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OCTOBER IS VIRGINIA WINE MONTH: DISCOVER YOUR LOCAL CRUSH

RICHMOND, Va. - 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 Appalachian Mountains.

As October Virginia Wine Month: Discover Your Local Crush approaches, now is the best time for wine lovers to start planning a trip to celebrate all things wine. , Distinctive to Virginia, this dedicated wine month coincides with grape harvesting and allows visitors a special experience where local wine tastings, kayak wine trails and vineyard festivals are coupled with the brilliant backdrop of historically significant sites and fall foliage at its prime.

October Virginia Wine Month is a month-long celebration of local wine with special events, tastings, festivals and more at Virginia's 200+ wineries statewide. Since the first October Virginia Wine Month in 1988, the Virginia wine industry has grown tremendously, now ranking fifth in the nation for wine production, and including more than 200 wineries and dozens of wine trails.  Just this year, Wine Enthusiast magazine named Virginia one of the 10 best wine travel destinations for 2012, noting the state's picturesque pastoral landscapes and affable winemakers set Virginia apart as an excellent wine destination on the East Coast.

From biking between wineries along the Chesapeake Bay to sipping wine at a National Historic Landmark, each wine region provides travelers with one-of-a-kind wine experiences. Visit www.Virginia.org/wine for information on events and packages taking place throughout the state in October.  The following is a sampling of special events and packages offered during October Virginia Wine Month.

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