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Virginia Wine Month has come to a close and we hope you enjoyed weeks filled with tastings, celebrations, and the opportunity to discover the diverse world of Virginia wines. From the Shenandoah Valley to the Blue Ridge Mountains and beyond, October is a great time to highlight our local wine region.
Virginia boasts a unique and diverse range of wine regions, each with its own distinctive terroir and grape varietals. Whether you prefer the rolling hills of the Shenandoah Valley, the lush vineyards of Loudoun County, or the picturesque setting of the Eastern Shore, Virginia offers a wine region for every palate. Even though Virginia Wine Month is wrapping up, it doesn’t mean you have to stop exploring wine in Virginia!
The Governor’s Cup
Did you know Virginia is home to one of the biggest wine competitions in the United States? World-class judges gather to award the best wines in the state. The Virginia Governor’s Cup stands as the Commonwealth’s most rigorous wine competition. Last year, after sampling 614 entries, world-class judges awarded 66 wineries, cideries, and meaderies from across the Commonwealth with 142 gold medals. Be sure to grab tickets to the Governor’s Cup Gala and Stay up to date for this year’s Governor’s Cup Event happening in March 2024.
The Gold Medal Wine Trail
You can still make your way through Virginia’s Wine Country today by embracing the 2023 Gold Medal Wine Trail, a free mobile passport that brings the exceptional gold-medal-winning wineries from the renowned 2023 Virginia Governor’s Cup Competition right to the palm of your hand.
By following the trail, you’ll have the opportunity to sip on award-winning wines and uncover the wineries that encapsulate the elegance, determination, and innovative spirit of Virginia. Every check-in along the trail will reward you with points, granting access to exclusive Virginia Wine prizes and extraordinary experiences.
Wine and Food Pairing
With the holidays around the corner, it’s the perfect time to brush up on food and wine pairings for your holiday table! Whether it’s a hearty cheese platter or a gourmet five-course meal, there’s something for every food and wine lover. Check out this printable PDF and use it as a guide to find the perfect wine for your meal. And don’t forget, local wine also makes a great gift for the holidays!
As Virginia Wine Month has wrapped up, it’s clear that this celebration has much more to offer than just wine. It’s a celebration of the land, the community, and the dedication of winemakers and enthusiasts who make Virginia’s wine industry thrive. Virginia Wine Month provides a unique opportunity to explore the beauty and diversity of Virginia’s wine regions while enjoying exceptional wine and food experiences. We hope you enjoyed celebrating!