Going back to the Jamestown settlers and Jefferson’s vineyards at Monticello, Virginia has some serious wine-making roots. Here are some of our favorite festivals that incorporate the state’s best wineries and unique culture.
America’s third president, Thomas Jefferson is credited as the father of American viticulture, planting some of the nation’s first vineyards around Monticello. Today, Virginia is the fifth-largest wine producer in the U.S. and a top-ranked destination for connoisseurs of the grape, with over 190 wineries.
July 2-3: The Floyd Fandango Wine & Beer Festival
"Wine down" the Crooked Road music trail with The Floyd Fandango Wine & Beer Festival. Taste vintages from more than 15 wineries or grab one of 10 microbrews and tap your feet to some old-time bluegrass.
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July 16-17: The Days of Wine and Roses
If you loved the sentiment in the song The Days of Wine and Roses, the Daylily & Wine Festival will satisfy your passion for both flowers and floral notes. Held at Fisherville’s Andre Viette Farm and Nursery, home of the live radio show In the Garden with the Viettes, this festival combines gardening and tasting tips.
Sept. 10-11: The Wine Festival at The Plains
Spend a weekend horsing around at The Wine Festival at The Plains. Live the high life sipping some of Virginia’s unique artisan wines and sampling gourmet food, while watching the Commonwealth Cup of Polo. Try your hand at the "Winegeek" Quiz or your foot at the traditional divot stomping.
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Sept. 17-18: The 36th Annual Virginia Wine Festival
The 36th Annual Virginia Wine Festival is the oenophile motherlode, with over 400 Virginia wines paired with gourmet food tastings, a juried arts show, and world-class live entertainment in Centreville’s Bull Run Regional Park.
Sept. 24-25: The Stratford Hall Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival
Get a taste of history, along with crabcakes and Chesapeake vintages at The Stratford Hall Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival. Held at the plantation where Robert E. Lee was born near the rustic fishing villages of the Northern Neck, this festival features the wineries along the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail.
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