APRIL 2016 VIRGINIA WINE EVENTS
April 2: Vertical Ranger Reserve and Petit Verdot Tasting
Gray Ghost Vineyards (Amissville)
Candlelit, black tie optional evening featuring past vintages of Ranger Reserve and a few vintages of Petit Verdot. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and discussion. Reservations.
April 2: Spring Winemaker Dinner
Casanel Vineyards & Winery (Leesburg)
Join the Casanel family for a delicious and fun evening, with dinner created by the Wandering Chef. Steve Potter will provide background music.
April 2: Winemaker Dinner
Marriott Ranch (Hume)
Five course gourmet dinner paired with select wines from Desert Rose Winery in celebration of their fifth year anniversary. Reservations 540-364-2627.
April 2: Black Wine Glass Tasting
Fox Meadow Winery (Linden)
Think you can tell a white wine from a red wine? Come get fooled by our new Black Glass Blind Tasting. Tastings held on the hour.
April 2: Wines & Swines Festival
Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex (Chatham)
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with friends while tasting, mangling, and purchasing. Local wines. Regional craft beer. Local BBQ craftsmen. Music by Harley Boone Band.
April 2: Step Into Mystery!
Narmada Winery (Amissville)
An interactive game of Clue. You must find out who did the crime, why and how. Best answer wins the Super Sleuth Award. Reservations.
April 3: Barrel Tasting
Virginia Mountain Vineyards (Fincastle)
Pack a picnic and join in the annual barrel tasting in the tasting room and enjoy a sneak taste of the wines to come. Music by Rag Top.
April 9: A Celebration of the Vine Wine Festival
The Millworks (Midlothian)
Beautiful new location is perfect for spring day of wine tastings, food and craft vendors. Live music throughout the day, ATMs, abundant parking with free shuttle.
April 9: Clarksville Lake Country Wine Festival
On the Bridge (Downtown Clarksville)
Celebrating 10 years with a new location to accommodate the growing crowds and beautiful views of Buggs Island/Kerr Lake. Come, relax, and enjoy the music, the wine, craft beer, great foods. This is a 21 and older event, rain or shine.
April 9: Monticello Wine Trail Wine Festival
Downtown Mall (Charlottesville)
Tasting event featuring 25 local wineries and live entertainment. Exclusive VIP ticket available for catered food and exclusive wines. One flight of tastings per winery.
April 9: Grapes & Grains
Virginia Museum of Natural History (Martinsville)
Benefit for the Museum, with delicious food, with samples of variety of wines, specialty beers and spirits. Silent auction.
April 9: Wine and Ewe Shearing Day
Wisteria Farm and Vineyard (Stanley)
While the grapes start waking up, the rest of the farm is alive and kicking. Join in shearing day beginning around 10. Hot drinks and snacks. Tasting Room open.
April 9: Spring Barrel Tasting
Ingleside Vineyards (Oak Grove)
Be among the first to experience the future of our wines straight from the barrel. Includes tour, tasting, wine glass and live music. Food available or bring a picnic.
April 9: Ladies’ Glam Night
James Charles Winery (Winchester)
Enjoy a nights out at the winery celebrating all things girls with presentations on skincare, jewelry and fashion. Includes glass of wine and appetizers. Reservations.
April 9: Smithfield Wine & Brew Fest
Windsor Castle Park (Smithfield)
Brew Fest is part of a weekend of activities. Wines, local brews, culinary delights and upscale vendors, live entertainment. An adult event for 21 and older.
April 9-10: Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival
Meadow Event Park (Doswell)
A unique event combining fine wine tasting, microbrew, live music and everything you ever wanted to know about fly fishing. Mission is to introduce as many people to the sport of fly fishing as possible.
April 9-10: Rites of Spring Wine Festival
21550 Gordon Shelton Blvd (Fredericksburg)
Award winning Virginia wines, unique artisan and crafters, food concessionaires, live entertainment and more. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a fun-filled day.
April 10: Winemaker Presentation
Democracy Vineyards (Lovingston)
Winemaker Ben Margulies will lead guests through a tour of new reds. Sunday, 4 to 5.
April 10: Reserve Tasting
Afton Mountain Vineyards (Afton)
Reserve tasting with winemaker Damien in the barrel cave typically only open for special events. Reservations. Very limited availability.
April 10: Spring Brunch
Breaux Vineyards (Purcellville)
Start with sample of Breauxmance sparkling wine followed by sensational food and wine pairings. Menu by Grandale Farm to pair perfectly with Breaux wines.
