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The Virginia Wineries Association has served Virginia Farm Wineries since 1983. VWA is a non-profit trade association that acts on the behalf of the wine industry. The VWA promotes viticulture and vintner practices, provides a multitude of wine resources and benefits to it’s members. The Virginia Wineries Association hosts the Vintage Virginia® Wine & Food Festival and the Winter Wine Celebration. In addition, VWA holds the Governor’s Cup® Competition each year and hosts tastings of the Governor’s Cup® Case, 12 of the top scoring wines of the competition each year.

A Thriving Wine Industry is a Growing One!  The VWA favors the industry’s continued expansion statewide. The formal Mission as stated in the By Laws is “to actively encourage and support the production, quality, promotion, and appreciation of Virginia Wines”.

WHO we are
Formed in 1983, the Virginia Wineries Association (VWA) grew out of the desire by owners of Virginia wineries to create a wine community that shared ideas and resources to the benefit of everyone in the Virginia wine industry. As a non-profit trade organization, the VWA advocates on behalf of the industry in a number of areas.

  • The VWA promotes viticulture and vintner practices that ensure the highest quality wine production among its member-wineries.
  • Education about Virginia wines and appreciation for their distinctive qualities among consumers are on-going initiatives of the VWA.
  • As a trade organization, the VWA helps develop increased market share for Virginia wines.
  • The VWA supports continued research into the relationship between wine and health.

VWA Past President Ann Heidig sums up the association mission this way.

The VWA strives to be the voice of the Virginia wine industry, the go-to-resource, the representative of wine enrichment, the focal point within the industry for local, state and national issues as we work to establish our identity and our marketing.

VWA Structure:
VWA is made up of both Farm Wineries and other organizations or individuals with interest in the wine industry, referred to as Associate Members. It is governed currently by a Board of 12 with 5 active committees.

If you are interested in finding out more about serving on any of these committees, please contact us at info@vawine.org or 804. 592.3196 for additional information. We welcome your participation!


  • March 2017 – Virginia Wine & Dine Month –  Visit Here
  • April 2017 – Virginia Vineyard Month
  • April 11, 2017 – Virginia Tourism Corporation Marketing Leverage Program Application Opens –  Visit Here
  • April 21, 2017 – Virginia Cooperative Extension Roundtable, Ingleside Vineyards Download PDF
  • June 3-4, 2017 – Vintage Virginia Wine & Food Festival – hyperlink to: Visit Here

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