Have you been dreaming of swirling your glass and exercising your wine tasting skills, right in downtown Staunton? Warm up and develop your palate by sampling and comparing some of Virginia’s best wine and cider at the 10th annual Winter Wine Festival. This event, hosted by the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in partnership with the Historic Staunton Foundation, promises to gather wines from more than a dozen vineyards hailing from both sides of the Blue Ridge. You’ll also enjoy live music and a concession area with food from local vendors.
- Saturday, February 22, 2020
- Noon – 5 p.m.
- Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center, 24 South Market Street, Staunton, Virginia 24401
One of the perks of wine festivals is that they gather offerings from many different vineyards. Your tasting includes more than just different varietals. You’ll be able to taste wines from distinct areas of the state and note the differences caused by changes in soil, growing methods, and preparation. Look for tastes from
- AmRhein’s Wine Cellars
- Barren Ridge Vineyards
- Castle Glen Estates Winery
- Cobbler Mountain Cider
- Horton Vineyards
- Lake Anna Winery
- Mattaponi Winery
- Stanburn Winery
- The Homeplace Vineyard
- Vintner’s Cellar Winery and more.
Before You Attend
- Tickets are $25 advance, $30 at the door.
- Tickets include tastings, a souvenir glass, and a snack bag.
- No outside food is permitted, but your snack bag and the delicious food for purchase in the concession area will keep your belly happy. Vendors include My Buddy’s Nuts, Staunton Olive Oil Company, and more.
- Non-drinkers and designated drivers aren’t required to buy a ticket.
Winter Wine Festival Package
The Stonewall Jackson Hotel makes a fine backdrop for this popular event. Built in 1924 and restored extensively in recent years, the hotel offers modern conveniences and classic elegance. Look for original features like the one-of-a-kind 1924 Wurlitzer Organ and beautiful chandeliers and lighting fixtures. You can’t beat staying overnight at the Stonewall Jackson. Check out the Winter Wine Festival Package, which includes:
- Overnight accommodations
- Two tickets to the wine festival
- Breakfast for two and overnight self-parking
Why Not Extend Your Visit?
If you love classical music, extend your visit to attend the first concert in Heifetz Institute’s Beethoven Experience on February 24. This musical and educational experience marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth and explores his 16 string quartets. A symposium “investigating the intersections between Beethoven and the intellectual, political, and artistic currents of his time” will introduce each concert in the series.