Virginia Needs More Vineyards to Keep Up With Demand


Many are toasting Virginia for its booming wine industry.

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Many are toasting Virginia for its booming wine industry.

On the other side, some people are worried about the amount of grapes grown in the commonwealth remaining flat.

There are not enough grapes produced in state to support the amount of wine needed, according to the Virginia Farm Bureau.

Lee Hartman, the general manager of Bluestone Vineyard said that even though there are not enough grapes produced in state, state leaders are actively pushing growers to increase their harvests.

"For the last four years they would come out to different wine events, throughout the state to different tasting rooms, they listen to our concerns, I was in Richmond just yesterday meeting with legislatures and it was a very very positive and open experience with all of them," said Hartman.

Virginia is ranked fifth nationwide for wine production.


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