While we have yet to foster the interest or approval, like California, as a premier wine region, Virginia wines are really gaining credibility beyond our borders. “California has had such success and international acclaim with its wine,” said Linda Murphy, co-author of the book American Wine. She went on to say that other states “have seen the economic boom, and they are looking to get a piece of that.”

wineWineries and vineyards in the Commonwealth add approximately $750 million to the economy, when you include their related jobs, taxes and sales. According to the Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office, we currently have approximately 230 wineries, and, in the 2013 fiscal year, sold more than 511,000 cases of wine.
We are tied with Texas as the fifth-largest wine and grape-growing state for the year.
Todd Haymore, Virginia’s Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, told the New York Times last summer, “Wine is one of the fastest-growing segments of agriculture,”,. “We can’t be California, but we can be the East Coast capital for wine and wine tourism.”

Have you ever been interested in really investigating the great wine country that we have here locally? Virginia Tourism has a suggestion: a three-day wine getaway in Northern Virginia. Whether you want to make this a winter retreat or tuck it away as a great idea after the weather breaks, you can find all the resources you need to plan a great three days away by clicking here.

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