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Virginia's wine history dates back to the colonial days of Thomas Jefferson, when the former U.S. President decided to experiment with vines on his plantation in historic Monticello. Since then, Virginia has slowly blossomed into a reputable winemaking area, growing from six wineries in 1979 to 75 and counting today.

Vinifera Wine Growers Association
One of the oldest wine organizations on the east coast, this national wine trade association conducts national and international wine events as well as lobbies lawmakers to support overall U.S. wine industry objectives. VWGA also sponsors the annual Virginia Wine Festival.

Virginia Wineries Association
This association is a winery trade group that sponsors the Governor's Cup Wine Competition and the Vintage Virginia Wine Festival. VWA also develops and pursues legislative agendas with the General Assembly and the Virginia U.S. Congressional delegation.

Virginia Vineyards Association
The VVA promotes information exchange and cooperation among viticulturists, wineries and the enology program at Virginia Tech. Objectives include increasing commercial grape acreage and promoting products made from Virginia grapes.

Visit Loudoun
A destination management organization for Loudoun, VA, Visit Loudoun seeks to promote the region as DC's wine country and provide travel information and resources for visitors. From sporting and trailblazing along the tumbling hills of horse country to tasting and romancing in quaint towns and storied villages, this spirited destination in Northern Virginia offers a breath of fresh air, with an exquisite sense of taste.

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Virginia Travel Guide

(Updated 05/24/13 BH)

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