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VIP/Early Afternoon Walk-Around Grand Tasting


+ Combo Package Available

Main Street Station
1500 E Main St. Richmond
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
+ M E F W D

Join us in the "Shed" at spectacular Main Street Station in historic Shockoe Bottom for a premier tasting of a finely curated assortment of premium Virginia, Oregon, New Zealand and Australian wines, Virginia spirits, Virginia ciders, artisan foods and specialty products. This is THE most popular event at the Expo and offers a premier tasting experience at a beautiful, world-class venue.

Our new home for the Walk-Around Grand Tastings - the "Shed" at Main Street Station - has stained-wood cathedral ceilings and floor-to-ceiling bay windows with spectacular views of downtown Richmond to the West and historic Church Hill to the East.

You'll taste top-shelf Virginia wines and spirits.  In addition to the Virginia wineries exhibiting (it's 'invitation-only'), we have also handpicked additional Virginia wines from other Virginia wineries that no longer exhibit at events.  These wines, poured by our wine-savvy volunteers, come from many of the most prestigious Virginia wineries throughout the state.  And numerous Guest Region wines - from Oregon, New Zealand and Australia - that you'll sample have received top scores from some of the country's most respected wine critics and publications.

NOTE: There are five different Walk-Around Grand Tasting sessions, including this Saturday VIP/Early Afternoon session from 12 pm to 4 pm, which gets you in one hour early and access to some super-premium wines not available to General Admission attendees.  The other four are:

NEW in 2018 - At this VIP/Early session, you'll get in 1 hour early and have the opportunity to taste wines not available to General admission attendees.

NEW in 2018 - the Walk-Around Grand Tastings will now include Virginia spirits.  The spirits, poured by owners or knowledgeable representatives, are included with the wines, ciders, and specialty food sampling at no extra cost.  Some of the Virginia spirits may be purchased to take home.  The Virginia Distillery Association is a new partner of the Virginia Wine Expo.

NEW in 2018 - all wines - including from Virginia - will be curated by our team in advance.  Taste why Virginia (with 280+ wineries) has emerged as one of America's premier wine regions.  Enjoy comparing and contrasting the Virginia wines to wines from our National Guest Region, Oregon, and our International Guest Region, New Zealand and Australia.  Many of the Virginia wines you'll taste will be for sale to take home.

Ticket Package Availability:

If you want a special weekend culinary experience, this event can be purchased as part of three different combo deals.  Those packages are listed below.  To purchase a package (combo) deal, go to the ticket page and scroll down to the bottom.

1.  VIP Weekend

       Cost to buy these events a la carte is $200.  Combo deal is $165, saving $35.

2.  VIP Weekend Bounty

      Cost to buy these events a la carte is $285.  Combo deal is $235, saving $50.

3.  VIP Super Saturday Afternoon

       Cost to buy these events a la carte is $165.  Combo deal is $140, saving $25.

Please go to the ticket page and scroll down to the bottom to find these combo deals.

Key points of information for your consideration:

  • Early admission at 12:00 p.m. includes access to all wines, spirits and vendors one hour before General Admission attendees 
  • A ticket to the Walk-Around Grand Tasting is all-inclusive.  It includes the cost of admission and the cost for the privilege to sample hundreds of wines spirits, ciders and artisan food.  You receive a complimentary Riedel crystal wine glass.
  • The food sampling will not be enough for a meal.  However, meal-size food will be sold separately at the event
  • With regard to Virginia wine, you may sample it, (in most cases) buy full glasses, (in most cases) buy bottles to open up in the shed at Main Street Station, and (in most cases) buy bottles to take home. Please see signage on individual wine booths to determine whether certain Virginia wines will not be for sale.  There is no limit on how much wine you are permitted to buy.
  • With regard to the Oregon, Australian and New Zealand wine, you may sample what is available.   However, these wines cannot be purchased by the glass or bottle per event policies set by the banquet license-holder for the event, Richmond Performing Arts Alliance and per Virginia ABC regulations
  • There will be a wine check service this year.   Also, volunteers will be available to assist you if you need help carrying your wine purchases to your car
  • Tables and cocktail rounds will be spread out throughout the Shed for your convenience
  • Complimentary water will be available throughout the Shed so you can hydrate and cleanse your palate and wine glass
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes
  • There will be a complimentary Coat Check service available
  • If you do not want to consume alcoholic beverages, there is a separate Admission “non-drinking” ticket available.  Please find this ticket on the ticket page.

All inclusive.  Price covers all wines, spirits and specialty food sampling (not enough for a meal).   21 and over only and no infants or strollers, except at the VIP Walk-Around Grand Tasting Locals Sunday Special. 

Benefits Richmond Performing Arts Alliance.

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Advance tickets will only be available for sale on this website. Tickets may be available at the door at an increased price unless sold out. All tickets to the Virginia Wine Expo are nonrefundable.

Attendees must be 21 years of age or older to attend all Expo events, except the Sunday Walk-Around Grand Tasting