RICHMOND, Va. (January 9, 2013) - Virginia is a "Commonwealth of Wine" - with more than 200 wineries that stretch across every region of the state, from the waters of the Chesapeake Bay to the Blue Ridge Mountains. This variety makes Virginia a wine destination unlike any other, with wineries surrounded by lavish scenery, quaint small towns and monumental historic sites.
The state's annual wine festivals vary just as the wineries do, offering wine lovers the chance to savor the flavors of Virginia's vintages at events big and small. Below is a sampling of some of Virginia's most popular annual wine festivals of 2013, with many more found on www.Virginia.org/wine.
Bacchus Wine and Food Festival at the Virginia Living Museum - Newport News, February 8, 2013
Taste excellent wines from around the world and sample food from local restaurants. Enjoy a variety of live entertainment and a huge silent auction, all in one night, for a great cause. With the eclectic mix of great music, delicious food samples and varied wine tastings, this event appeals to all ages - over 21 of course.
The 6th Annual Virginia Wine Expo - Richmond, February 19-24, 2013
The Virginia Wine Expo (VWE) is Virginia's premier, upscale wine and food event of the year. More than 55 Virginia wineries will be present, sampling and selling wine for on- and off-premise consumption. The VWE will feature celebrity chef demonstrations, specialty food, the Governor's Cup Grand Tasting, wine and food pairings and wine seminars.
8th Annual Virginia Wine Showcase - Arlington, April 20, 2013
The Virginia Wine Showcase is the region's premier winter wine show, featuring over 300 wines from the boutique farm wineries of Virginia. Shoppers will delight in the ultimate collection of gourmet foods, arts and crafts, lifestyle and culinary products in the nation.
Great Grapes Wine Arts and Food Festival - Reston, April 27-28, 2013
Celebrate the taste of over 100 diverse and flavorful wines. While mastering the art of wine tasting, be sure to attend the wine seminars, Gourmet Live! cooking demonstrations and shop amongst the unique artists.
Montpelier Wine Festival - May 4-5, 2013
Montpelier Wine Festival showcases 24 premier Virginia wineries on the historic grounds of 4th President James Madison. Live music, cooking with wine demonstrations and wine tasting classes all add to the experience. Specialty foods will be available along with an abundance of arts and crafts. Picnic areas and children's activities offer fun for the whole family.
Town Point Spring Virginia Wine Festival - Norfolk, May 4-5, 2013
Enjoy the warm spring weather while spending time with friends along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront during a wonderful afternoon of sampling wines from more than 20 Virginia wineries and vineyards. Live acoustic music and retailers selling items from jewelry and glassware to chocolates and hats will also be on site.
Monticello Wine Festival - Charlottesville, May 11, 2013
This spring, the public will be invited to the Wine Festival at Monticello to enjoy a glass of wine on the West Lawn as Jefferson himself did. Visitors will have the opportunity to walk the restored vineyards, meet wine-maker Gabriele Rausse and experience Monticello in the evening, as well as take tours of Jefferson's home, hear live music and see the garden in full splendor while tasting wines from locally produced Virginia vineyards. Local wine experts will be on hand to answer questions about our region's finest wines and how they compare to the vintages that Jefferson enjoyed.
Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour at Mount Vernon - Alexandria, May 17-19, 2013
Join Mount Vernon in its spring celebration of the history of the Virginia wine industry while overlooking the Potomac River. Guests sample wines from 16 award-winning Virginia wineries, learn about the successes and failures of our Founding Father's wine endeavors, enjoy live jazz music, and meet "George Washington" on the Mansion's piazza. Guests experience an evening tour of George Washington's home and are invited to visit the rarely-open basement cellar vaults where he stored his wine.
Virginia Wine & Craft Festival - Front Royal, May 18, 2013
Enjoy tastings from 20 Virginia wineries along with crafts in historic downtown Front Royal, Virginia. More than seven blocks will be filled with 100 vendors, artists and crafters selling fine handmade jewelry, hand painted wine glasses, hand crafted musical instruments, pottery and ceramics, clothing, original paintings and artwork, antiques and more.
Lynchburg Beer & Wine Festival - Lynchburg, September 21, 2013
The Lynchburg Beer & Wine Festival will feature over 15 area wineries with samples of their finest Virginia wines. Breweries from the state and beyond will have craft ales and lagers on tap with 76 different varieties to sample and buy. Artisans and crafters from around the state display their goods while area businesses are represented to feature their newest line of products.
Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival - September 28-29, 2013
The Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival is the perfect event for aficionados of wine as well as fans of outdoor concerts and craft festivals. Held at Southwest Virginia's Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta, nearly thirty wineries will participate with dozens of juried craft and food vendors.
October Virginia Wine Month - Statewide, October 2013
Wine lovers unite to Discover Your Local Crush for Virginia Wine Month, a month-long celebration with special events, tastings, festivals and more at Virginia's 200+ wineries statewide.
Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival - Amherst, October 12-13 2013
Amherst Rebec Vineyards is the setting for this aromatic and delicious annual festival. Several Virginia wineries pitch in for tastings and sales along with Virginia restaurants offering garlicky foods. There is plenty of live entertainment and arts and crafts highlighted by the crowning of the Garlic Queen and King.
Blackdog Wine & Music Festival - Floyd, October 12, 2013
A yearly staple, the Black Dog Wine & Music festivals gather folks from near and far. The field becomes a big party of music lovers, sun chairs, barefoot dancing and frivolity. Musicians, craftspeople and vendors will be on site for shopping and plenty of great food.
Taste of Culpeper - Culpeper, October 13, 2013
Experience the very best in Virginia wines, microbreweries and local cuisine and discover treasures for the home and the table from local artisans and crafters. Fun and festivities for the entire family will promise an enjoyable fall afternoon.
Powhatan's Festival of the Grape - Powhatan, October 19, 2013
Experience the excellence of 25 Virginia wineries at the annual Festival of the Grape at Powhatan's Historic Courthouse Square. A festival for family fun, Virginia wines, arts and crafts, food, live music and entertainment is becoming one of the best wine festivals in Virginia.
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