Media Contact: Jim Schepmoes
804-493-8038 ext. 8119
For Immediate Release
STRATFORD, VA, (September 9, 2011) – Join us for the 5th Annual Stratford Hall Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival on September 24 & 25, as we showcase the wineries of the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail along with food offerings, live music, over 70 vendors and plenty of activities for children. This year’s festival will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 25.
One of the new fun activities being included to this year’s wine festival will be a wine stomp. Participants will be able to stomp in barrels of Chambersin grapes. Everyone taking part can get an optional photo and an “I stomped at the Stratford Hall Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival” certificate for $2. Tee shirts with the same slogan will also be available for purchase for $15. And yes, there will be towels and hoses for clean up!
At its heart, Stratford’s Wine Festival is a showcase for the variety and quality of the vineyards of the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail. The rich tidewater soils and the mild climate of the Northern Neck of Virginia provide an ideal environment for the wine grower. Whether it may be the white grape varieties such as; Chardonnay, Trebbiano, Viognier, or for example the reds: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot or Norton the results are equally delicious offerings.
Advance tickets are $20 adult; $10 designated driver (non-drinking) or under 21; $5 children 6-11; free for children under 6. Advance tickets can be purchased on site at each participating winery and at Stratford Hall, or on line on the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail web sitewww.chesapeakewinefestival.com. with a PayPal account or major credit cards. Tickets purchased at the gate on the day of the event will be $25 for adults (prices for designated drivers and children remain the same as above). Adult tickets include a complimentary wine glass for tasting. All tickets include a tour of the historic Great House.
For more details and a list of vendors, visit www.StratfordHall.org, or call 804-493-8038.