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Richmond Region Launches Inaugural Richmond International Wine Excursion during Virginia Wine Month

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Facebook fans of Visit Richmond VA can enter to win VIP Wine Weekend; Travelers can raise a glass to hotel packages, events and specials in October

The Richmond Region is celebrating Virginia Wine Month with festivals, hotel packages and great deals on wine. Visitors are invited to travel to Richmond to experience Virginia Wine and more in the capital of the state that Travel + Leisure recently named as one of five wine regions to visit.

The first ever MARTIN'S presents Richmond International Wine Excursion, taking place October 28-29, will feature a weekend of premier wine events including grand tastings, a "locavore" luncheon and wine-tasting seminar. The event will also feature global cuisine from some of the Region's finest chefs and restaurateurs. Notable presenters include world-renown importer Bartholomew Broadbent and Georg Riedel, the 10th generation scion of the world-class Riedel Glass Company. The Richmond International Wine Excursion will be held on the grounds of Richmond's Historic Tredegar Iron Works, now home to the "Gateway to the Civil War" visitor center, the American Civil War Center and the National Battlefield Park headquarters. The event coincides with the four-year commemoration of the 150th anniversaries of the Civil War and Emancipation. Details and tickets can be found at www.wineexcursion.com.

The Facebook page of the Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, Visit Richmond VA, is holding a contest for a grand prize VIP wine weekend to celebrate Virginia Wine Month. The grand prize features a weekend in Richmond during the new MARTIN'S presents the Richmond International Wine Excursion on October 28 and 29. The package will include:

  • two VIP passes to the St. Michelle Wine Estates Seminar
  • two first class Lexus of Richmond Walk-Around Grand Tasting tickets
  • special wine and food tastings
  • a two night stay at the Berkeley hotel for Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29
  • dinner for two at Amour Wine Bistro on Friday, October 28
  • Richmond Regions attractions pass to admit two to most area attractions

The contest runs through October 10.

Also taking place in Richmond during Virginia Wine Month is the 8th Annual Carytown Food and Wine Festival, "A Taste of Carytown," October 9 from 12-6 p.m. The festival spotlights the great wines of the Region as well as delicious food prepared by area restaurants. Tickets and more information can be found at http://www.carytownrva.com/fw.php.

Richmond Region hotels are offering Virginia Wine Month packages. The five-star five-diamond Jefferson Hotel is offering guests a bottle of Virginia's Montdomaine Chardonnay upon arrival, three fabulous courses from Lemaire's dinner menu, full American room service breakfast for two, dinner and breakfast gratuities and valet parking. Details and reservations at http://www.jeffersonhotel.com/packages.aspx.

The Linden Row Inn Getaway package includes a one night stay in one of the Linden Row Inn's Main House rooms, a $75 gift certificate for lunch or dinner at nearby Bistro Twenty Seven, a Bottle of Sparkling Wine and free overnight valet parking. Details and reservations at http://lindenrowinn.com/specials.

Richmond Region wine bars and wine shops are also offering special deals during October. The Cellar Door will have 50% off all bottles of wine on Tuesday night as part of their date night and will feature Virginia wines. C'est Le Vin Wine Bar will offer a 10 percent discount on all Virginia Wine bottles and five dollar glasses of Virginia Wine. The Wine Loft will hold a Virginia Wine Backpack Challenge throughout the month of October, with a backpack being donated to Central Virginia's Food Bank backpack for kids program for every bottle of Virginia Wine sold.

Though October is a great time to celebrate wine in Virginia, the Richmond Region celebrates wine throughout the year with multiple wineries and wine bars. James River Cellars Winery and New Kent Winery are open year-round and provide tastings and tours. The family-owned Woodland Vineyard offers tastings and tours from mid-March through early December. More information on this respective wineries and vineyards can be found at jamesrivercellars.com, newkentwinery.com and woodlandvineyard.com. For a chance to truly wine and dine, Richmond's own wine bars don't disappoint, providing customers with the chance to enjoy fine cuisine paired with a glass to match. Spots like Amour Wine Bistro and Secco Wine bar are sure to please your palate.

More information on Richmond Region events through Virginia Wine Month can be found at http://www.visitrichmondva.com/plan-your-trip/itineraries/wine-dine-quick-weekend/.