Virginia Tourism Corporation Announces Civil War 150th Anniversary Commemoration by Virginia Wineries

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Virginia Sesquicentennial Winery Passport Leads to Great Wine and History

Virginia Wineries Passport program commemorates Civil War 150th Anniversary

Virginia Wineries Civil War 150th Commemoration

The attractive passport is pocket-sized and has a page for each of the 23 wineries including room for tasting notes, a description of the featured wines, images of the lables and a list of nearby battlefields.

If there is anything as plentiful in Virginia as Civil War historic sites it is wineries. More than 200 wineries can now be found in nearly every corner of the Commonwealth and many of them are within easy distance of some of Virginia’s best-known Civil War battlefields. Virginia Tourism Corporation connects wine lovers to Civil War sites – and history lovers to wineries – during the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War and Emancipation Virginia introduces its Sesquicentennial Winery Passport program.

Twenty-three participating Virginia wineries are part of the Virginia Civil War Wine Trail and have rebranded selected wines with commemorative labels, making the bottles as collectible as their contents are delicious. The passports themselves, which are available at each participating winery or online at http://www.virginiawine.org/sesquicentennial, are a guide not only to the wineries but also to nearby Civil War battlefields and historic sites.

The attractive passport is pocket-sized and has a page for each of the 23 wineries including room for tasting notes, a description of the featured wines, images of the lables and a list of nearby battlefields. A fold-out state map pinpoints the locations of 42 key Civil War battlefields. Visitors carrying the passport can have them stamped at each participating winery, creating a memorable keepsake.

Virginia’s wineries have lately been making history of their own. In 2008 Virginia was the only American region included in Travel + Leisure Magazine’s list of Five Wine Regions to Visit Now while Wine Enthusiast Magazine more recently named Virginia as one of the world’s Ten Best Wine Travel Destinations for 2012. These honors are not without merit. Virginia wines are quickly gaining acclaim in national and international competitions while the wineries themselves have become favorites for weekend getaways and wine tours.

Virginia will be filled with commemorative Civil War anniversary events during the Sesquicentennial. Visit http://www.Virginia.org/CivilWar for information on planning travel to Civil War sites in Virginia. The story of the Civil War in Virginia is ultimately the story of ordinary people who did extraordinary things during dynamic times. To encounter some of these real people and their inspiring stories go to http://www.WalkinTheirFootsteps.com, which includes information on how to visit the sites associated with these stories.

This year, plan an unforgettable trip to Virginia’s wineries and historic Civil War sites. Visit http://www.Virginia.org for travel planning information or call toll free 1-800-VISITVA and ask for a free Virginia Is For Lovers Travel Guide.

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