April 16: Taste of Spring: Brews, Buds, Bites
Tides Inn (Irvington)
Virginia microbreweries are the star of this day-long event. Unlimited tasting, commemorative cup and live entertainment. Local restaurants and artisan food vendors will offer signature bites. Music by SLAPNATION.
April 16: Spring Oyster Festival
DuCard Vineyards (Etlan)
Rappahannock steamed and raw oysters and crab cakes along with a bottle of wine and you have a day made in heaven. Music by the Bennie Dodd Band.
April 16: Cabernet Sauvignon Vertical Tasting
Dry Mill Vineyards Winery (Leesburg)
Remaining Cabernet Sauvignons of 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2014 paired with catered tapas. Some wine will be for sale, if available.
April 16: Wine Tasting with Irish Music
Hunter’s Run Winery (Hamilton)
Live Irish music by the Capital Celtic band. Enjoy the winery’s finest selections or a glass of mulled wine or sangria with light fare. No entry fee.
April 16: Farmville Wine Festival
Riverside Park (Downtown Farmville)
Featuring some of Virginia’s premier wineries, fabulous food, arts and entertainment.
Benefit Meals on Wheels.
April 16: Williamsburg Music & Wine Festival
Williamsburg Moose Lodge (Williamsburg)
Eight Virginia wineries, live music, delicious food and various vendors. All guests must be at least 21.
April 16-17: Budbreak Celebration
Cana Vineyards & Winery (Middleburg)
April 17: Northern Neck Wine Tasting Festival
Rice’s Hotel/Hughlette’s Tavern (Heathsville)
Wine tasting on the grounds of the last surviving 1700 era structure in the Northern Neck.
Farmers Market, quilt show, food, artists and artisans, and earth day celebration.
April 17-15: Virginia Wine Camp
Inn at Vineyards Crossing
Eleven wineries and a luxury Inn come together for a 3-day, 2-night immersion experience in Virginia’s Wine Country. Limited to 12. For reservations, contact Innkeeper at the Inn at Vineyards Crossing at (540) 364-2466 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 22: Shad Planking and Grapes & Grains Festival
Wakefield Sportsmen’s Club (Wakefield)
The event seamlessly marries food, wine, music and politics in a way that no other event in Virginia can do. Ticket is good for one vote in presidential straw poll.
April 22: DIVA Night
DeVault Family Vineyards (Concord)
Back by popular demand. A night for ladies to come out and get pampered, listen to music and drink wine. Ladies Only!
April 22-23: Bloomin’ Wine Fest
Kick-off of the Annual Apple Blossom Festival with 20 wineries, two stages with live music. Stroll among the artisans and vendors as you enjoy the wine. Food vendors.
April 23: Bloom Fest
Foggy Ridge Cider (Dugspur)
Celebrate the beautiful apple orchard bloom and visit the spring orchard for a guided tour by Owner Diane Flynt. Enjoy a tasting of the season’s finest blends.
April 23: Suffolk Wine Festival
7000 College Drive (Suffolk)
Wines of 10 Virginia wineries and from Sister City wineries in Italy. Also Virginia Craft Breweries.
April 23: Wild Game Winemaker’s Dinner
Breaux Vineyards (Purcellville)
Enjoy a spectacular menu by Chef Author of Grandale Farms paired with a variety of favorite wine selections. Courses from alligator to elk. Reservations.
April 23-24: Gardens Galleries and Grapes
Shenandoah County Artisan Trail (Woodstock)
Over 21 locations hosting 80+ artists, crafters and vendors in county-wide event. Live demos, farm markets and vineyard tours. Free event with fee for wine tastings.
April 24: Wine and Chocolate Pairing
Virginia Mountain Vineyards (Fincastle)
Learn how to pair these complex, decadent treats. Chocolate from Baylee’s Best Chocolate. Reservations.
April 24: Spring Oyster Crawl
Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail
Each participating winery offers a unique pairing of oysters and wine. Learn about oysters of the region and share your experience with friends.
April 26: Earth Day Vineyard Tour
Keswick Vineyards (Keswick)
Join Winemaker Stephen Bernard for guided vineyard tour and in-depth discussion about growing grapes. Taste chardonnay, viognier, merlot and turiga in their specific blocks.
Reserve your spot!
May 30: High on the Hog
Philip Carter Winery of Virginia (Hume)
A Virginia Pig Roast! Includes slow-roasted pig, sides, live music and glass of award winning wine. Come dressed in your Sunday best. Reservations.
May 30: Fork and Cork Festival
Corporate Research Center (Blacksburg)
New River Valley’s premier food, wine and art festival with 20 wineries, wine pairing and cooking demos, handmade creations by local artists, culinary delights and live music.
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