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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.
Tickets are $25/person for Tasting Tickets in advance. Advance ticket sales end at 5 p.m. November, 15th.
Day-of Tasting Tickets will be available for $30/person. You must have a Tasting Ticket if you wish to taste or purchase wine.
Non-Tasting Tickets are available for $10 in advance and day-of.
Children are allowed at the festival, but there are no children’s activities available. All children age 6 and up must have a Non-Tasting Ticket.
Participating Wineries & Cideries
AmRhein’s Wine Cellars
Castle Glen Estates Winery
Chateau Morrisette Winery
Cobbler Mountain Cider
Lake Anna Winery
Peaks of Otter Winery
Rural Retreat Winery & Vineyard
The Williamsburg Winery
Food and Craft Vendors
Alpaca by Jaca
Blackwater Coffee Trailer
Brother Jake’s Brick Oven Creations
Claude and Company Fine Leather Goods
Margaret Niblett Designs
Muddy Pup Soap/The Alfie Project
Plantation Peanuts of Wakefield
Sophie Adams Art
The Sterling Peacock
Watt’s Poppin’ & Chillin’
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.