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Wine Festival at Monticello 2012

No better place to experience wine and history!

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Monday, May 7, 2012
Media Contact: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529

Charlottesville, VA.—An article about Virginia wine in Wine Spectator this month concluded with, “Any trip to Charlottesville should begin or end at Monticello. Just walking around Jefferson’s home will help you develop a deeper understanding of the author of the Declaration of Independence and a key figure in American wine.”

Earlier this year Wine Enthusiast Magazine listed Virginia as one of world’s ten best wine destinations for 2012—an accolade the Commonwealth received because of the region’s historical sites, beautiful landscapes, and friendly winemakers. The Wine Festival at Monticello brings together all three at a one-of-a-kind setting—Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.

The third annual Wine Festival at Monticello celebrates Thomas Jefferson’s lasting influence on the Virginia wine industry—and kicks off Saturday, May 12, 2012, 6-9 p.m., on the West Lawn of Monticello.

Jefferson has been called “America’s first distinguished viticulturist” and the “greatest patron of wine and winegrowing that this country has yet had.” It was at Monticello where Jefferson stored his favorite wines from European vineyards in his wine cellar and grew grapes in hopes of producing his own wine.

During the Wine Festival at Monticello, visitors can enjoy the splendor of spring, taste Virginia’s best selection of wines and stroll through the restored vineyards at Monticello by twilight. The event also includes tours of Jefferson’s home, live music on the West Lawn and wine tastings from local Virginia vineyards.  Virginia winemaker and Monticello’s Assistant Director of Gardens and Grounds Gabriele Rausse—often referred to as the “Father of Virginia Wine”—will be on hand to answer questions about our region’s finest wines and how they compare to the vintages that Jefferson enjoyed.

Participating wineries include: Barboursville Vineyards, Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery, First Colony Winery, Flying Fox Vineyards, Gabriele Rausse Winery, King Family Vineyards, Mountfair Vineyards, Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards, Pollak Vineyards, Prince Michel Winery, Stinson Vineyards, Sugarleaf Vineyards, Trump Winery, Veritas Vineyard and Winery and White Hall Vineyards.

The Wine Festival at Monticello is sponsored by Advanced Network Systems, Richmond BizSense, Official Virginia Wine Lover, Fortessa, and Skyline Tent Company.

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About Monticello

Thomas Jefferson Foundation was incorporated in 1923 to preserve Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Virginia. Monticello is now recognized as a National Historic Landmark and a United Nations World Heritage Site. As a private, nonprofit organization, the Foundation receives no regular federal or state budget support for its twofold mission of preservation and education.  About 450,000 people visit Monticello each year. For information, visit


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