Industry wineries association

About the Virginia Wineries Association

Formed in 1983, the Virginia Wineries Association (VWA) grew out of the desire by owners of Virginia wineries to create a wine community that shared ideas and resources to the benefit of everyone in the Virginia wine industry. As a non-profit trade organization, the VWA advocates on behalf of the industry in a number of areas.

  • The VWA promotes viticulture and vintner practices that ensure the highest quality wine production among its member-wineries.
  • Education about Virginia wines and appreciation for their distinctive qualities among consumers are ongoing initiatives of the VWA.
  • As a trade organization, the VWA helps develop increased market share for Virginia wines.
  • The VWA supports continued research into the relationship between wine and health.
  • A thriving wine industry is a growing one, so the VWA favors the industry's continued expansion statewide

Board of Directors

Mitzi Batterson, President
James River Cellars Winery

Lyn Thompson, Vice-President
Rockbridge Vineyard

Pete Johns, Secretary
New Kent Winery

Geoffery Cooper, Treasurer
Cooper Vineyards

Ann Heidig, Past President
Lake Anna Winery

Joan Bieda (alt: Dennis Horton)
Horton Cellars Winery

Dean Gruenburg
Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery

David Morisette
Chateau Morrisette Winery

Randy Phillips
Cave Ridge Vineyard

Brian Roeder
Barrel Oak Winery

Justin RoseRosemont of Virginia Winery

Jim Turpin
Democracy Vineyards

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