Enjoy the Best Hampton Roads Wine Festivals

We've heard more than one vintner in Virginia call the state "Napa East," thanks to the growth of wine production in the Commonwealth. If you have traveled the state, you'll find that there are more than a hundred wineries that offer a wide selection of fragrant vintages. From the popular Viognier to the earthy reds like Merlot and Cabernet Franc, there's something to suit every palate. In the Hampton Roads area, we now have three wineries for you to visit (Williamsburg Winery, Mermaid Winery, and Pungo Ridge Winery), but that doesn't mean you have to leave town to taste what more Virginia has to offer.

Wine festivals are popular in Hampton Roads. Each year representatives from wineries across the state and sometimes beyond converge on our region to share their latest vintages. These events typically attract thousands of wine enthusiasts a year, and you'll find more than the sweetness of the vine when you visit. Live music, great food, and arts and crafts vendors are also hand to make the days extra special. So why not slip that sleeve of crackers in your bag and head over to some of our favorite Hampton Roads wine events.

Town Point Wine Festival: (May and October) One of the city's favorite traditions is the wine festival held at Town Point Park in Norfolk, held in the Spring and Autumn. Here you can sample the best of the state's vintages along with gourmet snacks provided by local restaurants. We've been lucky to be blessed with beautiful weather every time the Town Point festival happens, plus you're walking distance from downtown Norfolk and the many great new restaurants that have opened.

Chesapeake Wine Festival: (October) This fall event is one of the most anticipated in the city of Chesapeake. The wine festival benefits many local charities and to date has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help various community interests. Virginia and international wines are represented here, and thoroughly enjoyed.

Neptune Festival: (September) The big Virginia Beach fall festival usually features a space for regional and international wines. Here you can savor the tastes of Virginia and enjoy various beach-related activities, from the professional sand sculpting displays to the big surfing competition.

Yorktown Wine Festival: (October) Enjoy a sip of your favorite red or white as you stroll waterside through Yorktown. You'll enjoy many local and area vendors and live entertainment, with options for a multi-course wine-paired dinner.

Take note that all festivals will check for ID. Festival fees usually include a souvenir glass, and food is extra. You should be able to buy bottles of the vintages you liked most at the festival, too.

If you love wine, Hampton Roads is the place to be during festival time. Salud!

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