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Monticello Hosts Fall Wine Events

For Immediate Release 
Sep 07, 2010
Media Contact: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529

Charlottesville, VA.&—Wine is the theme this fall at Thomas Jefferson's mountaintop Monticello home. Regional Virginia wineries and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation celebrate Thomas Jefferson's impact on American wines with a pair of events: the inaugural Wine Festival at Monticello, September 18, 2010, on Monticello's West Lawn from 6-9 p.m.; and the 22nd Annual Kickoff to October Virginia Wine Month, September 29, 2010. The 2010 Governor's Cup for White Wines will be announced at this event.

Jefferson's passion for wine was evident, as was his desire to see America produce its own wines. He has been called America's "first distinguished viticulturist" and "the greatest patron of wine and winegrowing that this country has yet had."

Bringing to life the story of Jefferson and wine, the Wine Festival and Governor's Cup Presentation will each provide visitors the opportunity to experience Monticello's recently restored wine cellar. Located in the passageway under the house, the cellar now looks and functions as it would have during Jefferson's retirement years (1809-1826).

Visitors to the Wine Festival will experience tours of Jefferson's home, hear live music on the West Lawn and enjoy the rare opportunity to walk Jefferson's historic garden after hours. Local wine experts will be on hand to answer questions about our region's finest wines and how they compare to the vintages that Jefferson enjoyed.

At the September 29th event, which marks the beginning of October Virginia Wine Month, the Governor's Cup for White Wines will be presented to an outstanding Virginia winery.

These wine celebrations come as the Commonwealth has seen astonishing growth in wine grape production in the past 30 years - from six wineries in 1979 to more than 160 in 2010, and making Virginia 5th in U.S. wine grape production.

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