Tickets for the Fall Wine Festival and Sunset Tour at the will go on sale at the end of this month.
The popular wine festival features tastings from 16 Virginia wineries and a sunset tour of the mansion and grounds. Guests will also tour George Washington’s basement where he stored his wine. This year’s fall wine festival will be held from October 5 until October 7.
For the first time, a shuttle service will be offered from the King St. Metro station. The shuttle bus will leave the King St. Metro at 5:30 p.m. and depart Mount Vernon at 9:15 p.m. Tickets for the shuttle bus are $30 and can also be purchased online or at the Ford Orientation Center beginning August 27.
Virginia wineries were recently recognized at the 2012 San Francisco International Wine Competition. The competition is the largest international wine competition in America, with more than 4,500 wines from 26 U.S. States and 29 countries competing. Virginia wineries took home 24 medals in competition. Among those winning wineries are Luca Paschina and Barboursville Vineyards for winning 'Best of Show' for their 2007 Malvaxia Passito and Doug Flemer and his team at Ingleside Vineyards for winning 'Best of Varietal' for their 2007 Petite Verdot.
“Virginia wines continue to garner acclaim far and wide, which is just one reason why my administration is proud to promote them here in Virginia, across the country, and around the world,” said Governor Bob McDonnell in a release. “The latest recognition came when the awards for the prestigious San Francisco International Wine Competition, one of the most highly regarded wine competitions in the world, were announced earlier this month. Just as last year, a number of Virginia wines scored highly against more than 4500 other wines and were awarded double gold, gold, silver, and bronze medals. The First Lady and I congratulate all of our wineries and wine makers for their accomplishments and for helping raise the Virginia wine industry to higher levels.”
Virginia is home to more than 200 wineries statewide and is fifth in the nation for wine grape production. A recent economic impact study showed that Virginia's burgeoning wine industry contributes $747 million annually to Virginia's economy. Virginia was recently named one of the ten best wine travel destinations in the world for 2012 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Tickets for Mount Vernon’s fall wine festival and sunset tour sell out quickly, so be sure purchase them early. Tickets are $35 each and will be available on mountvernon.org or at the Ford Orientation Center beginning August 27 at 10 a.m. For more information, visit www.mountvernon.org.