It may have been only the third annual Coastal Virginia Wine Fest, but a lot has been said about this popular wine festival held in Virginia Beach.
The Coastal Virginia Wine Fest starts with an excellent location — state of the art building, plenty of convenient parking and several nice hotels just a stone’s throw away. The Virginia Beach Convention Center is the perfect place to play host to an indoor wine festival. It has lots of space, nice restrooms, and plenty of areas to sit and relax — and with the festival being held during the chillier months, it’s a warmer option, nothing too out of the ordinary except that it’s indoors.
The brainchild behind the fest is Vista Graphics President and Publisher, Randy Thompson – perhaps, using a speck of borrowed ideas; the greatest form of flattery. The fest nourishes a devoted segment of tourist and locals, provides the perfect reason for a mid-winter break at the beach — and helps to expose more people to Virginia wine and the Coastal Virginia Magazine.
The focus of the festival is deliberate and intentional, giving the event attendees an opportunity to sample and purchase Virginia vintages and craft brews, and take full advantage of the great ocean front before and after the festival.
“The Coastal Virginia Wine Fest helps to support the resort area,” Lisa Davenport, Marketing Manager says — “and is beneficial to the community because a portion of the proceeds is donated.”
Visitors appreciate the proximity of Convention Center to the beach. “It’s an excellent ocean front location – perfect for a winter getaway,” one guest tells Davenport. “We plan our winter vacation getaway based on the wine fest dates, so we can attend.”
While Virginia wine is the primary focus, that isn’t all; All-Virginia craft beer and purveyors such as The Keswick Candle company play a supportive role in the overall theme, “Local”.