Did you know October is Virginia Wine Month? It is, and there is much to celebrate. Virginia wines are fantastic. Who needs Napa Valley when we have Loudoun County? Visit the Virginia Wine Month website for details about what is happening out and about.

I love a good wine tour as much (maybe more than) anyone. But if you don’t want drive out to the countryside, you can join us at the wine bar. All month we’ll be featuring different Virginia wines—by the bottle or the glass. Snag me when I wander by your table and I’ll tell you about them.

Here’s what we have right now (but there are more to come) …

Fun Facts about Virginia Wines

I visited the Virginia Wine website to gather some more cool info about Virginia wines for you. Here are just a few.

Virginia is home to 10 wine regions and 8 distinct American Viticultural Areas (AVAs). An AVA is a delimited grape-growing region with specific geographic or climatic features that distinguish it from the surrounding regions and affect how grapes are grown. Northern Virginia is our very own region.

The Middleburg Virginia AVA encompasses the Town of Middleburg, bounded by the Potomac River to the north and mountains to the east, south and west. The viticultural area covers approximately 190 square miles and contains 229 acres of commercial vineyards, 24 wineries, and 8 vineyards.

The Norton is America’s oldest wine grape and was born in Virginia.

The first settlers, and a few founding fathers, attempted to produce wine in Virginia. But it wasn’t until the late 1970s when the industry began to take root here.

There is more, of course. Suffice it to say, Virginia wines are seriously good. But don’t trust me…come try some yourself.