VIP/Early Afternoon Walk-Around Grand Tasting presented by The Omni Homestead Resort

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Saturday March 4th

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VIP/Early Afternoon Walk-Around Grand Tasting presented by The Omni Homestead Resort

Main Street Station
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
1500 E Main St
Richmond, Virginia 23219
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We're giving you more to love than ever at our most popular signature event at beautiful Main Street Station! The Walk-Around Grand Tastings will continue to refresh and tantalize your palate with hundreds of wines from Virginia, Napa Valley and Argentina, Virginia spirits and ciders, and other libations + specialty foods and artisan products.

Enter an hour-and-a-half early from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with this VIP/Early ticket and gain exclusive access to highly regarded wines unavailable to General admission attendees as well as all the other wines available to General Admission attendees. 

Your senses will be overwhelmed with the massive selection of sought-after wines and spirits on offer for sampling purposes, and you'll have a unique opportunity to buy most Virginia wines and ciders and all Virginia spirits to take home.  We'll hold on to your purchases until you leave and help transport them to your vehicle.  

We're devoted to properly educating you about the drinks you taste, which is why we carefully curate the unending array of beverages and insist that every Expo wine, spirits and cider pourer is capable of explaining about the beverage they are serving you.

Guest Regions - Napa Valley and Argentina

You'll taste dozens of wines curated by our team from 2023 National Guest Region, Napa Valley, and 2023 International Guest Region, Argentina, in addition to the hundreds of Virginia wines, spirits, and ciders.  Some of the Napa Valley wines will come from multiple producers that are part of the Jackson Family Wines and Foley Family Wines portfolios.  Both wine groups are considered among Napa Valley's and California's premier wine companies.

Ticket Package Availability and Build Your Own Package

This event can be purchased a la carte or as part of four ticket bundles - Sparkling Grand, VIP Weekend, VIP Trio, and VIP Academy. For details on all three bundles, please check out the Ticket Packages page.

Alternatively, to curate your own experience, buy ticket(s) to this event using our "build your own package" and save 15% on 3 events or save 20% on 4.

International Natural & Organic Wine Pavilion

New for 2023, the Virginia Wine Expo's Walk-Around Grand Tasting will feature a curated selection of highly-regarded natural and organic wines from around the world.  Demand for natural and organic wines is soaring globally as wine drinkers search for wines that highlight the local terroir, are the result of low-intervention, biodynamic, and natural viticultural techniques, and taste delicious.  It's still early days in the natural and organic wine movement in Virginia and nationally, and we intend to present this fast-growing category of wine for your edification and enjoyment.

Jackson Family Wine Pavilion and Foley Family Wine Pavilion

New for 2023, you enjoy wines from both of these premier, California-based wine groups with an emphasis on wines from our National Guest Region of Napa Valley.

New Auction

We've added an incredible new silent auction (with bidding online), which attendees and non-attendees may bid on remotely via their mobile phone, iPad or desktop devices.  Auction items will be available on tables throughout the exhibit hall for in-person, mobile bidding purposes.  

Four Sessions

There are four different Walk-Around Grand Tasting sessions, including this Saturday VIP/Early Afternoon session from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.  The other four sessions are as follows:

More Details

  • This is an all-inclusive event, including tasting hundreds of wines, spirits, ciders, mead, and specialty food
  • Enjoy a 90 minute 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)
  • Ticket Package Availability - If you want a special weekend culinary experience, this event can be purchased as part of several different ticket packages.  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. - The Expo will feature an Oyster Bar, featuring the country's best and freshest Virginia oysters cultivated, harvested and shucked by Rappahannock Oyster Co.
  • Napa Valley is the National Guest Region and Argentina is the International Guest Region in 2022
  • If you are hungry for a full meal, there will be artisan food vendors on the exhibit hall floor and food trucks just outside the building.  You may bring food that you purchase from the food trucks inside Main Street Station assuming you have tickets to an event
  • You receive a crystal wine glass to use at the event and take home
  • The alcoholic beverage tasting ends at 4:00 pm sharp but purchases of alcoholic beverages to go or any other products at the Expo may be made until 4:30 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 exhibit hall for your convenience

Some of the Exhibitors You Will Enjoy

8 Chains North Winery
Biltmore Estate Wine Company
Broadbent Selections
Castle Glen Winery
Cave Ridge
Cobbler Mountain Cider
CrossKeys Vineyards
DuCard Vineyards
Eastwood Farm and Winery
Eu Family Estates
Folley Family Wines
Honey & Hops Brew Works
Horton Vineyards
Jackson Family Wines
Jefferson Vineyards
King Family Vineyards
La Ferme du Mont
Lake Anna Winery
Lazy Days Winery
Mattaponi Winery
Notaviva Vineyards
Philip Carter Winery
Pollak Winery
Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery
Vintner's Cellar Winery of Yorktown
Williamsburg Winery

Zoll Vineyards

17 Additional Wine Booths Curated and Represented by Variant Events


A. Smith Bowman Distillery
Catoctin Creek Distilling Company
Chesapeake Bay Distillery
Cirrus Vodka
Ironclad Distillery
Karlson & O'Mara Distilleries LLC (KO Distilling)
Reservoir Distillery
Tarnished Truth Distilling Company
Three Crosses Distilling
Virago Spirits
Virginia Distillery Company

Waterman Spirits

420 Bourbon Bowl
Abundant Life Kitchen
All About the Beverage
Amtrak Virginia
AR's Hot Southern Honey
Back Pocket Provisions
Big Wine Glasses
Birdie's Pimento Cheese
Buff City Soap
Celebrate the Chesapeake NNK Style
Christopher Mize Studio
Cocoa Creek Chocolates
Commission on Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program
Creative Designs by M.E. 
Crescent Simples
Cupcakes by Shyla
Edgewood Apiaries and Farm
Elbin Art LLC
En Theos Boutique
Engraced Designs by Najhe LLC
Fred Astaire Dance Studio Richmond
Go Bucket List Travel
Grapevine Restaurant "Tipsy Grape"
Grateful Gypsy
Happy Creek Cheeses
Herbert's Wine Jelly
Jerry's Backyard Barbeque Sauce LLC
My Empanada
My Pour Head, LLC
Northern Neck Popcorn Bag
Omni Homestead
Po River Apiary, LLC
Richmond Limo
Salsas Don Sebastian
Silver Strands Salon, LLC (My Alternative Hats)
Simply Cheddar
So SHE did
Sweet Heat Candles
Sweets and Soirees
Tobacco Company Restaurant
UnBored Games
Whitley Peanuts

All inclusive.  $92 of ticket price covers sampled food & drink (excluding complimentary water) & crystal wine glass.  $3 is the cost of admission.  21 and over only and no infants or strollers, except at the Walk-Around Grand Tasting Locals Sunday Special on Sunday, March 5, 2023 at historic Main Street Station. 

  • + Combo Package
  • M Main Street Station
  • B Craft Beer
  • E Educational
  • F Food
  • Music
  • N New Event
  • S Seminar
  • W Wine
  • D Distilled Spirits
  • A Auction
  • C Cider

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