Explore Virginia wine tours to taste Virginia wines. There are dozens of wineries in Central Virginia; let Camryn Limousine show you what makes Virginia and Charlottesville such a beautiful place to be.
Afton, Keswick, Lynchburg, Barboursville, Madison, Glen Allen, Crozet, North Garden… These are just a few of the many places we can take you to sample the best that Virginia’s wine country has to offer.
Camryn Limousine invites you to explore the Charlottesville vineyards and Charlottesville wineries. Taste Virginia wine in comfort and style as our limousines lead you through the scenic Virginia countryside.
The wine tours of VA and the limousines of Camryn will make for a wonderful day of wine tasting in and around Charlottesville. Our luxurious chauffeured limousines are the finest in the area. We invite you to experience Virginia wine in the most gentle and comfortable manner available.
Virginia’s Wine Industry – A Story of Success
Virginia is known for its political and historic value, not to mention its rolling hills. However, within the last twenty years, the state has become popular for something completely different – fine Virginia wine.
Named one of the world’s top 10 wine travel destinations in 2012 by Wine Enthusiast magazine, the Virginia wine industry is experiencing significant growth and is expected to continue to grow. Other destinations on the Wine Enthusiast list included California, Spain, Italy, France and New Zealand.
Virginia wineries have become particularly busy, and the state has become a leading East Coast destination for wine country tours. In addition, it is the 5th largest wine producing state in the U.S. after New York and the West Coast giants. Virginia’s production of 1 million gallons of wine in 2010 made it the 12th state nationwide in wine production, and visitors to Virginia’s wineries reached about 1.6 million that same year.
American vino production actually started in the 17th century in Virginia, so its current growth is really its reemergence after 400 years. Winemaking in VA dates back to the early 1600’s when the first Assembly in Jamestown Colony passed Act 12, which required all settlers to plant 10 vines for winemaking. This was to reduce Britain’s viticultural dependency on arch-rival France, since the New World was thought to be ideal for vineyard cultivation.
Unfortunately, the European vines did not thrive as expected. Phylloxera, a pesky root louse, attacked foreign vines, leaving more than two thirds of all European vineyards destroyed during the Phylloxera Plague of the 1850s. To fix this problem, European roots were grafted onto the roots of Norton, a resistant American native that was first cultivated in Richmond, Virginia.
By 2012, the only problem facing the Virginia vino industry was that sales were outpacing growth. There has been an increased demand for more grapes, opening the door for new wineries. The number of Virginia wineries is now way past the 200 mark, a drastic increase from the 64 wineries that were in business in 2000.
In 2011, two prominent personalities took up vineyards in Virginia, creating quite a buzz. Steve Case, the co-founder and former CEO of American Online (AOL), purchased Sweely Estate in Madison with his wife Jean over the summer. Earlier in the year, Donald Trump purchased the Kluge Estate, located south of Charlottesville, during a foreclosure auction following the estate’s bankruptcy.
The wine and wine-grape industry in Virginia contributes almost 750 million dollars annually to Virginia’s economy, an increase of about 106 percent since 2005. In addition, although there was a drastic increase in unemployment nationally, the number of jobs in the wine industry increased from 3,162 in 2005 to 4,753 by 2010. The greater portion of the industry’s growth was a result of the addition of small wineries that produce less than 10,000 gallons annually.
Although it took more than 400 years, Virginia is finally producing the grapes America’s first European settlers’ hoped for. The growth has not only put the state on the national scene, but the international scene as well.
Six American Viticultural Areas are found in Virginia: Shenandoah Valley, the Eastern Shore, Rocky Knob, Northern Neck George Washington Birthplace, North Fork of Roanoke and Monticello. Barboursville Vineyards, which sits in the Monticello AVA, has the state’s highest concentration of wineries.
Most VA wineries fall along the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains and are located along a landscape of beautiful rolling hills, white shingled houses and picket fences. The state is even richer in scenery than it is in history, with the preeminent wine regions of the central and northwestern areas offering the most amazing views that make them worth a visit.
VA wine tours also offer a special “eat local, drink local” experience that includes foods and wines from the region. For instance, oysters from the Eastern Shore are said to go down well with the salinity of the Chatham Vineyards’ stainless steel Chardonnay, which is touched by the ocean breeze. Camryn Limo is your ideal companion should you choose to indulge in the celebrated Virginia vineyard tours to taste some of the state’s best wines.
Located in Charlottesville, Camryn Limo has the finest luxurious limousines with chauffeurs who know exactly where to take you to sample the best of the Virginia wine country. Many Charlottesville wineries have also been opened over the last few years – yet another reason to book your wine tour with Camryn Limo.
Our Chrysler 300 limousines can carry up to 12 passengers and are fully equipped with special lighting, ice chests, drink holders and privacy partitions. For a plush and hassle-free tour of the rich Virginia vineyards, contact Camryn Limousine today and schedule your VA wine tour.
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