Virginia in the News
Friend and wine blogger Ed Thralls of Wine Tonite, forwarded a recent article published in the Washington Business Journal on the growing wine industry in Virginia. Growers in the Commonwealth harvested more than 7,000 tons of grapes in 2008 – 25 percent more than 2007. Last year’s grape crops were valued at $10.4 million, the Farm Press reports, or an average of $1,530 per ton. Total wine acres in Virginia rose 3 percent in 2008 to 2,870 acres.
London First, Now Hong Kong!
The Washington Times also published an article further showcasing the international appeal around Virginia wines. The Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs recently accompanied Sen. Jim Webb, Virginia Democrat, on a visit to wineries and vineyards in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.
“Senator Webb had a productive conversation with the Hong Kong commissioner about the prospects of introducing Virginia wine into the Asian market,” said Kimberly Hunter, Mr. Webb’s spokeswoman. “He looks forward to trying to facilitate a relationship between the two interests to benefit Virginia winemakers.”
This is a follow up to the great showing Virginia wines had at the recent London International Wine Fair.
Click here to vote The Other 46 as your favorite wine blog!