ALBEMARLE COUNTY, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump makes plenty of controversial statements, but his poll numbers keep climbing. According to Trump Winery's General Manager Kerry Woolard, so do sales of Trump wine.
"Overall we're seeing about a 300-percent increase in our business across the board," Woolard said. "Particularly as it pertains to online, which I think is directly indicative of the exposure that we're getting from him being on the campaign."
Woolard also credits some of the growth to awards won by Trump wines and several recent national magazine articles.She says some winery patrons express appreciation for Trump the candidate, while others express dismay, or just stay away.
She notes that Trump Winery is actually owned by Trump's son, Eric, and she says the people who work there are just focused on making and serving wine.
"We're not political, we're a winery at the end of the day, and we're making really nice wine and trying also to provide exceptional service," she said. "I think people know that, and that's why they're coming out to the tasting room and having such a great experience."
That's why the owner of Market Street Wineshop, Robert Harllee, keeps selling Trump wine, even if he disagrees with Trump's politics.
"We are here to provide things that people ask for," he said. "So that's why we keep selling it, even if my personal view is to fire him."
And Harllee says even though he doesn't like Trump's politics, he respects the people who work at the winery.
"I know most of them and they do a great job, they've done a great job under the Kluge Estate and I support them," he said. "I support the working man."