The Spotsylvania County Visitors Center has become the third visitors center in the Commonwealth of Virginia to sell unopened, locally-produced wines in its gift shop. The move is an effort to support local wineries and provide a convenience to guests and local residents.
The Visitors Center will carry a small selection of wines from Spotsylvania wineries, including Eden Try Estate Winery, Lake Anna Winery, Mattaponi Winery, Wilderness Run Vineyards and Bacchus Winery. Prices range from $18 to $36 per bottle and are the same prices available at the wineries.
The Spotsylvania Visitors Center underwent a stringent state application, review and licensing process in order to obtain the Alcohol Beverage Control license, which also covers the sale of unopened beer on the premises. That option may be available in the future on a limited basis.
“The local wine industry is an important component of Spotsylvania's tourism industry," says Lindsay Leach, Spotsylvania County Community Engagement & Tourism Manager. "Offering these locally-produced wines in our Visitors Center is just another way we can support our local businesses while also encouraging guests to help make Spotsylvania a top tourist destination.”
Wine accessories will also be available, such as glasses, wine charms, cheese boards, Virginia peanuts, local jams, honeys and wine stoppers.
The Spotsylvania County Visitors Center is located at 4704 Southpoint Parkway and is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It houses the Spotsylvania Tourism Department and offers information on local attractions, souvenirs, Virginia is for Lovers merchandise, local and state maps, as well as historical information.
The visitors centers located in Halifax County and the city of Winchester are the only two other localities licensed by the state to sell wine and beer.
More information on Spotsylvania Tourism efforts and attractions can be found at VisitSpotys.com or by following @VisitSpotsy on Facebook and Instagram.