The 21st Annual Town Point Virginia Wine Competition was held on Friday, October 5 , 2012, at the Town Point Club in downtown Norfolk under the direction of Dr. Roy L. Williams. Twenty-seven Virginia wineries submitted wines to this year’s competition which was judged by fourteen judges including local chefs, wine writers, wine consultants and members of the wine industry.
Governor Bob McDonnell and First Lady Maureen McDonnell hosted the first annual Virginia Wine Summit on October 2 at the Richmond Marriott. The sold-out event brought together domestic and international wine experts and industry leaders to taste Virginia wines and discuss key topics in moving the Virginia wine industry forward.
A testament to the quality and growing prominence of Virginia Wine, the US Treasury Department has designated Middleburg Virginia AVA as the newest American Viticulture Area (AVA) in the Federal Registry.
A ceremony to commemorate the first two full containers of Virginia Wine exported to China was held on Mon. Aug. 20 at the Winery at La Grange in Haymarket, Va.
The Virginia Wine Master’s Awards were distributed to 64 restaurants and wine shops throughout Virginia for 2011. This program highlights the businesses that are taking the localvore movement to the next level, specifically as it regards to their efforts in promoting and selling Virginia wines.
Virginia Wines continue to share the spotlight on the international stage, this time at the 2012 London International Wine Fair (LIWF), where award-winning wineries from the Central Virginia, Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads Regions will be pouring May 22 - 24.
Virginia Wines continue to show well on the international stage, this time at one of the longest running wine competitions in the United States. Barrel Oak, Ingleside, Keswick and North Gate Vineyards all were awarded gold medals, and Barrel Oak, Gray Ghost, Ingleside, Jefferson and Keswick Vineyards were awarded silver medals at the 29th San Diego International Wine Competition held March 10 -11, 2012.
Governor Bob McDonnell welcomed top wine and travel journalists and industry leaders at a special event March 27 in San Francisco to promote Virginia’s wine, tourism and film industries.
Governor Bob McDonnell, who championed major changes to the Virginia Governor's Cup competition last year that made the event one of the most stringent and thorough wine competitions in the United States, has awarded the 2012 Virginia Governor's Cup to Glen Manor Vineyards 2009 Hodder Hill Meritage.
Economic Impact of Virginia Wine Industry Increases 106% to $747 Million Over Figures from Last Study in 2005.
Twenty-two awards went to Virginia wines at the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition last week, including one Best in Class and one Double Gold. This competition is the largest competition of American wines in the world.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine has named Virginia as one of the 10 best wine travel destinations for 2012. The article, listed online and in the February issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine, highlights Virginia as one of only three domestic destinations to make the list of wine regions that are ideal for wine lovers to visit in 2012.