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It’s only been a few months since Reston Town Center hosted the spring Great Grapes Wine, Arts & Food Festival, but now the cooler weather is about to set in, it’s prime wine season and the fall festival is coming up September 8 & 9!

For Restonians, the festival is a seasonal staple with more than 200 wines from 20 Virginia wineries, delicious food with live gourmet demonstrations, crafts, a kids’ activity area and live entertainment. But let’s get down to business and talk about the real reason we’re all here: the wines. We went through the participating wineries and picked a few of our favorites. (We by no means claim to be expert sommeliers, these just struck our fancy!)

Here are a few of our top wines to watch:

  • Cooper Vineyards in Louisa, VA won eight awards with their 2010 Norton Reserve. Made of 100% Norton grape, it has a deep purple color and a robust burst of fruity, silky flavor and tannins that are best tamed by letting it breathe first.
  • Mattaponi Winery in Spotsylvania, VA, is best known for its Odeimin (meaning strawberry) wine that has won seven awards. It is a light dessert wine made from local strawberries that hints of the fruit starting sweet, but not overly sweet, and finishes with a tart lingering flavor on the palate.
  • Democracy Vineyards in Lovingston, VA, has an eight-time award-winning wine, the Velvet Revolution Reserve 2009, which is a varietal with an explosive complexity that’s a mixture of cherry notes, deep tannins and a nutty, dry-yet-still-fruity finish. The equal parts Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin, Merlot and Petit Verdot round it out for a well-balanced wine.
  • The Williamsburg Winery in Williamsburg, VA, has their barrel-aged Acte12 Chardonnay 2010, which is an eight-time award winner. It is a smooth, toasty chardonnay with a strong buttery finish that leaves a creamy sugary taste on the palate.
  • Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery in Stafford, VA, has the best Viognier of the East Coast according to the Beverage Wine Institute. The Richland Reserve Viognier 2009 has a golden yellow color with gentle, yet complex aromas of tropical fruits such as citrus, and dragon fruit yet with a creamy banana and coconut custard finish. This is a well-balanced wine with a crisp medium-to-full-body taste.
  • And lastly, don’t miss the Unicorn Winery in Amissville, VA – we can’t speak to their wines, we just love the name!


So now you know about a few of the great wines that are going to be at the festival, grab your tickets (a percentage of the proceeds go to Spirit of Hope Children’s Foundation!) and get ready to uncork the fun!  If you can’t make it to the festival this season, don’t worry, Reston Town Center has plenty of delicious wines to taste at our restaurants or grab a bottle at our specialty shops like Market Cellars!

Great Grapes! Wine, Arts & Food Festival Comes to Reston Town Center
Saturday, April 24 2010, Noon – 6 pm

Attendees of the upcoming wine festival can sample over 200 wines from 20 different local wineries.

What’s All The Excitement About…

  • Great Family Fun. The festival is an inexpensive way to see Virginia Wine Country – right in your own backyard. Take your sample glass and enjoy samples from all your favorite wineries.
  • Great new kids activity area. If you want to bring the kids, have them enjoy the fun activity booths and craft area. Kids are FREE.
  • Crafts and Culinary Gift Items. The Show features about 60 different artists and crafters that will offer neat gift ideas for the foodie in you or your friends.
  • “Gourmet Live!” Enjoy cooking and wine pairing seminars on-site at the show.
  • Live Music on the Main Stage. Listen to your favorite bands while you try the different wines on-site.
  • Win a Trip to Sonoma Wine Country! One lucky winner will win a trip to Sonoma Wine Country in 2010. Make sure you join our mailing list at the entrance of the show to be entered to win.

One Adult Admission Includes:

Souvenir wine glass, unlimited samples, all performances and cooking demonstrations.

Ticket Prices

$30 2-day ticket

$25 On-site

$20 Advance online

$15 Designated Drivers

$18 Group Tickets (per ticket) for groups of 20 or more (must order by phone 800.830.3976).

Kids – 12 and under admitted FREE!

Advanced Purchase at or 800.830.3976.

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