International Meritage Celebration

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Thursday March 2nd

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International Meritage Celebration

Main Street Station
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
1500 E Main St.
Richmond, VA 23219
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Join us at the International Meritage Celebration (IMC) for the world’s premier Meritage (Bordeaux-style blend) tasting experience, highlighted by Meritage wines primarily from Virginia, California, Washington State, Australia, Chile, Argentina, and Bordeaux, France.

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 IMC 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.

Ticket Package Availability

This event can be purchased a la carte or as part of a ticket package called 'VIP Trio', which includes the following:

  • Thursday International Meritage Celebration +
  • Friday VIP/Early SMOKED! - A Whiskey, Wine & Global Smoked Cuisine Experience +
  • Saturday VIP/Early Afternoon Walk-Around Grand Tasting

Package price is $309.  A savings of $54 from the $363 a la carte price.  Check out all the ticket packages here.

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 45+ exceptional wines 

  • 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

Wines

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All inclusive.  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