Saturday, April 28, 2012

Virginia Wine Festivals to Experience in 2012

Savor Virginia wines at hundreds of festivals and events throughout the year 
Virginia is for wine lovers y'all
RICHMOND, Va. (January 27, 2012) - 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 Blue Ridge Mountains. Virginia is a wine destination unlike any other, with wineries surrounded by lavish scenery, breathtaking views, quaint small towns and monumental historic sites.


Virginia is one of the only wine destinations in the country where visitors can kayak to a winery, enjoy bluegrass music while sipping local wines, sample regional wines at a National Park, or enjoy wine at a National Historic Landmark.


The state's annual wine festivals vary just as the wineries do, offering wine lovers the chance to savor the flavors of Virginia's vintages at events big and small. Below is a sampling of some of Virginia's most popular annual wine festivals of 2012, with many more found on www.Virginia.org.

Bacchus Wine and Food Festival at the Virginia Living Museum - Newport News, February 3, 2012
Taste excellent wines from around the world and fabulous samples from local restaurants. Enjoy a smokin' variety of live entertainment and a huge silent auction, all in one night, for a great cause. With the eclectic mix of great music, delicious food samples and varied wine tastings this event appeals to all ages - over 21 of course.

7th Annual Virginia Wine Showcase - Arlington, February 18 - 19, 2012
The Virginia Wine Showcase is the region's premier winter wine show, featuring over 300 world class wines from the boutique farm wineries of Virginia. Shoppers will delight in the ultimate collection of fancy foods, fine arts and crafts, lifestyle and culinary products in the nation.

The 5th Annual Virginia Wine Expo - Richmond, February 24-26, 2012
The Virginia Wine Expo is Virginia's premier, upscale wine and food event of the year. More than 55 Virginia wineries will be present, sampling and selling wine for on- and off-premise consumption. The VWE will feature celebrity chef demonstrations, specialty food, the Governor's Cup Grand Tasting, wine and food pairings and wine seminars.

Wintergreen Winery's 19th Anniversary Celebration - Wintergreen, April 28, 2012
Toast the winery's 19th anniversary with wine, live music, riverside picnics and fun for all in a family-friendly, scenic setting. Light picnic fare including artisanal cheeses will be available.

Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour at Mount Vernon - Alexandria, May 18-20, 2012
Join Mount Vernon in its spring celebration of the history of the Virginia wine industry on the east lawn overlooking the Potomac River. Guests sample wines from 16 award-winning Virginia wineries, learn about the successes and failures of our Founding Father's wine endeavors, enjoy live jazz music, and meet "George Washington" on the Mansion's piazza. Guests experience an evening tour of George Washington's home and are invited to visit the rarely-open basement cellar vaults where he stored his wine.

Great Grapes Wine Arts and Food Festival - Reston, April 29, 2012
You are invited to celebrate the taste of over 100 unique, diverse and flavorful wines! The Virginia Wineries want you to sample the essences of their best grapes while expanding your tongue's tastes. A full palette awaits your arrival to Great Grapes! While mastering the art of wine tasting, be sure to attend our wine seminars, Gourmet Live! cooking demonstrations & shop amongst the unique artists!

Montpelier Wine Festival - May 5-6, 2012
Montpelier Wine Festival showcases 24 premier Virginia wineries on the historic grounds of 4th President James Madison. Live music, cooking with wine demonstrations and wine tasting classes all add to the experience. Specialty foods will be available along with an abundance of arts and crafts. Picnic areas and children's activities offer fun for the whole family.

Town Point Spring Virginia Wine Festival - Norfolk, May 12, 2012
Enjoy the warm spring weather, first class Virginia Wines and spending time with friends along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront during a wonderful afternoon of wine sampling and socializing at The Spring Town Point Wine Festival. Sample wines from over 20 Virginia Wineries and Vineyards along with great live acoustic music and the breeze from the Elizabeth River. Also on site are retailers selling fun and unique items from jewelry and glassware to chocolates and hats.

Monticello Wine Festival - Charlottesville, May 12, 2012
Enjoy the splendor of spring while tasting Virginia's best selection of wines. The Wine Festival at Monticello takes place on Monticello's West Lawn. This spring, the public will be invited to the Wine Festival at Monticello to enjoy a glass of wine on the West Lawn as Jefferson himself did. Visitors will have the opportunity to walk the restored vineyards, meet wine-maker Gabriele Rausse and experience Monticello in the evening, as well as take tours of Jefferson's home, hear live music on the West Lawn, and see the garden in full splendor while tasting wines from locally produced Virginia vineyards. Local wine experts will be on hand to answer questions about our region's finest wines and how they compare to the vintages that Jefferson enjoyed.

Virginia Wine & Craft Festival - Front Royal, May 19, 2012
Enjoy tastings from 20 Virginia wineries along with crafts in historic downtown Front Royal, Virginia. More than seven blocks will be filled with 100 vendors, artists and crafters selling fine handmade jewelry, hand painted wine glasses, hand crafted musical instruments, pottery and ceramics, clothing, original paintings and artwork, antiques and more.

Vintage Virginia Wine Festival - Centreville, June 2-3, 2012
This event is a cornerstone of the East Coast wine festival season, featuring a one-stop shopping environment for wine collectors and enthusiasts, as well as a unique opportunity to interact with winemakers, movers and shakers, cultivating your own understanding of what makes a quality vintage. Centrally located in the beautiful outdoor arena of Bull Run Regional Park (just 20 minutes from Washington, DC) and featuring tastings of over 300 wine s from wineries across Virginia.

Stay with us at The Claiborne House for the Smith  Mountain Lake Wine Festival in Sept!
Floyd Fandango Beer and Wine Festival - Floyd, July 1-2, 2012
Woodstock is envious of this event which merges three of Virginia's best exports, wine, beer and music, into two-days of bliss for people who love great food and great music. Located just off Virginia's Crooked Road, the festival is a great starting point for discovery of Virginia's old-timey musical roots.


Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival - September 29-30, 2012 
The Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival is the perfect event for aficionados of wine as well as fans of outdoor concerts and craft festivals. Held at Southwest Virginia's Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta, nearly thirty wineries will participate with dozens of juried craft and food vendors.

Stratford Hall Wine Festival - Stratford, September 22 -23, 2012
Although the wines and wineries will be the highlight of the event, don't miss the variety of distinctive arts and crafts, specialty foods, live music, wine tasting tips, hot air balloon rides, Great House tours and the petting zoo. The wineries will showcase a broad selection of wine style, including those suitable for fine dining, casual occasions as well as offering a few novelty styles.

October Virginia Wine Month - Statewide, October 2012
Wine lovers unite to Discover Your Local Crush for Virginia Wine Month, a month-long celebration with special events, tastings, festivals and more at Virginia's 200+ wineries statewide.

The 12th Annual Norton Wine and Bluegrass Festival - Middleburg, October 6 - 7, 2012
Wine travelers can visit Chrysalis Vineyards, home to the world's largest grower of Norton, The Real American Grape!®, and experience one of Northern Virginia's top wineries during the harvest season. The area's best bluegrass, food from the local "BBQ King," cheese, chocolates and chutneys from Virginia's premier producers, jewelry and art from top-notch artisans and designers, hayrides and vineyard tours and a special nine-wine tasting, are just some of the weekend's highlights.

Historic Long Branch Hot Air Balloon, Wine & Music Festival - Millwood, October 12-14, 2012
A fun-filled, action-packed, three-day family celebration unfolds at the Historic Long Branch Hot Air Balloon, Wine & Music Festival. Held on the spacious lawns and rolling fields of Long Branch in Clarke County, the festival brings balloonist and their colorful airborne craft from far and wide to delight spectators of all ages. In addition to the balloons, the annual event provides a wide variety of entertainment over the weekend.

Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival - Amherst County, October 13 - 14, 2012
The second full weekend in October, the Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival embraces food, wine, live entertainment, arts, crafts and GARLIC! There are five stages with constant music and entertainment, including Garlic Cooking, Garlic King, Queen and Jr. Queen Contests.  For those interested in getting a jump on Christmas, the Garlic Festival provides the opportunity to see over 150 different unique arts, crafts and specialty foods. Wine tastings are available from six local wineries.

Powhatan's Festival of the Grape - Powhatan, October 20, 2012
Experience the excellence of 25 Virginia wineries at the annual Festival of the Grape at Powhatan's Historic Courthouse Square. A festival for family fun, tastings of Virginia's finest wines, delicious food, continuous live music and entertainment featuring Steve Bassett and Casper, arts and crafts. Only a short drive from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, Williamsburg, Lynchburg and Farmville, don't miss what is becoming one of the best wine festivals in Virginia.

Love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Visit http://www.Virginia.org for a complete list of wine festivals in Virginia and start planning a Virginia wine getaway today. Or call 1-800-VISITVA to request a 2012 Virginia is for Lovers travel guide. Links for all over wine festivals above can be found here:  http://pressroom.virginia.org/pressroom/release.asp?id=329

The TWO highlighted Festivals are near The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast! Smith Mountain Lake is just a 30 minute drive, and Floyd Fandango a 50 minute drive.

Life is too short for bad coffee...Shellie your innkeeper @ The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount, VA - Blue Ridge Country! You can book your room online at any time right here http://www.claibornehouse.net/