RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia is for lovers is about love - pure and simple. People who love wine visit Virginia to for unique wine travel experiences that led Wine Enthusiast magazine to name Virginia as one of the Top Ten Wine Destinations in the World. From kayaking up to a vineyard to visiting Dave Matthews' winery to peaceful picnics and adorable wine dogs, Virginia is a hot wine travel destination.
Here are some of the highlights, with more to discover on www.virginia.org/wine.
Kayak for Wine
Southeast Expeditions, a local outfitter on Virginia's Eastern Shore, is leading some of the most creative kayak trips in the country. One of the most popular trips is a paddle across Church Creek to Chatham Vineyards. Visitors dock the kayaks and walk up to the charming tasting room which is on the grounds of a Federal-style mansion.
Dave Matthews Personal Touches at Blenheim
Dave Matthews is a big name in music and now in wine. He and his family own Blenheim Vineyards just outside Charlottesville. This beautiful vineyard has a tasting room which was inspired by a drawing that Dave Matthews sketched out on a cocktail napkin. That napkin is framed and on display in the tasting room. Blenheim winemaker Kirsty Harmon is a rock star in her own right in the Virginia wine industry.
Adorable Wine Dogs
Dogs are a common site at wineries across Virginia. The loveable pups at The Dog and Oyster Winery in Irvington are especially happy. The winery works with the local shelter to adopt rescue dogs and give them a loving home on the vineyards. Visitors can see the dogs running among the vines and enjoying the beautiful scenery, freedom and loving care.
Historic Ruins and Wine
Thomas Jefferson was not only a great lover of wine, he was also an accomplished architect. Barboursville Vineyards in Orange County was built around the Barboursville ruins, which was a mansion designed by Thomas Jefferson for Governor James Barbour in the 1800's. It was destroyed in a fire in the late 1880's. The impressive ruins now watch over the picturesque vineyards of one of Virginia's finest wineries.
Sleep Among the Vines
Barbourville Vineyards is also one of a handful of Virginia wineries where visitors can sleep among the vines in luxurious accommodations. Right next to the historic ruins is The 1804 Inn, which is appointed with antiques and artwork personally chosen by the Zonin family of Italy. At Veritas Vineyards visitors can relax in the new Farmhouse B&B, within walking distance of the winery and the inspiring Blue Ridge mountains. Williamsburg Winery's Wedmore Place provides a European-inspired stay near the heart of Colonial Williamsburg. At the Dog and Oyster Vineyards, "tenting" takes on a whole new meaning, with luxury chalets for rent which overlook the vineyard and tasting room.
Veritas stands for truth and is also the name of a winery which is truthfully one of Virginia's most beautiful. At Veritas Vineyards, a part of the Nelson County 151 Trail, visitors can bring a picnic lunch, buy a bottle of wine, and enjoy a peaceful day at the winery, admiring the vines and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Visit www.Virginia.org/wine to learn more about wine travel in Virginia or call 1-800-VISITVA to request a free, Virginia is for Lovers travel guide and start planning a trip to Virginia. Love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation.