Eat, drink, shop and explore a gem of American history when the Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival returns to Poplar Forest. The festival, which celebrates Jefferson’s legacy as the father of Virginia wine, features tastings from over a dozen of Virginia’s finest wineries. Funds raised by the festival support the ongoing restoration, preservation and interpretation of the Founding Father’s secluded Bedford County retreat.
Held inside large, heated tents on Poplar Forest’s south lawn, rain or shine. Outside food and drink are not allowed. With the exception of service dogs, pets are prohibited.
Be a Jefferson VIP
VIP Wine Festival passes include access to a private tent on the rooftop of the Wing of Offices, heavy hors d’oeuvres by Avenue Foods, an exclusive wine tasting and a private audience with Mr. Jefferson. Available for advance purchase only.
Participating Wineries & Cideries
Castle Glen Estates Winery
Chateau Morrisette Winery
Cobbler Mountain Cider
Gabriele Rausse Winery
Lake Anna Winery
Peaks of Otter Winery
Rural Retreat Winery & Vineyard
The Williamsburg Winery
Food and Craft Vendors
Alpaca by Jaca
Brother Jake’s Brick Oven Creations
Ellis Farm at Winterpock, LLC
Muddy Pup Soap/The Alfie Project
Plantation Peanuts of Wakefield
Robert Smith and Barry Tuggle Leatherwork and Carved Decor
Sophie Adams Art
Watt’s Poppin’ & Chillin’ LLC
Wire Wrapping & Beading by Renee
Enjoy performances by local bands Rendezvous and Wylder.
Wine Festival Partner Hotels
Looking for a place to stay during the 2019 Wine Festival? Check out our partner hotels near Poplar Forest.
The Virginian Hotel
Located in downtown Lynchburg, VA. Offering a 10% discount on guest rooms for both Friday, November 15, and Saturday, November 16. Use this booking link to access the rate or call the hotel at 434.329.3200 and mention group code WINE.
Peaks of Otter Lodge
Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Offering a 15% discount on guest rooms for a two-night stay Friday, November 15, and Saturday, November 16. Use this booking link to access the rate or call the hotel at 866.387.9905 and mention promo code POPLAR2.