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Mount Vernon’s Popular Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour

Fri, 08/13/2010

Tickets on Sale September 1, 2009

For Immediate Release
August 13, 2009    
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Melissa Wood (703) 799-5203

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(703) 780-2000       

Mount Vernon’s Popular Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour

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 17 Virginia wineries on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 2, 3 & 4 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Tickets are $30 per person and are available at Mount Vernon’s Ford Orientation Center or through beginning September 1. 

To accompany the wine tasting, Fruit & Cheese boxes are available by advance purchase ($24 each; serves two).  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.  Guests can take home a remembrance of Mount Vernon’s Wine Festival and Sunset Tour from the Shops at Mount Vernon, open until 9:30 p.m. each evening.  Cases of wine purchased at the Wine Festival can be transported by wine valets to the Shops for easy pick up at the end of the evening.  

The interpreters will discuss Washington’s attempts at creating a vineyard and highlight various wine-related items inside the Mansion, such as Washington’s spirits case, as well as the basement’s brick vaults where Washington stored his wine.

The following vineyards will be participating in this event: Chatham Vineyards & Winery, Fabbioli Cellars, Fincastle Vineyard & Winery, Gadino Cellars, Hillsborough Vineyards, Horton Cellars, Keswick Vineyards, Kluge Estate Winery & Vineyard, New Kent Winery, Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery, Oak Crest Vineyard & Winery, Paradise Springs Winery, Prince Michel Vineyards & Winery, Sunset Hills Vineyard, Vault Field Vineyards, Williamsburg Winery, and Wintergreen Winery.

Mount Vernon’s Wine Festival & Sunset Tour takes place rain or shine, tickets are limited and all sales are final.  This is a popular event; early ticket purchase is suggested.  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.

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Events, programs, and activities are subject to change.
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Since 1860, over 80 million visitors have made George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens the most popular historic home in America.  Through thought-provoking tours, entertaining events, and stimulating educational programs on the Estate and in classrooms across the nation, Mount Vernon strives to preserve George Washington’s place in history as “First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen.”  Mount Vernon is owned and operated by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, America’s oldest national preservation organization, founded in 1853.  A picturesque drive to the southern end of the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway, Mount Vernon is located just 16 miles from the nation’s capital.

Hours of operation: April-August, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; March, September, October, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; November – February, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Regular admission rates: adults, $15.00; senior citizens, $14.00; children age 6-11, when accompanied by an adult, $7.00; and children under age 5, FREE.  Admission fees, restaurant and retail proceeds, along with private donations, support the operation and restoration of Mount Vernon.