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In October, Virginia is for Lovers - Wine Lovers - During Virginia Wine Month. FASHIONTRIBES TRAVEL BLOG

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With more than 100 wineries, festivals & events, the state of Virginia has officially declared October to be Virginia Wine Month. "With more than 100 wineries, incredible independently-owned restaurants, and unique inns and lodges, Virginia is uniquely positioned to capitalize upon the public’s desire for epicurean travel," explains Alisa Bailey, president and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation. "What better time to kick off Wine Month in Virginia than October when our fall foliage will be in its regalia."

With several unique wine trails across the state, visiting the wineries is scenic & fun. Some of Virginia’s best wineries are located on the Blue Ridge WineWay, the Monticello Wine trail, and trails in Bedford, Loudoun, central Virginia, the Northern Neck, and the Shenandoah Valley. To designate that it is open to the public, look for a designated Virginia Wine Tour road sign. "Visiting a Virginia winery is not just about the wine, it’s about the experience," said Ann Heidig, president of the Virginia Wine Association. "You don’t need to be an expert in wine to come out and enjoy yourself while tasting Virginia wine in beautiful settings across the state."

Highlights of October's Virginia Wine Festival, the largest on the east coast:

  • September 30 – October 57 wineries, an art show, and music from Virginia’s Crooked Road in Leesburg.
  • October 7 Visitors can sample German cuisine and award-winning wines at AmRhien Winery’s Oktoberfest.
  • October 20 – 22 Bring along the breath mints for the 2006 Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival at Rebec Vineyards.
  • October 28 Soar up, up, and away at the Shenandoah Valley Hot Air Balloon and Wine Festival, featuring 17 Virginia wineries. And in central Virginia, sample wines from nearly 20 wineries at Powhatan’s Festival.

During October, visit VirginiaStompinggrounds.org to register to win a trip to Wine Camp Weekend at Lansdowne Resort. The Virginia Tourism Corporation will award one lucky winner a weekend for two at the resort, a food and wine pairing seminar with renowned sommelier Mary Watson-Delauder, and directions for a driving tour of nearby wineries, complete with picnic basket lunch.

- Lesley Scott


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September 21, 2006 in Food & Cuisine, Travel [1], Weblogs, Wine | Permalink

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