Source: Virginia Tourism Corporation and VirginiaWine.org
Even though the first of the month is still a few weeks away, it’s best to mark your calendars early because October is officially Virginia Wine Month!
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.
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 Virginia.org/wine for information on events and packages taking place throughout the state in October. The following is a sampling of special events offered during October Virginia Wine Month.
Remember, there are 210 wineries in Virginia and only 31 days in October - GO! –Cheers!
Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour at Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
Mount Vernon • Oct. 5, 2012
Enjoy live blues and spectacular views of the Potomac River while sampling wine from 16 Virginia wineries during Mount Vernon's Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour. Visitors learn about the successes and failures of our Founding Father's wine endeavors, enjoy live blues music, meet "George and Martha Washington" on the Mansion's piazza and experience an evening tour of George Washington's home and wine cellar. Tickets are $35 per person. For more information, call (703) 780-2000 or visit MountVernon.org.
The 12th Annual Norton Wine and Bluegrass Festival
Chrysalis Vineyards, Middleburg • Oct. 6-7, 2012
This year's Norton Wine & Bluegrass Festival invites wine travelers to Chrysalis Vineyards, home to the world's largest grower of Norton, The Real American Grape!®, to experience one of Northern Virginia's top wineries during the harvest season. The area's best bluegrass music, food from the local "BBQ King," hayrides and vineyard tours and a special nine-wine tasting, are among the weekend's highlights. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, call 540-687-8222 or visit ChrysalisWine.com.
Fredericksburg Area Wine Festival
Fredericksburg • Oct. 6-7, 2012
The 22nd annual Fredericksburg Area Wine Festival features award-winning wines from eight Virginia wineries as well as local cuisine and beer from Blue and Gray Micro Brewery set against the scenic beauty of Rappahannock River. The family-friendly festival offers rides on Aubrey Treakle's Barrel Train and balloon art and face painting. Admission fee is $15 in advance at $20 at the gates. For more information, call 540-972-2749 or visit FredericksburgWine.com.
Taste of Culpeper
Culpeper • Oct. 7, 2012
Culpeper Renaissance's eighth annual "Taste of Culpeper - a wine, food and arts festival" showcases the best in Virginia wines, microbreweries and local cuisine. Fun and festivities are available for the entire family including take-home treasures from local artisans and crafters, live music, a moonbounce and an outdoor football lounge with two large-screen TVs. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate with free admission for those 12 and under. For more information, visit CulpeperDowntown.com.
Blackdog Wine & Classic Rock Festival
Chateau Môrrisette, Floyd • Oct. 13, 2012
Each October, the Chateau Morrisette Winery, located just off the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, brings in wine and music lovers from all over the country for the Black Dog Wine & Music festival. The rock event features new bands, the winery's famous sangria and local cuisine and crafts. Admission is $25 and includes music, winery tour, tastings and a souvenir wine glass. For more information, call 540-593-2865 or visit TheDogs.com.
Louisa County Wine Festival
Mineral • Oct. 13, 2012
The second annual Louisa County Wine Festival, from White Walnut Vineyards, is the perfect way to spend a fall afternoon sampling vintages from new and long-established wineries, local food and enjoying live music and all-around fun! Taking place in downtown Mineral, home to Lake Anna, the second largest lake located entirely in the in the state of Virginia, the Louisa County Wine Festival allows guests to take a sample glass as they visit each winery and taste various vintages. There will also be a variety of crafters and artisans, as well as a dedicated children's activity area. General admission fee is $15 in advance and $20 at gate. For more information, call 540-967-9044 LouisaWineFestival.com.
Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival
Rebec Vineyards, Amherst • Oct. 13-14, 2012
The Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival embraces food, wine, live entertainment, arts, crafts and most importantly, garlic. The festival offers five stages filled with music and live entertainment, garlic contests, wine tastings from six different wineries, and a kid's zone with a petting zoo. Wine tasting tickets are $18 in advance and $25 at the gates. General admission is $14 in advance and $25 at the gates; children under 12 are free. For more information, call 434-946-5168 or visit RebecWinery.com.
AT&T Town Point Virginia Wine Festival
Norfolk • Oct. 20-21, 2102
The 25th Annual AT&T Town Point Virginia Wine Festival showcases more than 200 of Virginia's finest wine varieties and captures the elegant flavor and flair of the region. The festival offers wine tastings and live musical performances as well as gourmet foods and special wares for purchase. With all wine selections available for purchase by the glass or case, visitors are able to take home their favorite local crush. Guests can choose from a variety of ticket and package options with varying prices. For more information, visit FestEvents.
Powhatan's Festival of the Grape
Powhatan • Oct. 27, 2012
Travelers will indulge the best of 25 Virginia wineries at the annual Festival of the Grape at Powhatan's Historic Courthouse Square, just a short drive from the cities of Richmond, Lynchburg, Charlottesville and Williamsburg. The family-friendly festival features tastings of Virginia's finest wines, delicious food, live music and entertainment and arts and crafts. Admission fee is $20 and includes a souvenir wine glass. For more information, call 804-598-2636 or visit PowhatanWineFestival.com
Autumn Barrel Tasting at Barboursville Vineyards
Barboursville Vineyards, Barboursville • October 27-28, 2012
One of Virginia's oldest and finest wineries invites visitors to a special barrel tasting. This enhanced tasting will focus on valuable older vintages, along with a traditional sampling of new Octagon from the barrel. Caromont Farm will present award-winning artisan cheeses and fresh breads from Palladio Restaurant will refresh the palate. Admission Fee: $25. For more information visit BarboursvilleWine.com.
Sippin into Sunset at Early Mountain Vineyards
Early Mountain Vineyards, Madison • Fridays from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Enjoy the views, live music, wonderful wines and delicious food from the Market Place. Feel free to bring your own picnic items to enjoy on the outdoor pinic area! For complete details visit EarlyMountain.com.