Thomas Jefferson called wine “…a necessary of life with me.” This November, thousands of like-minded wine enthusiasts will gather at his secluded plantation to toast the “Father of Virginia Wine” in the eighth annual Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival.
The festival will feature Virginia wineries along with artisans, local food purveyors and musical entertainment. It is held inside large, heated tents, rain or shine. Tasting tickets include a complimentary wine glass. Because this is an adult event, there are no children’s activities available. We ask that attendees refrain from bringing outside food or drink. With the exception of service dogs, pets are prohibited. Hotel packages will be available.
This special tent will be set up on the rooftop of the retreat's service wing. VIP tickets include a seat at a table in the tent, heavy hors d’oeuvres prepared by Avenue Foods and exclusive tastings of fine French wines. VIP guests will also enjoy a private conversation with Mr. Jefferson and his guest Gabrielle Rausse, the man credited with beginning the wine revolution in Virginia. An exhibit of archaeological artifacts relating to wine will be on display in the tent. Guests will receive a special Poplar Forest keepsake.
For a list of participating wineries, food and craft vendors and live musical guests, please visit: