Why Virginia is a Great Wine Tourism Conference Host Location

We love moving the Wine Tourism Conference each year so attendees can experience new and often booming wine tourism locations. Virginia, in this respect, is a perfect location.

In this October 4th press release from Virginia Governor McAuliffe, the following interesting facts are included:

  • Sales of Virginia wine have increased by 26 percent since fiscal year 2010.
  • Virginia currently ranks fifth in the number of wineries in the nation with more than 250. Virginia is also the nation’s fifth largest wine grape producer.
  • The Virginia wine industry employs more than 4,700 people and contributes almost $750 million to the Virginia economy on an annual basis.
  • More than 1.6 million tourists visited Virginia wineries in 2014.

What these statistics don’t tell you is how the wineries in Loudoun County are literally exploding with wine tourism. I visited multiple wineries when I last visited in August and the growth they were experiencing – primarily from sales of wine on location – was amazing.

It is a different animal from the incredibly successful and yet far more established wine areas in California and is a story that will be fun to hear during the November 18-20 conference.