Wine festivals happen throughout Virginia all year long. Some are in parking lots, some are held at wineries or in large fields. There is one that celebrates Virginia wines, craft beer and cider…it’s the Annual Grapes & Grains Festival held at Mariners Landing Resort that overlooks the beautiful Smith Mountain Lake.
This festival is special, not only because it is held on the lawn right next to the lake with the majestic Blue Ridge mountains in the background, but the resort opens up all of its amenities to guests at the festival so they can enjoy the outdoor pools, the beach on the lake, the indoor heated pool and game room, fitness center, tennis courts and its hiking walking and biking trail! The tickets are incredibly reasonable. You can purchase them in advance and they are only $15 for 10 free tastings of your choice and then you can purchase a full glass (or bottle) after that. For those who are the designated driver, you can purchase your ticket in advance for only $5. All tickets allow you into the festival where you can spread out your blanket, listen to live music, try some BBQ and other tasty eats, shop at the on-site arts & crafts vendors, or take a dip in the lake or one of the pools! If you decide to purchase your tickets the day of the event, it will be $20 for tasting tickets and $10 for non-tasters. You can find more information at www.mariners-resort.com/eventsatmariners. Or you can purchase your tickets online at https://bwtickets.com/products