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Virginia Wineries Make Wine Enthusiast Magazine Top 10 List

Our friends Adam and  Jacki Strum at the Wine Enthusiast are excited about Virginia wines! There is a fabulous story on Top Ten Wine Destinations by Alexis Korman that reads like a who’s who in Virginia wine!

Virginia winery North Gate Vineyards

Virginia winery North Gate Vineyards gets a mention in Wine Enthusiast's Top Ten Wine Travel Destinations! Photo courtesy of North Gate Vineyards.

North Gate, Sunset Hills, Blenheim, Trump, Barboursville, Boxwood and Tarara are highlighted. Read all about Virginia winery travel in the Wine Enthusiast!

Here’s Richard Leahy’s recap:

WINE ENTHUSIAST, a leading U.S. consumer wine publication, has announced its top 10 wine destinations for 2012 in its February and online editions. Among the ten, Virginia is listed as being in the top five, in the prestigious company of the Champagne region of France,Santa Barbara, California; the Tokaj region of Hungary; and Central Otago in New Zealand.

“Historically significant sites, picturesque pastoral landscapes, elegant equestrians and affable winemakers set Virginia apart as an excellent wine destination on the East Coast,” writes Alexis Korman of reasons why Virginia was chosen.  “With six AVAs and nearly 200 wineries to explore in every part of the state, a comprehensive visit is nearly impossible.” Other regions mentioned include the Mosel River Valley in Germany, the Colchagua Valley of Chile, and Priorat-Cambrils in eastern Spain.

Premiere Wine Destination of the East Coast

“Virginia is in excellent company in this list of Wine Enthusiast’s 10 best wine travel destinations for 2012, and I applaud our wineries and wine makers on this achievement,” said Governor Bob McDonnell. “We are well on our way to being recognized as the premiere wine destination of the East Coast, which is one of my administration’s top agricultural and tourism priorities. I have great confidence that this article will bring even more tourists to visit our wineries across the state and continue to build our reputation as the ideal travel destination for people who love to try new wines.”

Raising the profile of Virginia wines and wine tourism are key components of the governor’s economic development and jobs creation initiatives. “With our history, beautiful scenery, and ability to create world class wines, Virginia deserves to be recognized alongside the other amazing international wine regions listed in Wine Enthusiast,” said Todd P. Haymore, Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry.

It is estimated that approximately one million people include a visit to a Virginia winery while visiting the state. Sales of Virginia wine reached a record high in fiscal year 2011 with more than 462,000 cases sold. This figure marked a sales increase of more than 11 percent over the previous fiscal year.  Learn more about wine travel in Virginia or call 1-800-VISITVA to request a free, Virginia is for Lovers Travel Guide.

See also Richard’s blog post on high-scoring Virginia wineries in Wine Enthusiast.