Wineries Celebrate Virginia Wine Month

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

Virginia wine brings about 1.6 million visitors to the Commonwealth every year.

In October, wineries across the state are celebrating Virginia Wine Month.

Governor Bob McDonnell is one of many governors who has kept the tradition going since 1988.

The wine industry brings in 747 million dollars every year.

Lee Hartman, the winemaker at Bluestone Vineyard, said that this month is like New Years for them because it's harvest season.

Wineries across the state employ more than 4,750 people.

Locally, Bluestone Vineyard will be hosting a harvest dinner and partnering with local restaurants to offer specials.

At Bluestone, it's a family affair. They started growing grapes in 2008.

Hartman said one draw of Virginia vineyards is the intimate setting.

"You're very likely to meet the winemaker you're likely to meet the owner, he might be pouring for you behind the counter. It's a much smaller, more intimate atmosphere, both in tastes and geographically, we are right in thet middle of California and France," said Hartman.

They expect to be finished with harvest at the end of October. As for local events, Massanutten Resort also has a Virginia Winemakers' Dinner weekly.

You can find a list of events in Virginia here.

Harrisonburg Tourism also has a list of local events here.


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