Spring is here and as the weather warms, the wineries are coming to life. Here's an overview of what's happening at the wineries and vineyards:
- Summer hours –Now that the weather is warming up and visitors are coming to the area, many wineries are expanding their hours, with several staying open until 7 or 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
- Planting – Many vineyards are planting now, either adding stock to already planted varietals or planting new varietals to experiment with. Albariño and Petit Manseng are examples of varietals gaining popularity in Virginia winemaking and therefore being planted in more and more vineyards this season.
- Hiring – With increased hours, bottling days, and festival season beginning, several wineries are hiring staff or seeking volunteers to help specifically with bottling and working festivals. Volunteering is a great way to learn about & earn wine.
- Expanding the Market – Interest in selling Virginia wine to markets outside the state continues to increase. Two wineries are now licensed to distribute their wine to DC and Maryland and several others are looking to become licensed for self distribution in these areas.
- London International Wine Fair – The LCVA will be joining Corcoran and Breaux Vineyards at the London International May 12th-14th. Approximately 8-10 Virginia wineries will be represented in addition to Corcoran and Breaux. Wine regions from all around the world attend this strictly trade only event which saw approximately 15,000 visitors in 2008.
- Willowcroft Farm Winery is celebrating 25 years this year and Tarara Winery is celebrating 20 years this year.