About the Virginia Wine Expo®
ABOUT THE EXPO
The 2018 Virginia Wine Expo (11th Edition), America’s premier state-focused wine, spirits and food event, has five objectives: to present a highly curated, informative, entertaining and educational wine, spirits and food experience for the public, media and trade; to be a national destination event, which attracts wine and spirits enthusiasts and foodies from across the country and beyond; to offer a unique opportunity to taste – and in some cases buy – Virginia wine and spirits; to present the diverse and extraordinary cuisine of Richmond’s flourishing and nationally acclaimed dining scene; and to raise money for the Richmond Performing Arts Alliance, Virginia’s premier performing arts organization.
The Virginia Wine Expo (VWE) is Virginia’s premier wine, and spirits show and is widely considered to be one of the best events in the eastern U.S. Considering the dramatic enhancements to the Expo in 2018 – including a new world-class venue, the introduction of more signature events, wine dinners and Master Class seminars, and the inclusion of Virginia distilled spirits – the event is expected to continue its momentum in the years ahead.
Although the VWE primarily features Virginia wine (selected from some of Virginia’s 260 wineries), the event also designates a different National Guest Region and International Guest Region each year for comparative purposes. In 2018, the National Guest Region is Oregon and the International Guest Region is Australia/New Zealand. Also, a small representation from other wine regions will be available.
At the Walk-Around Grand Tastings, you’ll have the opportunity to taste a well-curated assortment of around 450 wines with your complementary Riedel crystal wine glass; the plurality will be Virginia wine with very significant collections of Oregon, New Zealand and Australian wine as well. In addition, there will be a small representation of premium wines from other wine regions too. Also, for the first time, the VWE will feature Virginia distilled spirits. Thus, in addition to the wine, the public can choose to taste and buy dozens of distilled spirits including whiskey, rum, vodka, gin, “moonshine” and more. There is NO additional cost to taste the spirits.
The heart of the VWE are the Walk-Around Grand Tastings, of which there are three sessions, where the public, media and trade will be able to swirl, sniff, taste and discuss wine and dozens of bottles of distilled spirits. For the first time in 2018, an invitation-only policy has been implemented for Virginia wineries and all craft beverages available – wine, spirits and cider – will be curated by our team.
Event: the Virginia Wine Expo® – Richmond, VA
Date: February 27–March 4, 2018
Location: Main Street Station (1500 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23219)