October is Virginia Wine Month, and a great time to discover why Wine Enthusiast magazine named us one of the ten best wine travel destinations in the world. Lots of new and exciting things are happening at Virginia wineries these days. The state is consistently recognized in publications like Wine Spectator, the Washington Post and the New York Times as one of the country’s most promising wine regions. Virginia was also named one of the World’s 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations by Wine Enthusiast magazine.

Some are surprised by Virginia’s winemaking success, but in fact, the birthplace of America is also the birthplace of American wine. In 1619, early settlers were required by law to plant grapes in hopes that Virginia would become a major wine source for the British empire. Unfortunately, due to disease and drought, little came of the initial harvest.

Thomas Jefferson tried to grow wine grapes for over 50 years, yet could never produce a single bottle.

In the 1820s, wines made from Native American grapes met with great success, and in 1873, a Virginia Norton wine was named “best red wine of all nations” at the Vienna World’s Fair. Alas, Prohibition promptly halted the momentum in the early 20th century.

Despite the setbacks, some visionary vintners persevered. Thanks to modern viticultural advances and refined planting techniques, the winemaking dream that began in 1619 has finally become a reality.

Virginia wines are now recognized among the world’s best, and there are over 250 local wineries ready to show you why. There are exciting events and special promotions going on all month long. Be sure to visit VirginiaWine.org for a complete list of October Wine Month activities.

Drink Local October Challenge
Be true to your roots, Virginia! In celebration of Wine Month, please choose a Virginia vintage when enjoying wine during the month of October. Whether at home or in a restaurant, be sure to support our local wineries. Tell us about your Virginia Wine crush at #VAWine and #OctVAWineMonth.

Always drink responsibly.

Written By

Grace Silipigni