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Make Mine Virginia Wine: Celebrate the Grape Harvest with Virginia Wine Month

September 21, 2010 By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Monticello with Fall Foliage

Wine lovers, take heed. October is Virginia Wine Month, meaning bacchus-style celebrations across the state to mark the annual grape harvest. Since Thomas Jefferson first transplanted French grape vines to his own backyard at Monticello, Virginia has blossomed as a wine destination—with vineyards sprouting across the state from Tidewater to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

It’s only fitting that Virginia Wine Month should kick off with an event at Jefferson’s Monticello. The Governor’s Cup for White Wines will be presented to one lucky Virginia winery as the opening event for October Virginia Wine Month on September 29, 2010. The first time the 22nd annual October Virginia Wine month celebration will be held at Monticello, the event will also include tastings from more than 20 wineries on the West Lawn. 

For the full directory of events for Virginia Wine Month, including concerts, barrel tastings, and vineyard tours, check out the Official Tourism Website of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Looking for lodgings? Luxury hotels like The Jefferson in Richmond are getting in the spirit with special “Virginia Wine Month” packages. And Keswick Hall, the Orient-Express property outside Charlottesville, invites guests to participate in the harvest: stomping the grapes which will become the hotel’s Chardonnay and Petit Verdot wines.


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