Norfolk, Virginia prepares for Spring Town Point Wine Festival

April 3, 2013 @ 9:00 am

I learned a new word today.

Viniferous- adj. Wine-producing

I also learned Virginia is fifth among viniferous grape-growing states.

With its six distinct wine regions, seven varieties of white wine grapes and two red wine grape varieties, it’s easy to understand why the Old Dominion is experiencing a boon in wine related travel. Wineries and festivals are drawing connoisseurs from across the country and the world.

Saturday May 4th and Sunday May 5th Town Point Park in downtown Norfolk will temporarily become the wine capital of Virginia as the 7th Annual AT&T Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival kicks off.

Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival

Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival

 

According to Heather Bilodeau, Communications Director for Festevents, a non-profit organization hired by the City of Norfolk to put on events- 25 of the best wineries from across the state are participating. She also notes the event is gaining legs.

This year due to exponential growth it has evolved from a one day festival  into a two day event. In fact, it’s the fastest growing wine festival in Hampton Roads.

Spring Town Point Wine Festival is a favorite in part because of the scenic setting. Town Point Park is situated on the Elizabeth River across from Portsmouth in Norfolk. The park has a city location without feeling downtown. Lush greenery, trees and the waterfront perfectly compliments the wine-tasting experience.

 

Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival

Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival

Who will enjoy the wine festival most?

Bilodeau exudes enthusiasm as she says, “everyone.”

Wine lovers and teetotalers alike will take pleasure in the festivities. Bilodeau emphasizes the festival is a family-friendly, mellow atmosphere.

Live entertainment is scheduled throughout the weekend. Local musical favorites set to take the stage include Mike Proffitt and Jackson LeBeau.

The main feature is of course the wine.

Wineries from the Shenandoah, Monticello, Eastern Shore and other regions of Virginia will be represented as well as several Tidewater area wineries. Teaming with AT&T the event will feature a texting contest to award the favorite wines as voted by festival-goers.

 

Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival

Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival

A variety of tickets is available ranging from general admission to a corporate chalet.

If wine isn’t your beverage of choice – soda, water and several craft beers will be available.

 

Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival

Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival

According to Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Virginia is one of the “10 best wine-travel destinations.”

Traveling to Norfolk for the Spring Town Point Wine Festival on the banks of the Elizabeth River serves up the ideal method of sampling the vintage of this viniferous state.

 

If you like this please share it with your friends.  As always, Happy Travels!

 

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