Mother’s Day weekend in May will be “Virginia Wine Love” weekend, with 50 host wineries around the state. Activities at participating wineries include specialty wine tastings, complimentary snacks, private tours, trivia contests, book signings, and wine discounts.

Richard Leahy, author of “Beyond Jefferson’s Vines: the Evolution of Quality Wine in Virginia”, will act as an event host at Chisolm Vineyards at Adventure Farm ( He will be signing and selling copies of the 3rd edition of his book from noon until 3 pm, and will be available for questions about Virginia wine.

“I like the location of Chisolm Vineyards at Adventure Farm, a working farm in the owners’ family since 1950,” says host Richard Leahy. “Wine quality is high, and although the vineyard is adjacent to the CHO runway, the peaceful view of the Blue Ridge makes it feel like you’re way out in Albemarle County. Plus, you can buy frozen cuts of their own grass-fed beef in the tasting room.”

Each time a guest checks in at a winery over the weekend, they’ll be entered in a “Virginia Wine Gives Back” drawing, which includes prizes like a tasting for four featuring Mountain & Vine Vineyards’ (formerly Delfosse Vineyards) Screaming Hawk Meritage—the top wine in this year’s Governor’s Cup Competition—and ballroom dance lessons at Briede Vineyards in the Shenandoah Valley.

See the complete list of participating wineries and event details here:

How to participate in Virginia Wine Love Weekend

·       Look over the map and list of fifty participating wineries (Chisolm Vineyards at Adventure Farm is near Earlysville and the Charlottesville airport (CHO) in the Monticello AVA of Central Virginia.

·       Check details to see what activities each winery is offering 

·       Pick a few wineries you love and/or want to get to know, and invite some friends

Virginia Wine Love Weekend is the first project of Virginia Wine Women, a loose affiliation of winery owners, winemakers, vineyard managers and other industry stakeholders. The weekend event is organized by Virginia wine writer Nancy Bauer and Northern Neck wine travel specialist Terri Newman-Hyde.