HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Virginia wine sales broke a new record. Governor Bob McDonnell announced that wine sales increased by about 5 percent over the last fiscal year.
Wineries here in the Valley are also seeing that increase. CrossKeys Vineyards owner Nikoo Bakhtiar says they've had about a 20 percent increase of wine sales over the last year.
Along with an increase of sales, she says they see about a 10 to 15 percent increase in wine tasting.
Bakhtiar says Virginia is becoming a worldwide wine destination, and that's good news for the whole state.
She says the reason for the increase must be how wine-making has evolved in this region.
"The techniques that the winemakers are using, not only to grow better grapes, but they also know better what to do with the grape in the wine area, rather than try to imitate places like France or Northern California," said Bakhtiar. "We are trying to come up with ways to make the best grapes we grow here."
Bakhtiar says she hopes the quality of Virginia wine will continue to get better so business will continue to increase across the state.
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