October Virginia Wine Month is just around the corner and wine lovers everywhere are getting ready to celebrate. Discover Your Local Crush is the 2010 theme for Virginia Wine Month, promoting locally-produced wine at more than 160 wineries statewide. October is traditionally harvest time at wineries and vineyards, as winemakers bring in the fruit off the vines. Virginia will celebrate October Virginia Wine Month at dozens of festivals, special tastings and tours across the state throughout the month.
“We look forward to October Virginia Wine Month each year. It is a time that Crush is well underway throughout the Commonwealth and growers and winemakers are able to get a true look at what this vintage will be. The caliber of wines being produced across the Commonwealth is truly outstanding and just gets better every year! Additionally, the scope and variety of Virginia wine events offers people a unique opportunity enjoy the rich fall beauty of Virginia. The cooler weather provides an excellent time to savor Virginia’s wines and many other local food products from the harvest.” Rock Stephens, Chairman of the Virginia Wine Board.
October Virginia Wine Month began in 1988 as a way to support the state’s young wine business – just 40 wineries at the time – and promote wine travel in Virginia. Today, Virginia is home to more than 160 wineries and 16 wine trails statewide, with approximately one million visitors including a visit to a winery while vacationing in Virginia. The commonwealth is fifth in the nation for wine production with the wine industry generating $361.8 million in income annually. In 2007, Virginia was named one of the top five up-and-coming wine regions in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine.
“October is a beautiful month to travel in Virginia, as fall foliage comes into color and we celebrate the harvest at wineries across the state,” said Alisa Bailey, president and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation. “For visitors to Virginia, enjoying locally-made wines, great festivals and stunning landscapes is a highlight of the fall season.”
Start planning a wine month getaway today and get set to sample varietals as Virginia wineries celebrates the harvest. Select October Virginia Wine Month events are listed below, with more at www.VirginiaWine.org. Find more information on wine travel in Virginia including travel packages and deals, visit www.Virginia.org/wine
Yorktown Wine Festival – Yorktown
Date: October 2, 2010
Historic Yorktown at Riverwalk Landing will be the site of the 2010 Yorktown Wine Festival. Twenty-one Virginia wineries will be at the festival along with art and food vendors and entertainment. Following the festival, eight of the wineries will participate in a wine dinner at Nick’s Riverwalk Landing Restaurant.
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TIP: Get a bottle of wine and some snacks. Enjoy the view of the James River at the marina at Kingsmill Resort & Spa in Williamsburg, VA