A photo of The Best Wine Tasting Tours in Virginia & Shenandoah Valley


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Why Visit Virginia?

The US state of Virginia is well-known as the Birthplace of America, a region rich in history. It may not be the first American state that springs to mind when considering a wine tasting holiday. However, Thomas Jefferson, a Virginia native, rendered the state the “Birthplace of American Wine” with his first, very earnest efforts to make great wine from French grape vines in the 1600’s. With more than 4,000 acres of grapes and over 300 wineries spanning the state, Virginia is now home to 10 regions and eight distinct AVAs, making it an excellent destination for a wine tasting holiday. 

Several dedicated wine trails wind their way across Virginia, connecting wine lovers to boutique wineries. There is no mass wine production in the state, so expect intimate wine tasting experiences, typically with the owners who manage the vineyards themselves. There is a wealth of little-known varietals to sample on a wine tasting tour, such as Petit Verdot and Petit Mansang, while Bordeaux-style red blends make up some of the region’s most highly acclaimed wines. America’s oldest wine grape was also born in Virginia and talented local winemakers are working to restore Norton to its prominence as America’s native grape.

Just as a sip of Virginia wine offers an authentic snapshot of the land and the vine at a specific time and place; the bountiful local produce also offers a sense of place impacted by the unique terroir of each region, from the coast of The Chesapeake Bay to the famous Shenandoah Valley. Oysters and seafood pulled fresh from the waters along with farm-fresh produce, meats and cheeses make the ideal pantry for aspiring chefs. Food tours offer the opportunity to sample some of the best cuisine Virginia brings to the table and the numerous craft breweries, cideries, distilleries and meaderies offer additional tastes for those seeking something different to try.

There’s more than wine and food to discover during a visit to Virginia. Stops at George Washington’s Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello are a must for history buffs, as is a visit to Williamsburg, the largest living history museum in the world. Country roads connect small towns, each with its own piece of the American story to share.  A diverse landscape, from Atlantic Ocean beaches to the mountains of the Blue Ridge, offer outdoor lovers a wealth of activities to enjoy. And for those interested in arts and culture, Virginia features world-class theatres and art museums along with vibrant street art and a dynamic music scene.

The Virginia Governor’s Cup Gold Medal Wine Trail connects wine loving visitors with some of Virginia’s best wineries. Wine lovers can sign up for free and follow the trail throughout the state to taste the award-winning portfolios in an interactive, mobile-friendly way.

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