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SoVA Wine Trail Kicks off November “Taste of SoVA: Food and Wine Passport” Tour

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Southern Virginia Wine Region wineries roll out the red carpet for the Public during their inaugural food and wine pairing tour across 5 counties

(Lynchburg, Virginia, Oct. 26, 2014)—Harvest has come to a close for the 12 wineries along The SoVA Wine Trail and after a smashing success and record turn out at this past weekend’s SoVA Wine Fest at The Berry Hill Resort, the 12 member wineries of The SoVA Wine Trail are ready to celebrate with their inaugural “Taste of SoVA” Passport Tour. For the first three weekends in November, the SoVA Wine Trail’s new Passport Program delivers tasting-size food and wine pairings at the tasting rooms of all twelve member wineries.

Justin Rose of SoVA winery Rosemont of Virginia is thrilled to see the 2014 harvest come to a close, with Rosemont “bringing in just over 90 tons of grapes after an unusually rainy season, we saw our highest fruit yield ever, but with the substantial rain, we’ve dubbed the 2014 vintage “The Year of The Rosé” at Rosemont!” For the November 8th and 15th Taste of SoVA weekends, Rosemont of Virginia will pair their Kilravock 2012 with a Smoked Beef Brisket Canapé featuring a Kilravock Reduction Sauce, meanwhile their Traminette 2013 will be paired with Pineapple Habanero Salsa and Plantain Chips from Chef’s Korner located in Ebony.

The November 1st Passport stops will include the West Side wineries of SoVA including: Greenwood Vineyards in Vernon Hill, White Oak Mountain Meadery, The Homeplace Vineyard and Tomahawk Mill Winery in Chatham, and Brooks Mill Winery in Wirtz, along with Hickory Hill Vineyards in Moneta. Wineries have specific themes and menus for different days and weekends, so check details on the SoVA Wine Trail website. Highlights include 2015 “Good Foods Award” Finalist, chocolatier Stacy Noland of Stacy’s Sweet Spot of Moneta pairing with the wines of Hickory Hill Vineyards, and Chef Steve Schopen of Molasses Grill, Halifax, serving favorites from his Fall menu paired with two of Hunting Creek Vineyard’s “Sin Series” wines.

On Saturday, November 8th, all 12 wineries will be open for passport visits, and on Saturday, November 15th, the East Side of the trail including: Rosemont of Virginia, Annefield Vineyards, Hunting Creek Vineyards, Bright Meadows Farm, Sans Soucy Vineyards and DeVault Vineyards will wrap up the multi-weekend event with food and wine pairings with partners including Charley’s Farmville, The Packhouse, Halifax, Epicurean Underground, and more.

Passports are $35 per person, and are available at participating wineries, or online at www.sovawinetrail.com/passport. Event hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays.

For more information about the 2014 Taste of SoVA visit www.sovawinetrail.com.

About SoVA Wine Trail: The SoVA Wine Trail was established in Spring 2009 by an enthusiastic group of grape grower/wine makers with 9 wineries located in Southern Virginia. Southern Virginia is an up-and-coming grape-growing region that hosts a unique and ideal terroir for growing a vast variety of grapes for fine wine making.

SoVA has made a name for itself bringing wine enthusiasts to Southern Virginia for a more “organic” and personal experience where guests often have the opportunity to sample and learn about award-winning wines along side SoVA’s wine makers and vineyard owners. In addition to our now 12 wineries, SoVA has a great group of inns, bed & breakfasts, restaurants, and exciting points of interest to keep visitors busy! SoVA is perfect for a romantic Virginia weekend getaway, a Girls Trip or a day trip being less than four hours from Washington D.C. and Northern Virgina, 1.5 hours from Richmond, Virginia, 1 hour from Raleigh, and less than an hour from Greensboro, North Carolina.

For more information, contact:

Cameron Anctil, Direct SoVA Wine Trail
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