First-Ever Southwest Virginia Wine Festival This Saturday

One of the most impressive and delightful surprises about Southwest Virginia is the proliferation of award-winning wineries located here, not to mention the equally impressive and lauded Foggy Ridge Cider and Blacksnake Meadery. Wine, mead, cider, and  country wines − wines made with blackberries, blueberries, elderberries, strawberries, and plums instead of grapes − all within our wonderful little slice of heaven! Who would’ve thought?

We’ll be celebrating that distinction at the Southwest Virginia Wine Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. this Saturday at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway. The first-ever event pairs wine, mead, and cider from the artisan trails of Southwest Virginia with music from The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. Tickets are $20 per person in advance or $25 per person the day of the event and may be purchased online at

We’ll be joined by Abingdon Vineyard and Winery, Blacksnake Meadery, Coltsfoot Winery, Davis Valley Winery, Foggy Ridge Cider, MountainRose Vineyards, Rural Retreat Winery and Vineyards, Vincent’s Vineyard, and West Wind Farm Vineyard and Winery.

Mountain Park Old Time Band will take the stage at 2, with food preparations and tastings to follow at 2:30 and 3:30, and ‘Round the Mountain artisans Carolyn Neal, Deborah Partridge, and Lily Kusmik demonstrating their respective crafts in natural material and clay throughout the afternoon.

Hope you’ll come out and join the fun!

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Karen Quina-Doyle | Marketing Director | Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation

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