MOUNT VERNON, VA – Mount Vernon’s Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour celebrates the history of wine in Virginia with exclusive evening tours of the Mansion and cellar, appearances by “George and Martha Washington”, and live blues on the east lawn overlooking the scenic Potomac River.  Visitors can bring a blanket and relax on the lawn as they sample wines from 20 Virginia wineries on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 6, 7, and 8, from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Individual tickets are Friday, October 6: $40. Saturday, October 7: $48. Sunday, October 8: $36.

Private reserved tables, which can seat up to 12 guests and include a fruit and cheese platter, three bottles of house wine and VIP table service are available starting at $1100.  Tickets and tables are available at MountVernon.org or the ticket window at Mount Vernon’s Ford Orientation Center.

Historic interpreters will conduct special tours of the Mansion throughout the evening.  The interpreters will discuss Washington’s attempts at creating a vineyard and highlight various wine-related items inside the Mansion, including the basement’s brick vaults where Washington stored his wine.       

To accompany the wine tasting, Fruit & Cheese Boxes are available by advance purchase for $32.  A variety of hot and cold food and desserts including baguettes, gourmet sandwiches, and specialty sweets will be available on site from the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant.  Outside food and beverages are not allowed.   

Mount Vernon’s Wine Festival & Sunset Tour takes place rain or shine, tickets are limited and all sales are final.  Pets are also not allowed. Guests must be prepared to show identification for wine service.  Designated drivers will receive free Coca-Cola soft drinks.

All proceeds benefit the ongoing preservation and restoration of Mount Vernon and its educational programs. For more details, please visit mountvernon.org/fallwine.

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Events, programs, and activities are subject to change.

Public Information: 703-780-2000; 703-799-8697 (TDD); www.MountVernon.org

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