ABINGDON, Va. -- Amy Corbett and her niece, Nicole Slavin, were looking for a place to visit halfway between the cities where they live. After this weekend, they say Abingdon may become an annual tradition.
"I think we kind of found our middle spot," said Slavin, of Pittsburgh, as the pair sampled wine from nine Southwest Virginia wineries Saturday during the Southwest Virginia Wine Festival.
"A friend of mine recommended here, and then we found out there was a wine tasting, and it just kept getting better and better," said Corbett, of Columbia, S.C., who said they'd also enjoyed Abingdon's brewery, restaurants and farmers market during their weekend visit.
The annual wine festival, held at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Gateway, featured wineries from around the region. This was the third year for the event.
As visitors sampled the wine -- and left with bags and cases of wine they'd purchased from the featured wine-makers -- the folks from the wineries said it was another great year for the Southwest Virginia Wine Festival.
"It's nice to see a crowd," said Bob Carlson, owner of Abingdon Vineyard & Winery, who helped to get the festival started three years ago and hopes to see it continue to grow. "We've had a good crowd this year."comments powered by Disqus