Wine is so big in Virginia that we’re dedicating the entire
month of October to viniferous passions!
Wine Month celebrates the wine harvest in Virginia. Over 15 million acres of fall foliage are at their peak, and with more than 160 wineries, wine trails, wine festivals and wine packages, it is easy to find the wine you love in Virginia.
Central Virginia | Hampton Roads | Southern Virginia | Northern Virginia
Chesapeake Bay | Blue Ridge Highlands | Shenandoah Valley
Moneta – Oct 2, 9, 16, 23 – Fall Foliage Open House at Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery – Celebrate Virginia Wine Month with a fall foliage adventure to Hickory Hill! Bring a picnic and enjoy it in the scenic picnic area overlooking the vineyard.
Moneta – Oct 2 – Sunset Saturday at Hickory Hill – Join Hickory Hill Vineyards and Winery for an evening of relaxing music, good friends and family, and great wine all set in our beautiful picnic area overlooking the vineyard! Sunset Saturday features many local music talents! Pack a picnic, blankets and chairs and bring the family!
Nellysford – Oct 2-3, 9-10, 16-17 – Make Mine Wintergreen Wine – «Pull a Cork» and win specials discounts and gifts. Light picnic fare including artisanal cheeses will be available. Picnic by the Rockfish River and take in autumn’s splendor.
Etlan – Oct 8-11 – Fall Wine and Leaf Peep Festival – Come join us at DuCard Vineyards for wine and local gourmet foods at our inaugural event! We are new and have a gorgeous tasting room on the eastern edge of the Shenandoah National Park.
Amherst – Oct 9-10 – Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival – The Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival embraces food, wine, live entertainment, arts, crafts, and GARLIC! There are five stages with constant music and entertainment, including Garlic Cooking, Garlic King, Queen, and Jr. Queen Contests.
Glen Allen – Oct 15 – Fridays on the Patio at James River Cellars – Our beautiful patio sets the scene for this monthly event featuring local musicians, light food, and wine tasting. Bring a picnic and some friends.
Mineral – Oct 16 – Louisa Festival of the Vines – Included in the festival for your tasting pleasure, there will be over 100 wines to sample and purchase as well as Blue and Gray Micro Brewery. Products crafters, artisans, and food vendors are available for you to view or purchase.
Stanardsville – Oct 16-17, 23-24 – 24th Annual Barrel Tasting at Autumn Hill Vineyards – Barrel tasting of newly fermented 2010 wines with a cellar tour and wine appreciation discussion. Vertical Cabernet Sauvignon tasting including light refreshments and souvenir glass. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the fall foliage.
Powhatan – Oct 23 – Powhatan’s Festival of the Grape – Experience the Wines of Virginia at Powhatan’s Historic Courthouse Square. Enjoy Live Music & Entertainment, Juried Arts & Crafts, Gourmet Foods. Adult tickets $20, include complimentary tasting glass.
Yorktown – Oct 2 – Yorktown Wine Festival – The Best of Virginia in Yorktown – Virginia has become well-known in the world of fine wines. Come and sample wines from premiere wineries throughout the Commonwealth. Art and food vendors, plus entertainment, are also scheduled.
Norfolk – Oct 16-17 – Town Point Virgina Wine Festival, 23rd Annual – Join us along the Downtown Norfolk waterfront for one of the state’s largest outdoor wine festivals featuring more than 30 Virginia wineries. The musical sounds of Lewis McGehee will drift through the air as wine lovers sample a variety of wines, nosh on gourmet, made in Virginia foods, and shop onsite retailers for specialty crafts and wine accessories.
Chesapeake – Oct 30 – Chesapeake Virginia Wine Festival – Premier wines from the around the world will be available for tasting at the First Annual Chesapeake Virginia Wine Festival. This event will benefit the Cancer Center of Chesapeake Regional Medical Center and the community charities of the Rotary Club of Chesapeake. Music by Lewis McGehee.
Linden – Oct 2 – Sunset in the Vineyard at Fox Meadow – Come enjoy great wines while you relax on our deck, listen to classical music and view the spectacular sunset over the vineyard.
Delaplane – Oct 2, 16 – Sunset Saturdays at Delaplane Cellars! – Enjoy a wine tasting, bring a picnic, listen to great tunes from local arists, enjoy delicious wine, & delight in the delicious local food offerings we have including hummus, cheese, sausage, and bread. Ages 21+ only
Middleburg – Oct 2-3 – The 10th Annual Norton Wine & Bluegrass Festival – Visit Chrysalis Vineyards during harvest and experience the hottest festival of the year. Enjoy the best bluegrass in the area all weekend; food from our local “BBQ King”; cheese and chocolates from Virginia’s premier producers; jewelry and art from top-notch artisans; hay-rides through the vineyards; and a special 9-wine tasting. Then factor in that you are at the home of the world’s largest grower of Norton, The Real American Grape!® and you truly have a celebration!
