Virginia Wine Festival Round Up

Virginia Wine Festivals 2012Virginia’s Fabulous Wine Festivals

Do you feel like there is a fantastic Virginia wine festival nearly every weekend of the year? Well, you wouldn’t be wrong! I used to think of beautiful, tented fields and bright, sunshine-y skies when I thought about going to a wine fest. But you can find a fabulous fest most anytime!

VWG-Online has put together this festival calendar for your planning pleasure. We also have the inside scoop on some upcoming events, as well as some great pix of festivals not to be missed next year!

“Festival of Wines: Today Virginia, Tomorrow the World” is at Wintergreen Resort on Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-27, from noon – 5:30 p.m.  Expanded from a one-day to a two-day event, this year’’s Festival promises to inspire a love affair with wines from both home and abroad.

Wintergreen Virginia Wine FestivalOn Saturday, May 26, Virginia vintners will offer tastings from 10 area wineries that will provide a variety of local body, bouquet, and fruity flavors for the discerning palate to distinguish. Wineries that will be represented at the Festival include Barboursville, Boxwood, Del Fosse, DuCard, Flying Fox, Horton, Trump, Veritas and more.

Click for tickets for the Festival of Wines, which are $20 per day or $35 for a two-day pass — also available at the door or in advance at by calling 434-325-8292.  All proceeds support Wintergreen Performing Arts.

Food is available throughout the weekend. In addition to the Festival of Wines, the Resort is presenting Blues, Brews & BBQ  with music as the highlight of this micro-brew festival, an arts & crafts fair, block party and a day at  Lake Monocan. Wine lovers and little ones alike are invited to welcome summer with a fun-filled weekend in the mountains.

The 11th Annual Summer Celebration Wine Festival is on Saturday, June 9, 2012, from 11 to 6 in Newport News at Lee Hall Mansion, featuring fine vintages from Virginia’s best wineries, live music by the Rhythm Kings and Joe’s Day Off, a raffle, and craft and food vendors. The first 500 visitors will receive a free wine bottlebag.  Proceeds benefit the Virginia War Museum Foundation.

Virginia wine festival at Lee Hall MansionWineries include Bright Meadows Farm, Cooper Vineyards, First Colony Winery, Gabriele Rausse Winery, Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery, Horton Vineyards, Lake Anna Winery, Mattaponi Winery, Naked Mountain Winery, Sans Soucy Vineyards, Saude Creek Vineyards, Savoy-Lee Winery, Tomahawk Mills Winery, and Unicorn Winery.

Tasting tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the gate, non-tasting tickets are $10.00.

Wine festival on Flag Day in Huddleston, VAAustin Mitchell invites you to the Flag Day Wine Festival in Huddleston from 5 to 10pm at the Glenwood Center. He says, “Join us for a special evening of wine tasting from the area’s finest wineries to benefit the Safe Surfin’ Foundation and their work to protect children from online predators! Something for the whole family!”

Austin continues, “There will be great food and craft vendors, a car show, and hot air balloon and helicopter rides. Dragonfly Band will provide music for the evening. There will also be a special appearance from extreme athlete Tom Jones!” General Admission is free, Tasters: $15 includes wine glass. For more info, call 540-297-5297.

Becky Spaid from AmRhein Wine Cellars alerted us to this next event which takes place south of Roanoke, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. She says, “AmRhein’s Wine Cellars is part of The Mountain Road Wine Experience, which includes 5 wineries, 1 meadery and 1 cider house. Unlike many wine trails, we partner together and present at least two events per year. The events encourage wine lovers to visit each partner in the MRWE over the course of a weekend. Each stop offers unique foods, wine related gifts, entertainment, or other items related to the event’s theme, along with tastings. This year’s first event is scheduled for June 23-24, and is entitled Picnic Down the Parkway.”

While not exactly a festival, this sounds like a lot of fun. You can visit the seven locations for picnic treats paired with fine wine, cider or mead. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 day of purchase. You buy your ticket, which is good both Saturday and Sunday, at the first winery you visit.

The 4th Annual Kilmarnock Wine Festival takes place in Lancaster County, VA, on June 23 from 11-5. You can sample wines from the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail including Athena Vineyards, Belle Mount, Good Luck Cellars, The Hague Winery, Oak Crest Vineyard, Ingleside, Saude Creek, and General’s Ridge. Also enjoy live music, food and regional crafts. $12 at the gate, or purchase in advance for $10.

The Lynchburg Beer & Wine Festival will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2012, from 11am-7pm at the Riverfront Festival Park in downtown Lynchburg,  and features over 21 wineries and breweries, artisans and crafters, fabulous food and live music.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate and include a sampling card.


Shenandoah Uncorked at the Yellow Barn (exit 269 off I-81) kicks off on November 10, 2012, with wineries Cave Ridge, North Mountain, Shenandoah Vineyards, Cedar Creek, Barren Ridge, Bluestone, Peaks of Otter, Stone Mountain and Wisteria. With live music and quality craft vendors, and special children’s activities on the menu, this fest promises family fun showcasing the area’s agricultural, musical and culinary talent.

These are just a few of the many fests coming up in the next few months. Take a look here at some great events that you should be watching for next year!

We want to hear from you! Let us know about your best (and worst!) festival experiences. If you could only attend ONE festival a year, which would it be?