Friday, February 20, 4:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
Saturday, February 21, 10:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Sunday, February 22, 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Sampling and Buying Glasses of Wine: Closing Time
At the Saturday and Sunday Walk-Around Grand Tastings, the privilege to sample or buy glasses of wine from the winery exhibitors will end thirty minutes before the closing time for the event. However, you will still be able to purchase closed bottles of wine for off-site consumption until the event ends. You may buy glasses, bottles or cases of Virginia wine only.
Food and Beverage
Ticket holders are not permitted to bring any food or beverages into the Greater Richmond Convention Center during the Grand Tastings or any other ticketed event. At the Grand Tastings, complimentary water will be available to cleanse your palate. There will be numerous specialty food vendors sampling food, but the samples will not be nearly enough for a meal. However, full meals will be available for sale in the convention center, which may be enjoyed, along with wine, in the Wine Garden.
The Virginia Wine Expo will be held inside the Greater Richmond Convention Center and nearby venues, so weather will not be an issue.
An ATM is located in the Greater Richmond Convention Center just outside of the main entrance to the Walk-Around Grand Tasting in front of Exhibit Hall A.
You will have the option to sit down, relax, eat and sip wine in the Wine Garden or at various locations around the Exhibit Hall floor during the Walk-Around Grand Tasting. Also, during the Burger Blast, you will be able to relax in the Wine, Craft Beer & Burger Garden.
The dress code for all events is smart, chic, or comfortable casual. For ladies, this means dresses, nice blouses or tops, slacks, skirts, nice jeans, etc. For men, this means nice button-down shirts, polo shirts, khakis, slacks, nice jeans, jacket (optional), but no ties. Please wear comfortable shoes at the Walk-Around Grand Tastings, since you will be on your feet for much of the time. Also, we heartily recommend wearing black or dark-colored clothing. Red wine shows up much more prominently on white or light-colored clothes.
Coat Check and Wine Check
Coat check services will be offered at the Burger Blast on Friday night and the Saturday and Sunday Walk-Around Grand Tastings. You may check in your coat upon arrival at the entrance of these events. The Wine Check service will be offered at the Saturday and Sunday Walk-Around Grand Tastings to attendees who purchase two or more bottles of Virginia wine.
Parking at the VWE is easy. There is a parking deck that is directly connected to the Greater Richmond Convention Center (GRCC). Also, there are surface parking lots and street parking within a few blocks of the GRCC.
The Greater Richmond Convention Center is handicap accessible.
Pets are not permitted at the event.
ONLY Virginia wine can be purchased at the Walk Around Grand Tastings to go (not wines from the Guest Region of South Africa). Also, bottles of wine can be opened on the Exhibition Hall floor.
Virginia wine will be available for sale by the glass at the Saturday and Sunday Walk-Around Grand Tastings and the Friday evening Burger Blast presented by Richmond magazine.
Cologne, Hairspray, Aftershave, and Perfume
Please refrain from wearing strong perfume, lotion, hairspray, aftershave or colognes because their scent can interfere with the bouquet of the wine. This detracts from the tasting experience of our guests.
Busy and Mellow Walk-Around Grand Tasting Sessions
The busiest tasting session is the GENERAL ADMISSION Walk-Around Grand Tasting held on Saturday. The GENERAL ADMISSION Saturday tasting is perfect for you if you enjoy moderate crowds and have some patience when you walk up to a winery to taste wine.
The VIP/EARLY ADMISSION Saturday Walk-Around Grand Tasting offers 2+ hours of time beginning at 10:00 A.M. where there will be very light attendance.
Sunday’s Walk-Around Grand Tasting has relatively light attendance as well. It is definitely mellower than the Saturday General Admission Walk-Around Grand Tasting. When you walk up to a winery to taste wine, the wait will brief in most cases.
In summary, the Saturday General Admission Walk-Around Grand Tasting is the busiest. The Saturday VIP/Early Admission and Sunday Walk-Around Grand Tastings are less busy.
Once an attendee leaves the Exhibition Hall, where the Walk-Around Grand Tastings are held, re-entry is prohibited. The only exception to this rule is the Smoking Area (please see below).
Smokers will be permitted to use a special outdoor designated area, located adjacent to the Exhibition Hall, to smoke. This area will be highlighted on the Event Program and Map, which will be distributed to attendees when they enter the Exhibition Hall for the Walk-Around Grand Tastings.