Industry wine board

About the Virginia Wine Board

Created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1984 as part of Virginia's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Virginia Wine Board promotes the interests of vineyards and wineries in the Commonwealth through research, education and marketing. The Board fulfills the following duties.

  • Receives funding from the Virginia Wine Promotion Fund and dispenses it for wine-related projects and initiatives.
  • Contracts research to improve viticultural and enological practices in the Virginia wine industry.
  • Promotes education about and appreciation for Virginia wines.
  • Promotes the growing of wine grapes and wine production throughout the Commonwealth.
  • Disseminates information on wine and viticultural topics.
  • Contracts marketing, advertising and other programs that promote the growth of the state's wine industry and the enjoyment of Virginia wines.
  • Collaborates with state, regional, national, and international organizations on their work related to Virginia's wine industry.

The Board consists of 10 members, nine of whom have voting privileges, all appointed by Virginia's governor for four-year terms. Three of the Board members are growers and six of which represent wineries. Approximately two-thirds of the Board's budget goes towards education and marketing, with the remaining third spent on wine-related research.

Board of Directors

David King, Chairman
King Family Vineyards

Doug Fabbioli
Fabbioli Cellars

Steven Brown
Vineyard Grower

Patrick Duffler II
The Williamsburg Winery

Diane Flynt
Foggy Ridge Cider

Secretary Todd P. Haymore
Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry

Bill Tonkins
Veritas Vineyards & Winery

Chris Blosser
Breaux Vineyards

Mitzi Batterson
James River Cellars

Len Thompson
Rockbridge Vineyard

To Learn More

To learn more about the Virginia Wine Board, contact the Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office at 804-344-8200 or click here to e-mail us.

Vision 2015: A Strategic Direction for the Virginia Wine Industry

Vision 2015, the blueprint for establishing Virginia as a producer of world-class wines, resulted from Governor Mark R. Warner's 2004 Wine Study Work Group's work in collaboration with members of the Virginia wine industry.

The Virginia Wine Industry Strategic Plan outlined within Vision 2015 has six objectives.

  • To improve the quality and uniqueness of Virginia wines
  • To enhance the image and reputation of Virginia wines and the Virginia wine industry
  • To increase and expand the market share of Virginia wine sold in state, national and international markets
  • To improve the profitability of vineyard and wine businesses in Virginia
  • To maintain (enhance) Virginia's rural character and beauty through the expansion of Virginia's wine industry
  • To facilitate the development of complementary supply and service industries for the Virginia wine industry

The Virginia Wine Board and Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office oversee the ongoing efforts in all areas of the Vision 2015 plan.


The Virginia Wine Board contracts research to improve viticultural and enological practices in the Virginia wine industry. A summary of the projects funded for 2009-2010 is below:

Characteristics and monitoring of fungicide resistant grape powdery mildew
Principal Researcher: Anton Baudoin
Award: $24,500

Laboratory Assistant
Principal Researcher: Bruce Zoecklein
Award: $61,714

Determination of Factors Associated with Infestation and Damage by Grape Root Borer in Virginia Vineyards
Principal Researcher: Chris Bergh
Award: $8,680

Effects of vineyard surrounding, ground cover vegetation on management and alternative pesticide chemistries on sharpshooters, grape roo borer, and grape berry moth in Virginia vineyards
Principal Researcher: Doug Pfeiffer
Award: $30,000

Optimized grape potential through root system and soil moisture manipulations
Principal Researcher: Tony Wolf
Award: $32,242

Documentation of Grapevine Leafroll disease and investigations of potential disease spread in cultivated and wild grapevines in Virginia
Principal Researcher: Mizuho Nita
Award: $16,699

Petit Manseng Wine Quality: Sensory, Electronic Nose Profiling, and Consumer Preference Mapping
Principal Researcher: Bruce Zoecklein
Award: $6,500

Funding for the administration of the research projects
Principal Researcher: Virginia Vineyards Assoc.
Award: $1,912