Twice a year, Mount Vernon Estates (the home of George Washington) becomes the site of the Wine Festival and Sunset Tours. It’s become a tradition for John and I to go whenever we’re in town. It’s a great was to spend a relaxing evening on the lawn overlooking the beautiful Potomac and listening to the jazz band. And, better yet, we go with friends ~ makes for wonderful
Friday night was our 4th visit. We’ve got it down to a science now: Get there early, stake out a good spot on the lawn (not too close to the band) and then hit the wine tasting as soon as possible. Elbowing people out of the way is essential ~ some set up station and continue drinking without a thought about the people behind them waiting for a sip. Once we find the wine we like, we buy a bottle (or three) and head back to the chairs to relax. The Dixie Power Trio (there are really 4 members) played toe-tapping New Orleans-style jazz, zydeco, Cajun sounds. Loved their rendition of “When The Saints Come Marching In” as festival-goers formed a conga line and danced around the lawn.
Mount Vernon Estates is located in Alexandria, Virginia on the banks of the Potomac River. It’s one of the country’s most popular historic estate and welcomes over 1 million visitors every year. There’s the plantation house, many out-buildings and gorgeous grounds which include flower and vegetable gardens. I visit Mount Vernon as often as I can but the wine festival is definitely a highlight.
This year there were 16 Virginia Wineries represented. I enjoyed “Dog and Oyster” and “Sunset Hills” wines but we ended up choosing “Trump Winery” as our bottle(s) of choice (a tasty Merlot).
If you decide to go, purchasing your tickets in advance is essential. The festival usually sells out on Friday and Saturday nights. They’ve added Sunday evening due to the popularity of the event. I’m tempted to go back tonight just to listen to the band. The fall Wine Festival is scheduled for October 3,4 and 5, 2014. Tickets go on sale August 25, 2014.
- Bring a folding chair and blanket for the lawn
- Have valid photo identification
- Outside food & beverage not allowed. There are concessions under the tasting tent.
- There’s Wine Valet services if you decide to buy several bottles/case. The wine will be waiting for you at the exit.
- The festival goes on rain or shine so be prepared if there are any clouds in the sky
- There are plenty of cabs waiting outside in case you’ve imbibed too much.
Click here for more information about Mount Vernon Estates and the Wine Festival.
Don’t forget to get a photo with George and Martha Washington:
I realize there’s a photo missing ~ seems we neglected to take photos at one of the festivals. Guess we were too busy enjoying the evening! At least that’s the story I’m sticking with…