Signature Events

Exceptional Experiences • Extensively Curated • All-Inclusive • Enriching • Immensely Enjoyable

The events below are considered the Virginia Wine Expo's signature events because they offer exceptional, unparalleled experiences, are extensively curated, offer a wide breadth of highly-regarded craft beverage content, and are held at unique, beautiful venues.  These events are all-inclusive, educational, and immensely enjoyable!  

If you want to attend more than one signature event at a big discount, check out our ticket packages or build your own bundle of 3 events for 15% off or bundle 4 events for 20% off.

At all Signature Events, except SMOKED! and Tequilabamba, you will be given a beautiful Stolzle crystal wine glass to use and take home.  At SMOKED! and Tequilabamba, you may choose to use and keep either the Stolzle crystal wine glass or the Stolzle crystal nosing glass.  

Walk-Around Grand Tastings presented by The Omni Homestead Resort at Main Street Station

  • If you attend only one event, make it the Walk-Around Grand Tasting - the biggest and most popular event on the schedule 
  • The Expo's premier, curated wine, spirits and food tasting experience 
  • Two sessions on Saturday, March 2, and one on Sunday, March 3
  • VIP and General Admission sessions available
  • Featuring hundreds of wines from Virginia, Italy, Oregon, and other wine regions, Virginia spirits and ciders, and artisan specialty food 
  • Most Virginia wines and all Virginia spirits will be available to sample and for purchase to go  
  • Enjoy a silent Auction and bid on items with your mobile phone 
  • Specialty food sampling included; free artisan water available for all attendees; some seating available
  • Artisan food vendors available to sell full meals (sold separately)

SMOKED! - A Whiskey, Wine & Global Smoked Cuisine Experience at Main Street Station

  • VIP and General Admission entry times on Friday, March 1
  • A walk-around style event with available seating
  • Features 90+ whiskeys from Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, other U.S. states, and Scotland + dozens of highly regarded wines primarily from Italy, Oregon, and Virginia
  • Savor an expanded menu of smoked cuisine inspired by food traditions from various regions of the U.S. and the world.  Vegetarian options will be available
  • Enjoy a live and silent Auction (bid on items with your mobile phone), live music and gaming table

POP ITALIA! Global Sparkling & Champagne Celebration at the Dewey Gottwald Center

  • A celebration of sparkling and champagne wines (plus highly-regarded still wines) from Italy, Virginia, Champagne, France, California, Oregon, Washington State, Spain, and more regions paired with inventive Italian- and Virginia-inspired bites  
  • This extraordinary tasting will include an expanded selection of sparklers and Champagnes from legendary producers from around the world 
  • A walk-around event with live music, available seating and free artisanal water 

Oyster Eat presented by ARUBA at Main Street Station

  • Celebrate the extraordinary versatility and sublime flavors of Virginia oysters and Maine lobster at this briny feast, featuring a medley of oys-terrific and lobster-centric dishes 
  • Pair the cuisine with a curated selection of wine from Oregon, Virginia, and Italy, Scotch, craft beer, cider, and scratch-made cocktails   
  • A walk-around event with ample seating, tables, free artisanal water and coat check 

Tequilabamba at the Dewey Gottwald Center

  • Explore the incredible - and growing - world of craft tequila at this extraordinary, curated tasting of dozens of premium blanco, reposado, anejo, and extra anejo sipping tequilas, premium wine, and cocktails, as well as enjoy freshly-made and ready-to-drink tequila-based cocktails
  • Taste dozens of highly-regarded sipping tequilas, cocktails, and premium wines from Virginia, Italy, Oregon, California and more
  • Savor artisan tacos and Latin American tapas to enhance your tasting experience.  
  • A walk-around event with plentiful seating and tables
  • Enjoy free parking, complimentary coat check, and artisanal water 

Bacchanalia Reception & Dinner at Historic The Mill at Fine Creek 

  • A brilliant, sinfully delicious, multi-course, sit-down wine dinner featuring 5 chefs, a keynote speaker, and preceded by a sparkling reception
  • Held Wednesday, February 28, at stunning The Mill at Fine Creek 
  • Highlights Virginia "library" and reserve wines, elite wines from Italy and Oregon, and seasonal Virginia cuisine 
Main Street Station, venue for the Masterclass Seminars and several Signature Events including the Walk-Around Grand Tastings, SMOKED!, and Oyster Eat
Enjoying the Walk-Around Grand Tasting
Enjoying SMOKED!
Enjoying POP ITALIA!
Enjoying POP ITALIA!
Enjoying the Walk-Around Grand Tasting
Enjoying the Walk-Around Grand Tasting
Enjoying SMOKED!
Enjoying the Walk-Around Grand Tasting
Bacchanalia Reception & Dinner