Virginia’s Wine Trail
Friday, June 01, 2012
Did you know that Virginia ranks among
the fifth largest wine-producing states in the U.S.?
Virginians have long identified themselves with the vine. Grape and
wine production is part of their collective cultural identity and
heritage. Two hundred and fifty years ago Charles Carter,
born on Carter Creek, established the very first winery in America
and 2012 marks this significant milestone for Virginia and its
growing wine industry.
On February 3, 2012, two hundred and fifty years later, the
General Assembly of Virginia unanimously voted on a joint
resolution commending the Virginia Wine Industry on its 250th
Anniversary and recognized the significance of the gold medal
awarded to Charles Carter in 1762 as the genesis and foundation for
the success of wine in America.
Today, what was once a dream of a few Founding Fathers has now
become a reality for all to enjoy. On May 26th, 2012, the
state of Virginia expressed its appreciation of the Virginia Wine
Industry's historic contributions to the Commonwealth's economy and
heritage and, Philip Carter Winery hosted a 250th Anniversary of
American Wine event to signify the 12 bottles of Carter wine
sent to the Royal Society of the Arts, UK in the spring of
1762. And, October has become an eagerly awaited annual
highlight as Virginia's wine production ranks fifth in the U.S.
You too can enjoy tours and tastings at any of the state's 140
wineries. Embark on the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail for a day
filled with vineyards and the breathtaking scenery of Virginia's
Northern Neck. Awaiting discovery by your taste buds are such
Chesapeake Bay varietals as Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon,
Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Pinot Grigio, Seyval
Blanc, Syrah, and Vidal Blanc. A few of the local vintages
are even hitting the award scene and gaining international
Order up the Tides Inn's famous "Taste of the Northern Neck"
picnic-for-two basket to take along for exploring the charming
small towns that date to Colonial times, local museums and nearby
vineyards including Athena, Belle Mount Vineyards, the Dog and
Oyster, and Ingleside Vineyards -- built in 1834, with more than 50
acres of gently rolling countryside.
Many wineries call this area home - and they await your