While you tour Virginia's battlefields and other historic sites during the Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration,
we encourage you to discover something else that's making history in the commonwealth today. Virginia wines.
Actually, Virginia's wine history predates the Civil War by some 240 years, since the government required each male settler at the Jamestown settlement to plant and tend to at least 10 grapevines. Then, in 1807, Thomas Jefferson began cultivating European grapes and has been described as America's “first distinguished viticulturist.”
Cut to contemporary times, where recently Travel + Leisure's Bruce Schoenfeld proclaimed Virginia one of the up-and-coming wine regions (along with the likes of Chile, Italy, Spain and New Zealand) that “should be on the must-visit list of any adventurous wine traveler.”
The Virginia wineries featured in this passport are offering specially labeled wines in commemoration of the 150
While touring Civil War battlefields, stop by any of the participating wineries to purchase specially labeled wines commemorating the Civil War Sesquicentennial.
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Then have your passport stamped to create a keepsake of your tour through Virginia's battlefields and wineries.