Washington – Oct 9 – Columbus Day at Gadino Cellars – Join us for the 518th anniversary of the celebration of Columbus Day featuring the music of Robbie Limon. There is a lot excitement in the air as harvest and fermentations of 2010 wines will be under way. Cheese and sausage plates are available to pair with our wines or bring your own picnic.
Fredericksburg – Oct 9-10 – Fredericksburg Area Wine Festival – This is the 20th anniversary of The Fredericksburg Area Wine Festival with its six ownership wineries, 2 guest wineries and over 80 varieties of wine to sip and purchase. Also included in the festival for your tasting pleasure is Blue and Gray Micro Brewery. Products from 35 crafters and food vendors are available for you to view or purchase.
Leesburg – Oct 10 – Paddle & Wine Tour – A unique experience on a private paddle and wine tour! Guides will meet you at the winery and guide you on a 4.5 to 7 mile canoe paddle (kayaks can also be used) on the Potomac or Shenandoah River. This gentle stretch is rich in natural beauty and makes for a relaxing and fun time on this scenic stretch of river. Wine tasting of several premium wines follows in Tarara’s outdoor pavilion.
Culpeper – Oct 10 – Taste of Culpeper – Tempt your palate at «Taste of Culpeper» featuring the very best in local cuisine from Culpeper’s unique restaurants and caterers and Virginia wineries and microbreweries. Other activities of the day include children’s activities, live entertainment, and artist displays.
Fredericksburg – Oct 30 – Harvest Festival at Hartwood Winery – This quaint Virginia farm winery is the ideal place to celebrate the fall season! Join Hartwood Winery and Rogers Ford Winery to sample the harvested fruits of the vine and usher in the winter air. Enjoy hayrides, scarecrow-making, games, pony rides, live music, food and more! Kids will love this outdoor event. And the best part is, children get in free! Adult admission is $15.
Linden – Oct 30-31 – A Taste of the Harvest at Fox Meadow – This activity will be held in the wine cellar where we will be tasting our wine-in-process from the current harvest. Taste the white wines recently fermented and the young red wines in the barrels or bins. This activity is complimentary with a paid wine tasting.
Oak Grove – Oct 16 – 31st Harvest Celebration Festival – See winemaking demonstrations, take a tour of Ingleside’s vineyards and winery, enjoy artwork, crafts, exhibits and delicious food. Sit in the courtyard and relax (or dance) while listening to live music and sipping wine. Includes tour, tasting, Ingleside wine glass, live music. Food available or bring a picnic. $15 advance ticket; $20 at gate. Reservations recommended.
Blue Ridge Highlands
Floyd – Oct 9 – Chateau Morrisette Black Dog Wine & Beach Festival – Two musical acts will perform from 11 am – 5 pm. Tickets $15 in advance; $20 at the Gate. Children and young adults accompanied by an adult are admitted at no charge!
Raphine – Oct 2 – Annual Harvest Festival – Bring the family for a fun filled day at picturesque Rockbridge Vineyard. Live music, delicious food and wine tasting. Grape stomping and hayrides for the kids. $5 includes wine tasting and souvenir glass.
Rockbridge Baths – Oct 8 – Wines and Wags at Lexington Valley Vineyard – Relax and stroll through Lexington Valley Vineyards with your pet while enjoying unique Virginia wines. Bring a picnic or snack baskets available. Join other dog lovers for a waggingly good time!
Waynesboro – Oct 9-10 – River City Wine Festival – 3rd Annual – Plan a beautiful evening along the South River in downtown Waynesboro with live Jazz, wine tastings, and gourmet food vendors.
Fishersville – Oct 15 – Sunsets at the Vineyard – Barren Ridge Vineyards – Bring a picnic! Wine will be available for sale by the glass or bottle and the souvenir wine glass is yours! $10 entry and children under 12 are free.
Fincastle – Oct 15 – Wine, Moon & Stars at Virginia Mountain Vineyards – Enjoy a brief astronomical discussion by a member of the Roanoke Astronomy Club. View the October sky through telescopes set up in the vineyard. Relax and enjoy a bowl of chili and a bottle of your favorite VMV wine as you listen to an evening of music under the tent. Saturday Oct. 16 will be a rain/cloud date.