October is Virginia Wine Month! Take a Tour!
It’s a beautiful time of year to enjoy breathtaking scenery on a wine tour and celebrate with a special purchase. VirginiaWine.org features hundreds of possibilities for enjoying Virginia wines across the commonwealth.
ABC Stores Offer 20% Discount on Virginia Wines
During the month of October, ABC is pleased to offer a 20 percent discount on its wide selection of Virginia wines, including sparkling, red, blush, white, fruit and miscellaneous special offerings. Is there a wine we carry that isn’t available in your local store? Any ABC sales associate would be happy to assist you. Your selections will be shipped, free of charge, to your store of choice.
Whether you are well-versed in the variety of fine wines produced here in the commonwealth or newly acquainted to Virginia viticulture, we encourage you to explore our Virginia wine section online and when you visit an ABC store.
With 233 wineries and more than 3,300 acres of vineyards across the state, Virginia is one of the top five new wine travel destinations in the world. “The thriving Virginia wine industry is a homegrown asset providing 4,753 valuable jobs and $747 million in economic impact to our state,” said ABC Chief Operating Officer W. Curtis Coleburn. “We are pleased to sell Virginia wines and excited to expand this partnership that preserves local agriculture and promotes use of resources grown locally.”
A delicious sip of Virginia history
Virginia’s history and grape cultivation are uniquely entwined. Jamestown settlers, hoping the colony could become a major source of wine for the British Empire, passed a law in 1619 that required each male to plant and tend at least ten grape vines. Thomas Jefferson cultivated European grapes for more than 30 years. In the 1820s, wines made from Native American grapes met with great success. In fact, A Virginia Norton wine was named “best red wine of all nations” at the Vienna World’s Fair in 1873. Prohibition, however, had a lasting effect on the industry’s momentum for many decades, but in the 1970s a renewed effort to grow wine grapes took hold. Today, only California, New York, Oregon and Washington have more wineries than Virginia, and wines produced in the commonwealth have earned national and international recognition.