Each year, Mount Vernon hosts its most popular event of the year known as Spring Wine Festival and Sunset Tour. At this festival, you can sample wines from Virginia’s finest wineries while enjoying delicious food, live music, and spectacular views at the estate.
The festival celebrates the history of wine in Virginia with exclusive evening tours of the Mansion and cellar and appearances by Martha Washington and other people from Washington’s world. You just have to bring a blanket, relax on the east lawn overlooking the scenic Potomac River, and sample wines made in Virginia.
During tours of the Mansion, you can visit the cellar where Washington stored his wine and learn about the successes and failures of our Founding Father’s endeavors with wine.
All proceeds benefit the ongoing preservation and restoration of Mount Vernon and its educational programs. This year, the festival was held from 17 to 19 May. The following wineries participated in this year’s festival.
- Barboursville Vineyards Barboursville, VA
- Chateau Morrisette Meadows of Dan, VA
- DuCard Vineyards Madison, VA
- DelFosse Vineyards & Winery Faber, VA
- Early Mountain Madison, VA
- Effingham Manor Nokesville, VA
- Gray Ghost Vineyards Amissville, VA
- Horton Vineyards Gordonsville, VA
- Jefferson Vineyards Charlottesville, VA
- Lake Anna Winery Spotsylvania, VA
- Miracle Valley Vineyard Delaplane, VA
- Narmada Winery Amissville, VA
- Pearmund Cellars Broad Run, VA
- Philip Carter Winery of Virginia Hume, VA
- Rockbridge Vineyards Raphine, VA
- Rosemont Vineyards La Crosse, VA
- Three Fox Vineyards Delaplane, VA
- Veritas Winery Afton, VA
- Walsh Family Wine Purcellville, VA
- Williamsburg Winery Williamsburg, VA
There was also live music at the festival. Sonyx performed on Friday, Bruce Ewan and the Solid Senders on Saturday and David Bach Consort on Sunday.
Private, reserved tables that seat twelve were also available at the festival. These tables included a fruit, cheese, and meat platter, a dessert platter, three bottles of house wine, and VIP table service.VIP table service was available for $1100-$1200.
Historic interpreters conducted special tours of the Mansion throughout the evening. The interpreters discussed Washington’s attempts at creating a vineyard and highlighted various wine-related items inside the Mansion, including the basement’s brick vaults where Washington stored his wine.
To accompany the wine tasting, Fruit & Cheese Boxes were available by advance purchase for $31.79. A variety of hot and cold food and desserts including baguettes, gourmet sandwiches, and specialty sweets were also available on site from the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant. Designated drivers received free Coca-Cola soft drinks.