There are at last count 274 wineries in Virginia. This area which has numerous national award winning wineries can be considered in the same league as the famous Napa Valley.
Any area with so many wineries must have numerous wine festivals and Virginia is no exception. In fact whether you are a connoisseur or just a lover of wines you can actually plan your year activities around wine festivals!
There are wine festivals combined with glorious food, wine festivals for fly fisherman, wine festivals to picnic around and also those for the serious taster.
Some of the most popular wine festivals in Virginia are listed below:
Fly Fishing and Wine Festival
This is held every year in April at Meadow Event Park in Doswell VA. It is the largest type of event in the country and attracts many fly fishing angler’s .It combines learning about fly fishing along with wine tasting from in a friendly environment. It also gives Virginia a chance to showcase its wines to people from all over America.
Dogwood Wine Festival
This is also held in April each year in Richmond. It is hosted by “Wine for Cures” and raises funds for cancer research. Many wineries attend this festival along with food vendors and live music.
This festival is held in the Northern Virginia area at Bull Run Park .It usually is a showcase for 50 of the most prominent wineries who between them will pour over 350 of their finest selections. The importance of this festival is highlighted by the fact that many of Americas most talented performers entertain here.
Manassas Jazz and Wine Festival
This is held every Fathers Day in Manassas VA.This is a smaller intimate event which allows wine tasting from fifteen different ward winning Virginia Wineries. In addition there is always up scale food tasting to accompany he wines.
Virginia Wine Festival
This popular wine festival will be held in October at Alexandria VA. It is in its 42 nd year and showcases wines from many Virginia wineries. In addition there are many Food Trucks serving delicious foods as well as for the first time this year a VA Oyster Pavilion. Champagne and Oysters go so well together!
Annual Neptune Wine Festival
There are not many places where one can enjoy wine tasting as well as the beach life with sandcastle competitions interspersed with wine tasting from over 70 wineries in Virginia. This annual event is held at Virginia Beach every May.
Chesapeake Virginia Wine Show
This popular wine festival is held every October on Greenbrier Parkway. Wines from over 25 of Virginias best wineries are available for tasting .In addition to wine tasting there is always a craft beer garden with various food vendors.
Thomas Jefferson Poplar Forest Wine Festival
Thomas Jefferson considered wine to be a necessary of life ,so it is only fitting that one of the last major wine festivals of the year is held in his name .If you have missed tasting any special wines during the year you will be sure to find it her
So as you can see if you are a wine lover then living in this state will allow you to sample wines throughout the year and at the same time have fun with your family.