Virginia Wine Tours

Written by Sandy Mitchell
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Virginia is the fastest growing wine-producing area in the United States. Winemaking in Virginia started in Jamestown in 1607, was revived during Thomas Jefferson's lifetime, and languished until it was revived in the 1990s. Virginia now ranks fifth among U.S. states producing wine. Today, there are over 80 licensed wineries in Virginia, most of them open for tastings. The majority of the wineries in Virginia are located in central Virginia, near Charlottesville and Jefferson's Monticello estate, and in northern Virginia, just west of Washington, DC.

Wine Making in Virginia

Many limousine companies offer transportation between wineries, giving wine lovers the opportunity to sample wines without the worry of getting lost or having to nominate a designated driver. You can travel with anywhere from two to fifty passengers. Limousine amenities typically include such things as TVs and DVD players, champagne en route, and fully-stocked bars. Limousines offer choices such as a stylish stretch Hummer limousine or a more sedate executive sedan. Some companies will also arrange accommodations and dining and catering in the Virginia wine country.

Explore the Monticello wine trail (20 wineries within thirty minutes of historic Charlottesville), or cruise the Blue Ridge Wineway (ten premier wineries less than an hour away from Washington, DC). One fun way to experience the Virginia wine country is with the Virginia wine passport. Get the passport stamped at 25 participating wineries during the year and receive a free wine gift.

Wine festivals take place almost every weekend in Virginia. Over 300 events are scheduled each year. Just outside of Washington, DC in October is the Mt. Vernon fall wine and arts festival and the Fredericksburg annual wine festival.

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