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VIP/Early Evening Walk-Around Grand Tasting

$80

+ Combo Package Available

Main Street Station
1500 E Main St. Richmond, Virginia
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
+ M E F W D

Join us at historic Main Street Station for a curated tasting of hundreds of top-scoring Virginia, Bordeaux + Loire Valley, France, and Washington State 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.

Enter the tasting ONE-HOUR EARLIER than general admission attendees and get special access to premium "VIP" wines available exclusively during this first hour at specially designated exhibitor booths.  

There are five different Walk-Around Grand Tasting sessions, including this Saturday VIP/Early Afternoon session from 12 pm to 4:30 pm.  The other four sessions are as follows:

The Details

Ticket Package Availability

  • If you want a special weekend culinary experience, this event can be purchased as part of two different ticket packages, including "VIP Evening Border Pass", and "Saturday Great Classified Growths & Evening Grand Tasting".  Full details on the ticket pages can be found on the Ticket Packages page and can be purchased on the ticket page

Oyster Bar Presented by Rappahannock Oyster Co.

For the first time in Expo history, this event will feature an Oyster Bar, featuring the country's best and freshest Virginia oysters cultivated, harvested and shucked by Rappahannock Oyster Co.

General

  • All-inclusive, curated walk-around grand tasting, including tasting hundreds of wines, spirits, ciders, and specialty food
  • Enjoy a one-hour head-start compared to General Admission ticket holders and enjoy exclusive, premium wines only available during the VIP session (the specific location of the booths where the VIP wines will be located will be very clearly marked)
  • Bordeaux and Loire Valley is the International Guest Region and Washington State is the National Guest Region in 2020
  • If you are hungry for a full meal, there will be artisan food vendors on the exhibit hall floor and a new Artisan Food Truck Court just outside the building.  You may bring food that you purchase at the Truck Court inside Main Street Station assuming you have tickets to an event
  • You receive a Riedel crystal wine glass to use at the event and take home
  • The alcoholic beverage tasting ends at 9:45 pm but purchases of alcoholic beverages to go or any other products at the Expo may be made until 10:00 pm
  • A major buying opportunity: most Virginia wines and all Virginia spirits and ciders will be available for sale to take home
  • A complimentary wine check service will be available so that you do not have to carry or hold your wines during the session
  • Specialty food and artisan, luxury products available to sample and purchase
  • The food sampling will not be enough for a meal.  However, meal-size food will be sold separately at the event
  • Please see signage on individual wine booths to determine whether Virginia wines will or will not be for sale (most will be for sale).  There is no limit on how much wine (and spirits and cider) you are permitted to buy
  • Non-Virginia wine may not be purchased per Virginia ABC rules
  • A complimentary coat check service will be available
  • Complimentary water provided
  • Tables, lounge chairs and cocktail rounds will be spread out throughout the Shed for your convenience
  • Wear comfortable shoes

The Virginia Wine Expo benefits the J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Educational Foundation.

All inclusive.  Price Covers Food & Drink. 21 and over only and no infants or strollers, except at the VIP Walk-Around Grand Tasting Locals Sunday Special on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at historic Main Street Station. 

A TENTATIVE LIST OF 2020 WINERIES, DISTILLERIES AND CIDERIES WILL BE RELEASED IN EARLY 2020

TENTATIVE LIST OF VIRGINIA WINERIES, DISTILLERIES AND CIDERIES THAT WERE REPRESENTED IN 2019  

Barboursville Vineyards

Bold Rock Hard Cider

Castle Glen Estates Farm and Winery

Castle Hill Cider

Chapelle Charlemagne Vineyards

Cobbler Mountain Cider

Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurants

Cunningham Creek Winery

Delfosse Vineyards and Winery

Early Mountain Vineyards

Elk Island Winery

Horton Vineyards

James River Cellars

Jefferson Vineyards

Keswick Vineyards

Lake Anna Winery

Lazy Days Winery

Mattaponi Winery

Philip Carter Winery

Pollak Vineyards

Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery

Stanburn Winery

The Williamsburg Winery

Upper Shirley Vineyards

Vino Wine

Cross Keys

Glen Manor

Lovingston

Rappahannock Winery

Bluestone Vineyards

Doukenie Winery

Linden

Michael Shaps Wineworks

Paradise Springs Winery

Pearmund Cellars

The Barns at Hamilton Station

White Hall Vineyards

Stinson Vineyards

Potomac Point Winery

King Family Vineyards

Veritas Vineyards & Winery

A. Smith Bowman Distillery

Belle Isle Moonshine

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company

Chesapeake Bay Distillery

Filibuster Distillery

KO Distilling

Murlarkey Distilled Spirits

Tarnished Truth Distillery Company

Three Crosses Distilling Company

Virago Spirits

Virginia Distillery Company

Vitae Spirits Distillery

TENTATIVE LIST OF CHILEAN AND CENTRAL COAST, SOUTHERN AND SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS, CALIFORNIA WINERIES REPRESENTED IN 2019

From Central Coast, Southern and Santa Cruz Mountains California

Austin Hope

Cosentino

Chloe

Criss Cross

Chronic Cell

Dao

Daou Pessimist

F. Coppola

Matanzas Creek

Earthquake

Antica

Four Vines

Juggernaut

Terra d' Oro

Jaffurs

Klinker Brick

Outlier

Writers Block

MDW (Michael David Winery)

Calera

J. Wilkes

Chamisal

Jeff Runquist

Ancient Peaks

Stolpman

Tobin James

True Myth

From Chile

Alcance

Carmen

Haras

Santa Rita

Emiliana

Concha y Toro

Montgras

M. Torres

Montes Alpha

Cono Sur

Tarapaca

Terranoble

Grand Araucana

Leyda

Ritual

Primus

De Martino

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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