Signature Events

Signature Events

The events below are considered the Virginia Wine Expo's signature events because they offer exceptional, unparalleled experiences, are extensively curated, offer a wide breadth of craft beverage content, and are held at unique, beautiful venues.  These events are all-inclusive, educational, and immensely enjoyable!

Walk-Around Grand Tastings

  • If you attend only one of the Expo's events, make it the Walk-Around Grand Tastings - the biggest and most popular curated events on the schedule 
  • Held at beautiful Main Street Station 
  • Two sessions on Saturday, March 4, and one session on Sunday, March 5
  • VIP and General Admission sessions available
  • Featuring hundreds of Virginia wines, spirits and ciders, wines from our 2023 Guest Regions of Napa Valley and Argentina, and artisan specialty food and products
  • Most Virginia wines and all Virginia spirits will be available to sample and for purchase to go.  A handy wine-check service will be available to hold your wines until you are ready to leave
  • Includes a silent online Auction via our online bidding platform; items will be presented online and on tables throughout the exhibit hall
  • A walk-around event; some seating available
  • Specialty food sampling included
  • Artisan food vendors available to sell full meals (sold separately)

SMOKED!

  • A celebration of global smoked cuisine, whiskey and wine
  • Held Friday, March 4, at beautiful Main Street Station
  • VIP and General Admission sessions available
  • A walk-around style event with available seating
  • Features 80+ whiskeys from Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, other U.S. states, and Scotland + dozens of top-scoring Virginia, Napa Valley and Argentinian wines
  • This is a premier whiskey, wine, and food event.   Please save your appetite to indulge in the many smoked dishes available!
  • Includes gaming, live online Auction via our online bidding platform; items will be presented online and on tables throughout the SMOKED! event space
  • Live music

POP NAPA! Sparkling & Champagne Celebration

  • A celebration of sparkling and champagne wines, paired with seasonal, Napa Valley- and California-inspired bites to enhance your tasting experience (red and white still wines will also be served)
  • Held Saturday, February 25, at the lovely and recently renovated Virginia Museum of History & Culture
  • A walk-around event with available seating
  • This is a premier sparkling and still wine tasting, not a food event, so please eat a meal before you arrive.  That said, artisan bites will be available to enhance your tasting experience
  • Live music

International Meritage Celebration

  • Join us for the world’s premier Meritage tasting experience, highlighted by Meritage wines primarily from Virginia, California, Washington State, Australia, Chile, Argentina, and Bordeaux, France.  Meritage wines – known as “Bordeaux-style” wines – rank among the world’s most sought-after, age-worthy, and highly rated bottles, often aging well for decades    
  • Held Thursday, March 2, at beautiful Main Street Station
  • A walk-around event with available seating
  • This is a premier wine tasting, not a food event, so please eat a meal before you arrive.   However, artisan bites will be available to enhance your tasting experience

Bacchanalia

  • A brilliant, sinfully delicious, multi-course, sit-down wine dinner featuring 5 chefs preceded by a charming sparkling reception
  • Held Wednesday, March 1, at stunning The Mill at Fine Creek 
  • Keynote speaker
  • Highlights Virginia "library" and reserve wines, wine from Napa Valley, and fresh, seasonal Virginia cuisine