Abingdon, Va. (PRWEB) May 18, 2012
Wine & cheese are so five minutes ago. The Southwest Virginia Wine Festival pairs wine, mead, and cider from the region’s artisan trails with music from The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. The inaugural event is on tap for Saturday, June 16, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway. Tickets are $20 per person in advance or $25 per person the day of the event and may be purchased online at http://www.swvawinefestival.com.
“We saw an opportunity to embrace different aspects of our region’s emerging creative economy in a meaningful way,” said event organizer and Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation executive director, Todd Christensen. “We see the same opportunity to draw international acclaim to the wine, mead, and cider from the ‘Round the Mountain Artisan Trails of Southwest Virginia as The Crooked Road did to our heritage music.”
The 19-county, four-city region produces an extensive range of award-winning wines, as well as cider and mead, all of which will be poured by participating Artisan Trail members − Abingdon Vineyard and Winery, Blacksnake Meadery, Coltsfoot Winery, Davis Valley Winery, Foggy Ridge Cider, MountainRose Vineyards, Vincent’s Vineyard, and West Wind Farm Vineyard and Winery − during the event. Food demonstrations and tastings by local restaurants, ‘Round the Mountain artisan demonstrations, and a souvenir wine glass are also included in the ticket price.
Southwest Virginia wines are drawing acclaim from the region’s unique attributes, the combination of everything belonging to its specific appellation − soil, weather conditions, grapes, vines, air − even the vintners themselves. Artisanal mead and cider lend depth and interest to the region’s offerings.
“The reclaimed mine land has actually worked out better for us than we thought,” says winemaker, Suzanne Lawson, who, along with her husband, Ron, and their son, David, converted a reclaimed surface mine into MountainRose Vineyards in Wise County. “That mining has brought up the minerals from deep within, and we think that’s one of the reasons our wines are particularly nice,” she surmises. “Reclaiming that land − mines to wines − is part of our unique story.”
Mountain Park Old Time Band will pair big, bold tunes from The Crooked Road with
red wines possessing the same character, as well as lighter music with the whites. “They come on like a house on fire,” says Crooked Road co-founder, Joe Wilson, referring to the traditional, old-time music the group, known for its ability to get people on their feet dancing, plays “with plenty of gusto”.
Online ticketing and more information about the June 16 Southwest Virginia Wine Festival, which is sponsored in part by Food City and Jerry Peters Sales, can be found online at http://www.swvawinefestival.com or by calling (276) 492-2400. Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artistan Gateway is located at Exit 14 on I-81 in Abingdon, Va.
ABOUT THE SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA CULTURAL HERITAGE FOUNDATION
The Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation is the coordinating body for cultural heritage tourism and economic development efforts fostering Southwest Virginia’s creative economy. The Foundation provides vision, guidance, and resources to sustain and grow the economy through preservation, revitalization, and marketing the quality of life, which is authentic, distinctive, and alive in the Southwest Virginia region. More information about Southwest Virginia and The Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation can be found at http://www.myswva.org.