October is Virginia Wine Month, and a great time to discover why Wine Enthusiast magazine named us one of the 10 best wine travel destinations in the world. Here are a few tips to help maximize your Virginia vineyard experience.

1. Do your homework. Are there specific types of wines you want to try or viticultural areas you’d like to visit?
2. Go to VirginiaWine.org and plan your route. There are existing wine trails designed to make the most of your trip. It’s recommended to visit no more than three to four vineyards per day, and if possible, go during the week for more personalized attention and less crowds.
3. Check out each winery beforehand for details. All have different hours, special events, tasting policies and group availability. Many require advance notice for larger parties.
4. Travel smart. It’s important to have bottled water on hand to stay hydrated between tasting sessions. All those sips can add up. Experts recommend spitting out wine after tastings to ensure sobriety. And be sure to have a designated driver.

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.

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Grace Silipigni