Wine enthusiasts have their pick of great festivals across the country. But if you're looking for a wine festival that also includes concerts and crafts, be sure to check out the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival in Virginia. The year 2012 marks the 23rd annual festival in central Virginia's Smith Mountain Lake
. This rain or shine event is an autumn favorite for both locals and wine lovers from near and far. For an opportunity to meet winemakers, sip wines from Virginia, and listen to outdoor concerts, the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival can't be beat.
The 2012 Festival
In 2012, the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival is taking place from September 29 through September 30
. This two-day festival brings together 27 wineries
along with 85 food and craft vendors
to create one delicious event. While some wine festivals are heavy on the wine, this festive event also includes plenty of entertainment for non-drinkers including live concerts and food and craft vendors. Whether you're interested in the wine or in the beauty of Smith Mountain Lake in early autumn, this is a fun weekend away from home.
Tickets for the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival fall into two categories: drinkers and non-drinkers. Tickets for tasters cost $22 while tickets for non-drinkers (or designated drivers) cost $15. There are no hidden fees at this festival - parking is free. These prices represent the cost at the gate of the festival. If you want to save money, purchase your tickets in advance. Tickets for tasters in advance cost $18 for tasters and $12 for designated drivers. In addition to arranging your tickets in advance, you will also want to book a vacation rental
What to Do in Smith Mountain Lake
The wine festival might draw you to this region of Virginia, but why not stay for a vacation? There are many things to do in Smith Mountain Lake. While this destination is busiest in the summer months, things are much more serene during September when the festival takes place. Popular local activities include wakeboarding
, and hiking
. There are many great local boat tours for exploring the lake or adventurous visitors might want to gain a bird's eye view with a parasailing tour
. Scenic flights and horseback riding tours
are also available here. In addition to all of this activity, many visitors love Smith Mountain Lake because it is the perfect place to sit back, relax, and do nothing at all.
Many travelers come to Virginia to explore local wines. The festival will bring together a variety of vineyards and wines, but some visitors might want to supplement that by visiting the wineries. You can wait until you discover your favorite wines at the festival to plan winery visits or you can plan on visiting some of the wineries closest to Smith Mountain Lake. The wineries that are closest to the lake include Hickory Hill
, Peaks of Otter Winery
, Tomahawk Mill Winery
, and White Rock Vineyards and Winery
Along with wine tastings, there are continuous live music performances at the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival. Bring a picnic blanket and a lawn chair to sit back and enjoy the performances. Many potential guests also wonder whether winemakers will be present at the festival. The answer is yes; winemakers have a visible presence at the festival and are available to answer questions about wine and winemaking. In addition to food and craft vendors, there are also vendors available with festival souvenirs and lots of information on Smith Mountain Lake
Smith Mountain Lake Rentals for the 2012 Wine Festival
This private Smith Mountain Lake log cabin, with 3 fireplaces, screened porch, hot-tub & decks is nestled in a wildlife preserve, looking right at Smith Mountain Lake and the Blue Ridge mountains. No one across from you and nestled on over 300 fee...
Welcome to Glendalough, one of the first large family retreats built on beautiful Smith Mountain Lake. Glendalough boasts a most expansive wide water view of the lake, and the full breadth of Smith Mountain. The point property sits on 1023 feet ...
An authentic log cabin on a flat lot, with a hot tub, pool table and two stone fireplaces. Enjoy the most majestic view on the lake. Step off the ground-level back deck (where the hot tub sits) and you are only 30 feet from the lake. Bring your...
This 3-level, 1728 sq ft waterfront townhouse is located in the Waterfront Country Club section of SML,VA. This property faces the water and is located near Channel Marker R-25. The home's main level features a fully-equipped kitchen with breakfa...
Near Bridgewater Plaza, Wi-Fi, Linens Provided, Full Size Pool Table, Ping Pong Table, Air Hockey, and Fooz Ball Table in Terrace Level Gameroom, Paddle Boat Available for Guest Use, Pet Friendly (with additional fee). Mail a personal check for pa...