Wed Oct 01 20:13:18 PDT 2014
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Virginia Wine Month Begins

October 1, 2014 Today marks the beginning of the the 26th annual Virginia wine month. There are more than 30 wineries located within 30 miles of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. There will be special events at wineries, restaurants, hotels and wine bars, as well as dozens of wine festivals around Virginia. "The public is invited to share and taste and participate and have fun in the celebration of wine and that's what we're doing here in Central Virginia," said Kurt Burkhart, the Charlottesville Albemarle Visitors Bureau (CACVB) Executive Director. The event coincides with fall harvest and Virginia fall foliage season, resulting in lots of visitors. Bob Crytzer, who mans the front desk at the visitors bureau as a travel specialist, sees an increase in people walking through the door in October. "October is a peak month, so we would go from having say 60 or 70 coming through, to over a hundred, especially on the weekends," said Crytzer. Many local wineries are part of the Monticello Wine Trail, the Monticello Artisan Trail, or are members of the Presidents Passport program. "One of the mottoes of the wine industry is that wines don't grow in ugly places, and, by personal experience, we know that that's true. All the places are spectacular," said Crytzer, smiling. If you'd like to visit local wineries, the Charlottesville Albemarle Visitors Bureau is highlighting some throughout the month on their Facebook page.

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