April is Virginia Vineyard Month, and the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has teamed up with the Virginia Wine Board and Virginia Tourism to shine a light on Virginia’s celebrated wine industry with a special lottery offering of award-winning Virginia wines and a sweepstakes for a vineyard getaway.
Beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19, and continuing through 9 a.m. Friday, April 21, Virginians can enter the online lottery for the chance to buy one of 60, six-pack assortments of 2017 Governor’s Cup Gold Medal wines. Wines included in the assortment include:
The lottery entry form can be accessed on the Virginia ABC website, https://www.abc.virginia.gov/products/limited-availability.
Throughout April, Virginians can also enter to win a Virginia Vineyard Vacation package for two adults (over 21 years old) for three days and two nights to Barboursville Vineyards. The vacation package includes:
“We are proud to support our state’s widely acclaimed wine industry and offer these fine ‘made in Virginia’ products on ABC store shelves,” said Virginia ABC Chairman Jeffrey Painter. “Our partnership with the Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office and the Virginia Tourism Corporation to promote Virginia Vineyard Month highlights the economic development and growing tourism that we can attribute to our local wineries and vineyards.”
With more than 280 wineries, Virginia is recognized as one of the top 10 wine travel destinations in the world due to the state’s rich history of grape cultivation and excellence in agricultural practices. Wines made in Virginia have earned national and international awards and recognition.
Customers are encouraged to use the agency’s updated website at www.abc.virginia.gov, to find a new favorite Virginia wine at a store near you. A searchable list of Virginia ABC’s 364 stores—including brands and quantities of spirits available at each location—can be found on the agency’s website.
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $1.8 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 364 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 17,000 ABC licensed establishments while the Hearings and Appeals Division considers more than 700 cases each year. The agency also provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages. Now marking its 83rd year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.