International Meritage Celebration presented by ARUBA

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Thursday March 2nd

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International Meritage Celebration presented by ARUBA

Main Street Station
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
1500 E Main St.
Richmond, VA 23219
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The International Meritage Celebration presented by ARUBA celebrates Virginia’s best bottle of wine – Meritage – and compares it to other Meritage wines from around the world, including wines from the most famous wine region of all – Bordeaux, France. You’ll savor an extraordinary charcuterie spread (plus more bites!) hand-made in-house by Grisette's acclaimed Chefs Donnie Glass and Dylan Nemetz, and mellow music at this elite wine tasting.

Held at beautiful Main Street Station this premier tasting experience features wines primarily from Virginia, California, Washington State, Argentina, and Bordeaux, France.  This luxurious comparative tasting offers a unique opportunity to taste many of Virginia's most coveted and award-winning wines and learn how they stack up to other highly regarded Bordeaux blend wines from around the world.

Meritage wines rank among the world’s most sought-after, age-worthy, and highly rated bottles, often aging well for decades.    

In Virginia, red Meritage wines have garnered more Gold Medals at the Virginia’s Governors Cup® competition than any other single varietal or blended wine.  At the IMC you’ll taste the best Meritage wines, including library wines, Virginia has to offer and compare them with Meritage wines from California, Washington State, Australia, Bordeaux, and other wine regions. 

Red Meritage wines, which are crafted in the Bordeaux tradition, blend two or more of the classic red Bordeaux varietals, including Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Macaire, Carmenere (grown in Chile), and Malbec (primarily grown in Cahors, France, and Argentina).  

The International Meritage Celebration presented by ARUBA will also feature a selection of white Meritage wines and single varietal red and white Virginia wines crafted using traditional Bordeaux varietals such as Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon Blanc.

Special Note on Pricing for This Event

  • The ticket pricing for this event is subject to change in early 2023 due to price changes made by distributors for many of the elite Meritage wines that will be available to taste.

Ticket Package Availability and Build Your Own Package

The Details

  • This is a premier wine tasting, not a food event.  Please be sure to have a light meal before you arrive.  However, we will have delicious artisan bites to enhance your tasting experience

  • Some of Virginia's premier winemakers will be serving and educating you about their extraordinary Meritage wines

  • You'll have the opportunity to taste 35+ exceptional wines 

  • Most of the wines you taste at this event are exclusive to the International Meritage Celebration.  You will not find them at our other events.

  • This is a walk-around tasting experience but there will be seating available

  • All attendees will receive and keep a beautiful crystal wine glass

  • Parking is available for free in the Main Street Station parking lot and on the streets nearby

  • All our servers are experienced wine pourers who have deep knowledge of wine.  They will educate and enlighten you about the wines you will be tasting

  • Dress is casual or smart casual


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All inclusive.  $116 covers cost of food and drink.  $3 is 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