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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Sometimes the best ideas just need time to ferment.

Thirteen years ago Melanie and Brian Simpson, who was serving in the Marines, lived in Virginia. They noticed the wine industry was starting to take off and they enjoyed visiting various locations around the state.

They thought — what if there was a wine pass that gave folks even more of an incentive to visit vineyards?

That’s essentially how the Virginia Wine Pass came to be.

“We were visiting a lot of wineries back then — before we had kids– and we just imagined the idea and how cool it would be,” Melanie said. “We had the idea in our minds, we moved around a bit, and then when he got a job in D.C. and we moved back, we started it.”

The Virginia Wine Pass launched in 2014 and continues to add more venues; over 100 wineries/cideries now participate.

“When we started it was a little bit slow getting started because it was a new concept,” Melanie said. “Now that we have so many wineries and cideries we have really seen it grow.”

She said that about 70% of the passholders are in the aread (D.C., Maryland and Virginia) and they sell the rest to people traveling to the area.

“People are loving what they are able to get,” she said and pointed out that in Loudon there are five wineries within five miles – and with the wine pass members can save around $50 on tasting fees.

“It pays for itself quickly and is a great way to support the local economy,” she said. “It’s a way to get out there and explore what Virginia has to offer.”

HOW IT WORKS

One membership provides the benefits for two people.

“One pass extends perks to two people so that the cardholder can bring a friend,” Melanie said.

There are two different ways to save. Download the Virginia Wine Pass App (available for both Apple and Android) and purchase a membership for one month or 12 months. The “card” is delivered instantly to the smart phone, and perks can be immediately enjoyed.

The Virginia Wine Pass card can be purchased through the website. It is a physical membership card that will arrive locally within a few days via USPS.  The card, like the pass, is presented at the venue to enjoy the perks.

The card is valid for one calendar year; it expires Dec. 31 of the respective year.

Currently, there is a deal through Living Social which offers the pass for $34.99.

VENUES

The passport benefits per venue are posted online. The deals range from complimentary tastings to discounted tastings and bottle purchases or a free t-shirt or tour at Blue Bee Cider.

There are 104 venues participating in 2016.

The complete list of venues and discounts can be found here. 

The venues can be seen on the map and below in list form.

Events at the venues are sometimes posted here, on Facebook.

  1. Philip Carter Winery of Virginia
  2. Barrel Oak Winery
  3. Pollak Vineyards
  4. Old Hill Cider
  5. Albemarle Ciderworks
  6. Blue Bee Cider
  7. Granite Heights Winery
  8. Mermaid Winery
  9. Burnley Vineyards
  10. Creek’s Edge Winery
  11. Winery 32
  12. Boxwood Winery
  13. Wisdom Oak Winery
  14. Peaks of Otter Winery
  15. First Colony Winery
  16. Narmada Winery
  17. Foggy Ridge Cider
  18. Grey Horse Vineyards
  19. Magnolia Vineyards & Winery
  20. Rural Retreat Winery & Vineyards
  21. 8 chains north
  22. Corcoran Vineyards
  23. Pearmund Cellars
  24. James River Cellars
  25. Mattaponi Winery
  26. Byrd Cellars
  27. Bluestone Vineyard
  28. Elk Island Winery
  29. Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery
  30. Cooper Vineyards
  31. Miracle Valley Vineyards
  32. Vint Hill Craft Winery
  33. The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards
  34. Breaux Vineyards
  35. Wicked Oak Farms & Vineyard
  36. Maggie Malick Wine Caves
  37. Adventure Farm & Vineyard
  38. Honah Lee Vineyard & Winery
  39. Horton Vineyards
  40. Three Fox Vineyards
  41. 50 West Vineyards
  42. Bold Rock Hard Cider
  43. JBR Vineyards & Winery
  44. The Wine Reserve at Waterford
  45. Rogers Ford Farm Winery
  46. Molon Lave Vineyards and Winery
  47. Two Twisted Posts Winery
  48. WillowCroft Winery
  49. Democracy Vineyards
  50. DuCard Vineyards
  51. Lake Anna Winery
  52. Sans Soucy Vineyards & Winery
  53. Morais Vineyards & Winery
  54. Cross Keys Vineyards
  55. Wolf Gap Vineyard & Winery
  56. Hillsborough Vineyards
  57. Chateau MerrillAnne
  58. North Gate Vineyards
  59. Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery
  60. Ox Eye Vineyards
  61. Desert Rose Ranch & Winery
  62. Grace Estate Winery
  63. Keswick Vineyards
  64. Hiddencroft Vineyards
  65. Rebec VIneyards
  66. Mountain View Vineyard
  67. Notaviva Vineyards
  68. Hidden Brook Winery
  69. Weston Farm Vineyard & Winery
  70. The Winery at Bull Run
  71. Otium Cellars
  72. 22 Brix – The Ankida Ridge Wine Room
  73. Lazy Days Winery
  74. Ingleside Vineyards
  75. Jacey Vineyards
  76. Pungo Ridge Winery
  77. Saude Creek Vineyards
  78. Little Washington Winery
  79. Gadino Cellars
  80. DeVault Family Vineyards
  81. Carroll Vineyards Tasting Room at Leesburg Vintner
  82. Gray Ghost Vineyards
  83. Sharp Rock Vineyards
  84. Kilaurwen Winery
  85. Dry Mill Vineyard & Winery LLC
  86. Hartwood Winery
  87. Bogati Bodega & Vineyard
  88. Veramar Vineyard
  89. The Dog and Oyster Vineyard
  90. Good Luck Cellars
  91. Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery
  92. Shenandoah Vineyards
  93. Delfosse Vineyards & Winery
  94. Marterella Winery
  95. Loving Cup Vineyard & Winery
  96. Greenhill Winery & Vineyards
  97. Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant
  98. White Barrel Winery
  99. Beliveau Estate Winery
  100. AmRhein’s Wine Cellars
  101. The Winery at Kindred Pointe
  102. 868 Estate Vineyard
  103. Naked Mountain Winery & Vineyards
  104. Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery