7696 Sam Snead Highway
Long recognized for outstanding culinary offerings, The Omni Homestead Resort is adding to its portfolio with the Virginia Wine Experience. Located near the resort’s grand Dining Room, the Virginia Wine Experience focuses solely on the wines of the Commonwealth, showcasing the history of winegrowing in Virginia from the founding of Jamestown in 1607 through today.
Here, guests can select from distinct wine flights or wines by the glass at the Tasting Bar, with bottles available for purchase. Each month, a prominent Virginia winery will be profiled, and guests will have the opportunity to meet with the winery owner/vintner, attend a seminar or enjoy an exclusive, private dinner which will be complimented with wines from the featured winery.
The Virginia Wine Experience will be a permanent fixture at the resort with ongoing special events, educational seminars, and tastings of some of Virginia’s most limited and unique wines. Well-known wine industry executive Fred Reno, CEO & president of Thomas Jefferson Wine Company, has been retained as the consulting project manager to curate this new initiative and connect the resort with Virginia’s top wineries.
To celebrate the opening weekend of the Virginia Wine Experience, the resort welcomed Gabriele Rausse of Gabriele Rausse Winery. Known as the father of modern-day winemaking in Virginia, Rausse came to Virginia from his native Italy in 1976 and helped establish Barboursville Vineyards with Italy’s well-respected Zonin winegrowing family. Since then, he has been involved with numerous wineries in the Commonwealth and founded his namesake winery in 1997.
Monthly Wine Weekends
Each month, we will feature a different winery and the opportunity to learn more about the wines and vintners.
Meet and Greet: Visit the Virginia Wine Experience and meet the featured vintner. Guests may purchase a bottle of wine and have it signed and/or enjoy a tasting flight.
Talk and Taste with the vintner: This is a casual talk moderated by Fred Reno where the vintner talks about the winery and their wines followed by a question and answer session. Guests receive a glass of white wine and a glass of red wine.
Winemaker Dinner: Intimate five-course dinner with the winemaker where each course is thoughtfully paired with wines from the featured vintner.
Upcoming wine weekends:
May 13-14: Rosemont Vineyards, with Justin Rose, winemaker
June 17-18: DuCard Vineyards, with Scott Elliff, owner
July 15-16: Ankida Ridge, with Christine & Dennis Vrooman the owners/founders along with Stinson Vineyards' Nathan Vrooman and Rachel Stinson Vrooman. Nathan is the winemaker at Ankida Ridge, and he and Rachel are the winemaking team at Stinson Vineyards.
August 5-6: Williamsburg Winery, with Matthew Meyer, winemaker
September 16-17: Paradise Springs, with co-founders Kirk Wiles and his mother, Jane Kincheloe Wiles