Virginia is one of three U.S. destinations included in Wine Enthusiast Magazine's 10 best wine travel destinations for 2012.
There are about 200 wineries in Virginia, including one in our own backyard. is in Clifton.
According to Virginia Business, "Virginia is now the nation’s fifth largest wine producer and seventh largest wine grape producer. In 2005, the most recent year a study was done, Virginia’s then 120 wineries employed about 3,000 people and contributed nearly $350 million to the state’s economy on an annual basis."
An updated economic impact study is due in 2012.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine's recommendations include a visit to these Virginia wineries:
North Gate Vineyard in Purcellville
Sunset Hills Vineyard in Purcellville
Blenheim Vineyards in Charlottesville
Tarara Winery in Leesburg
Which Virginia winery do you recommend? Tell us in the comments.