Who doesn’t love sipping local wines while soaking up rich history and stunning scenery? Mark your calendar for the Mount Vernon Wine Festival, taking place from October 6th to 8th, 2023. 

Hosted on the picturesque East Lawn overlooking the Potomac River, the festival offers an unparalleled wine-tasting experience you won’t want to miss.

Set the Scene: A Cozy Evening at Mount Vernon

Spread your blanket on the verdant East Lawn and watch the sunset paint the sky as you sample some of Virginia’s finest wines. The first and second floors of George Washington’s iconic Mansion will also be open for tours until 8:30 p.m.

 If you’re lucky, you might even run into George Washington himself!

Your Guide to Virginia’s Best Wineries

Participating wineries hail from all over Virginia, showcasing the state’s rich viticulture:

  • Barboursville Vineyards
  • Briede Vineyards
  • Chateau Morrisette Winery
  • Creek’s Edge Winery
  • … and many more.

Explore everything from robust reds to refreshing whites. Each winery brings something unique to the table, guaranteeing that every palate will find its perfect pairing.

No Need to Leave Hungry!

While you can’t bring your own food or beverages (except bottled water), you’ll find plenty to nibble on, thanks to the Mount Vernon Inn. Both hot and cold items will be available for purchase:

Hot Items:

  • BBQ Pork Sandwich – $9
  • Grilled Chicken Bites (GF) – $8

Cold Items:

  • Charcuterie Box – $15
  • Chicken Caesar Salad – $10

Credit cards are accepted, so no need to carry around cash.

How to Get There

The Mount Vernon Wine Festival is conveniently located and can be accessed easily from the Washington, DC metro area by car or public transportation. Doors open at 6 p.m. each evening, and festival-goers are encouraged to come early to get a prime spot on the lawn.

Shop ‘Til You Drop!

The Shops at Mount Vernon and Wine Valet Service will remain open until 8:45 p.m., providing an excellent opportunity to pick up unique souvenirs or perhaps a bottle (or two) of your new favorite wine.

Important Details

  • Dates: October 6-8, 2023
  • Time: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Location: Mount Vernon East Lawn
  • Payment: Cash or Credit accepted

Bottom Line

Whether you’re a wine connoisseur, a history buff, or just looking for a unique way to spend your evening, the Mount Vernon Wine Festival has something for everyone. Experience Virginia’s exquisite wines in the historic setting of Mount Vernon, and make memories you won’t forget.!

Please note that the information is subject to change, so make sure to check the official Mount Vernon website for the most up-to-date details.

Looking for more outdoor activities? Check out last week’s blog here!