25th Anniversary of VA Wine Month Celebrated
On Monday Sept. 30th, Gov. Baliles, who launched the first October Virginia Wine Month in 1988, joined Gov. Bob McDonnell and Sec. Todd Haymore to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of October Virginia Wine Month. All living former Governors of the Commonwealth of Virginia were invited to attend this special event, which was held at the Library of Virginia and will highlight red and white wine samplings from 25 award winning wineries including library wines dating back to the much earlier vintages. In addition, an archival exhibit of historical Virginia wine artifacts, including a signed letter from Thomas Jefferson was displayed. The exhibit, which showcases the past and present of the Virginia Wine industry, also included library wines from earlier vintages. The event took place at the Library of Virginia in Richmond.
Virginia celebrates Virginia Wine Month each October with an array of unique wine experiences, wine festivals, winery tours, travel packages and more. First celebrated in 1988, Virginia Wine Month has grown to highlight Virginia’s wine production as it has grown to be ranked fifth in the nation.