Thursday, July 12, 2007

VA is for Wine

Wine based vacations is becoming a popular trend and wine regions around the globe are building up to meet the tourism demands with expanded tasting rooms, vineyard tours, new hotels and inns, gift shops and more and more restaurants. A recent Travel + Leisure Magazine article listed the following locations as "five of the newest ready-for-prime-time wine regions from around the world":

  • Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
  • Casablanca Valley and San Antonio, Chile
  • Majorca, Spain
  • Virginia, USA
  • Central Otago, New Zeland

Most people in the US probably won't get to the 4 international locations but Virginia may not just be for lovers anymore. Maybe it's also for wine lovers, too. Virgina has 6 designated viticultural regions [and/or 5 winery regions], is the 5th largest producing state nationally and has over 100 wineries and over 260 individual vineyards. With a growing list of awards for Virgina wine, this is definitely the up and coming region here in the states.

And if all of that isn't enough, maybe the 32nd annual Virgina Wine Festival in Leesburg featuring 60 Virginia wineries, gourmet local cuisine, wine seminars, music and 130 local arts and crafts artisans occurring on September 15th and 16th will give you incentive to stop into Virgina for some wine, food and fun. You might just fall in love with a Virgina wine.

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