the perfect name for a wine that will benefit our strong service members and military families.

RdV Vineyards in Delaplane, Virginia will host an intimate party on Saturday, December 1, 2012 for the launch of Exsurgo, the newest wine from the vineyard. 5,000 bottles will be released and 100% of the proceeds will go to Hope For The Warriors®, a national nonprofit organization that assists combat wounded service members, their families, and families of the fallen. To learn more about the launch party or to attend, contact Amy Sommerhoff (amysommerhoff(at)yahoo(dot)com).

In a friendship that started several years ago, Peter Petronzio and Rutger de Vink instantly shared a common bond, the Marine Corps. As de Vink began his quest to create a vineyard from scratch and an exclusive wine to go with it and Petronzio finished his distinguished 26-year career as a Marine Colonel, they found another connection, an appreciation for wine. Two years ago, de Vink approached Petronzio with a desire to give back to the heroes that made this country great and they began to brainstorm. Thus was the birth of Exsurgo.

Wounded service members and their families were part of the harvest process for Exsurgo. On October 6, 2012, they and staff members from Hope For The Warriors® sorted through the fruit and stomped on grapes in the barrels. It was a memorable experience for both the warriors and the winery staff.

The name Exsurgo is Latin, meaning to stand, rise and recover. It was chosen as the perfect word to represent Hope For The Warriors® mission to restore a sense of self, restore family and restore hope for wounded service members.

“Exsurgo is the perfect name for a wine that will benefit our strong service members and military families,” Robin Kelleher, Hope For The Warriors® President said. “Hope For The Warriors® thanks RdV Vineyards for helping our service members stand, rise and recover from their injuries.”

Exsurgo will be available for sale at the launch event and online after December 4. ( It is available to be shipped in 17 states within the United States. States that Exsurgo can be shipped to are: CA, OR, CO, WY, TX, MO, LA, IL, MI, GA, FL, NC, VA, NY, NH, MD, DC.

Exsurgo is a blend consisting of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot, and cabernet franc. With a deep ruby core, Exsurgo shows crisp red notes with a touch of pastry and dried herbs. The round and elegant structure is a perfect representation of the 2010 growing season, which provided hot, dry, Mediterranean growing conditions all the way through harvest. While drinking wonderfully today, the wine should continue to age gracefully for the next three to five years.


RdV Vinyards is an internationally-acclaimed boutique winery located in Delaplane, VA. RDV produces world-class Bordeaux-style wines that have been praised for their elegance and finesse, as well as their power and structure. Before entering the world of winemaking, RDV owner, Rutger de Vink, was a Marine.

The mission of Hope For The Warriors® ( is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors® is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.

Hope For The Warriors® has earned a Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator (, an independent organization that evaluates fiscal responsibility and accountability of nonprofits.

Hope For The Warriors® (Federal Tax ID 20-5182295) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity as defined in sections 509(A)(1) and 170(B)(1)(A)(VI) of the Internal Revenue Code. Combined Federal Campaign, CFC #27800.

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