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New signs direct visitors to Virginia’s wine region

The new signs were unveiled in a ceremony today.

Doug Flemer, owner of Ingleside Winery, this morning hosted the unveiling of American Viticultural Area signs of Virginia.

The signs are part of a new Virginia wine region program aimed at steering more visitors to the state’s wine regions and vineyards. They’ll tell travelers on selected primary and secondary roads that they’ve entered a particular Virginia American Viticultural Area or wine region.

During the ceremony, Del. Margaret Ransone, Sen. Richard Stuart, Diane Bechamps, vice president of marketing for the Virginia Tourism Corp., and Todd Haymore, Virginia’s Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, spoke in support of Virginia’s growing tourism industry.

Tourism ranks third in Virginia for industry, according to Bechamps, who said Virginia wines are being offered in China and London.

The Northern Neck–George Washington Birthplace AVA includes Westmoreland, King George, Northumberland, Lancaster and Richmond counties. The area is known for wines made from Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc and Chambourçin grapes.

Two of the three signs were placed in King George County. Officials attending today’s ceremony included Nicole Thompson, director of economic development; Donita Harper, director of finance; and Ruby Brabo, supervisor.