As Virginia grape growers and wineries begin their transition into the harvest season, so, too, are they preparing to sample and sell their bottlings at various wine festivals around the state. A growing number of craft brewers are participating in these festivals, as well. Some notable Virginia festivals are listed below, and many more Virginia wine (and craft beer)-related events can be viewed here. WOTBH thanks the Virginia Tourism Corporation for providing this information, and we encourage you to visit them at www.virginia.org.
Harvest Wine Festival – Glen Allen, September 7, 3013. Join us and three other guest wineries to celebrate the fall harvest. Listen to live music, taste wine from four different wineries, attend wine 101 seminar and tours, visit with craft vendors and check out our food vendor.
Great Grapes Wine Arts and Food Festival – Reston, September 7-8, 2013. 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!
Rockbridge Beer & Wine Festival – Lexington, September 8, 2013. Join us for a day of wine tasting, food and great music! Sample some of our local breweries and VA wines at the beautiful Lime Kiln Theater.
Wine and BBQ Festival – Floyd, September 14, 2013. Pull out your lawn chair, pack your dancing shoes and sunglasses and prepare for a relaxing fun-filled afternoon. We’ll have all your favorite artists, craftspeople and vendors on site for shopping and plenty of great food.
Lake Anna Wine Festival – Mineral, September 21, 2013. The 1st Annual Lake Anna Wine Festival will be a day of celebrating local wineries, delicious refreshments, and fun for the entire family.
Lynchburg Beer & Wine Festival – Lynchburg, September 21, 2013. The Lynchburg Beer and Wine Festival takes place in historic downtown Lynchburg, Virginia at the Riverfront Festival Park located on Jefferson Street. Drawing in over 7,000 guests to the Hill City for this one day event, this festival has grown by leaps and bounds since its conception in 2010. Over 15 area wineres are on hand with samples of their finest Virginia wines. Breweries from the state and beyond will have craft ales and lagers on tap with 76 different varieties for you to sample and buy.
South Hill Wine Festival – South Hill, September 28, 2013. Wine festival featuring wineries from all over the area, artists, music, food and more.
Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival – Moneta, September 28-29, 2013. 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.
October Virginia Wine Month – Statewide, October 2013. 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.
Mount Vernon Fall Wine Festival and Sunset Tour – Alexandria, October 4-6, 2013. Enjoy an evening at George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate under the stars with a bottle of Virginia wine. Sixteen wineries will offer samples and sales, and the mansion’s basement will be open for a rare glimpse into GW’s wine cellar.
Fredericksburg Area Wine Festival – Fredericksburg, October 12-13, 2013. Located on the beautiful banks of the Rappahannock River adjacent to downtown Olde Towne Fredericksburg, six Virginia wineries have samples of their wines, as well as a beer garden. Food concessions, local crafters and artisans, live music, and Aubrey Treakle’s Barrel Train for the kids.
Carytown Food and Wine Festival – Richmond – October 6, 2013. Renowned Virginia wineries will once again be back to educate and provide samples of their succulent fermentations along with plenty of great food from local restaurants.
Taste of Culpeper – Culpeper, October 13, 2013. Experience the very best in Virginia wines, microbreweries and local cuisine from noon until 5:00 p.m. Discover treasures for your home and your table from local artisans and crafters. Fun and festivities for the entire family will promise an enjoyable fall afternoon.
Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival – Amherst, October 12-13, 2013. 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.
Town Point Virginia Wine Festival – Norfolk, October 19-20, 2013. This fall festival favorite will showcase over 200 of Virginia’s finest wine varieties and encapsulate the elegant flavor and flair of the region. Festival guests will enjoy a blissful weekend of sampling a wide selection of Virginia Wines in Town Point Park.
Powhatan’s Festival of the Grape – Powhatan, October 19, 2013. 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.
Chesapeake VA Wine Festival – Chesapeake, October 12, 2013. Thousands will gather to enjoy wines not only from Virginia’s finest wineries, but from around the world – and along the way will taste the many foods from the regions best restaurants.
Thomas Jefferson’s Wine Festival – Bedford – November 16, 2013. Celebrate Jefferson’s passion for wine! The festival will feature Virginia wineries, artisans and local food purveyors, musical entertainment and more.