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6 ways to celebrate Virginia Wine Month this October

October is a great time to visit wineries in Virginia as many of them are wrapping up the harvest and visitors can see grapes being picked and pressed for the winemaking process. Additionally, fall colors in the Blue Ridge Mountains and the countryside combined with crisp temperatures all make for the perfect atmosphere for an excursion to wineries.

There are plenty of events and happenings around for easy getaways and good wine. Here are our top Virginia Wine Month event picks.

Hunter’s Moon Night at James Charles Winery– 10/6

Traditionally, the Hunter’s Moon was the time to start hunting game in the bright moonlight and stocking up food for the winter: Luckily we are beyond those times, so why don’t you watch the full moon rise over the valley at James Charles Vineyard and drink wine instead. The winery will be open late for this special night!

Artists in the Vineyard at White Hall Vineyards - 10/7 and 10/8

Spend an afternoon celebrating local artisans and sipping wine at White Hall Vineyards. Watercolors, pottery, sculpture and jewelry will be displayed and sold on premise. Tastings during the event will be $10 and will include two library wines. Take a picnic and make a day of it!

Vine versus Tree pop-up at Foggy Ridge Cider – Multiple dates

In honor of October Virginia Wine Month, Foggy Ridge Cider hosts wines from Blenheim Vineyards for their “Vine versus Tree” pop up pairing.. Stop by the Cider House tasting and taste two wines from Blenheim Vineyards paired with two local cheeses, alongside two ciders from Foggy Ridge Cider. You can decide which pairing makes you happy... vine or tree? Or both!

Harvest Celebration and Oyster Festival at Breaux Vineyards - 10/21

What’s better than oysters and wine? Oysters and wine overlooking the mountains on a crisp day. Head to Breaux and learn all about pairing wine and oysters at their seated pairing with six different oysters and three wines. Enjoy that with live music at one of Loudoun County’s largest vineyards.

Halloween Candy Pairing at Fabbioli Cellars - 10/28

All adults need wine to survive Halloween, right? If you want to up your game and pair candy with the wine, head to Fabbioli’s annual pairing event. Wine + candy is either the greatest idea ever or the worst one, find out for yourself!

Hallowine at Bluemont – 10/27 and 10/28

Adult Trick or Treating at Bluemont Vineyard on Friday, October 27 from 6:30-9 p.m. and Saturday October 28 from 6:30-9 p.m. sounds like a blast. Trick or treat your way through Bluemont’s series of Halloween inspired food and wine pairings with stations on the lawn. Don’t forget your costumes! Cue the spooky music!

There are tons of other events happening this month, so for a full list click here.