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About the Virginia Wine Board – State
Created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1984 as part of Virginia's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Virginia Wine Board is appointed by the Governor and promotes the interests of vineyards and wineries in the Commonwealth through research, education and marketing. The Board fulfills the following duties.
• Receives funding from the Virginia Wine Promotion Fund and dispenses it for wine-related projects and initiatives.
About the Virginia Wine Marketing Office (WMO) – State
Funded through the Virginia Wine Board, the Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office handles the board's education and marketing efforts on behalf of all Virginia wineries. The office manages the development and execution of a continuous and integrated marketing program, which focuses on advertising, public relations and promotions. Collectively the efforts communicate a clear and positive message on Virginia wines, encourage visits to the state wineries and help increase sales of Virginia wine.
About the Virginia Winery Distribution Company – Non-profit 501(c)(6)
Established in 2008, the Virginia Winery Distribution Company (VWDC) is a non-profit, non-stock corporation created by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) to provide wholesale wine distribution services for Virginia farm wineries. Many wineries in the Commonwealth use VWDC to distribute and personally deliver their wines to local retailers.
About the Virginia Wineries Association (VWA) – Non-profit 501(c)(6)
Formed in 1983, the Virginia Wineries Association (VWA) grew out of the desire by owners of Virginia wineries to create a wine community that shared ideas and resources to the benefit of everyone in the Virginia wine industry. As a non-profit trade organization, the VWA advocates on behalf of the industry in a number of areas.
About the Virginia Vineyards Association (VVA) – Non-profit 501(c)(6)
The Virginia Vineyards Association began in 1979 as a joint effort among Virginia viticulturists, wineries and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to oversee and promote the following areas of mutual interest.
• The viticultural interests of Virginia
• Growth of commercial grape growing as a major component of Virginia agriculture
• Cultivation of all species of grapes
• Public recognition of products made from Virginia grapes
• Establishment and maintenance of mutually beneficial relationships with local, state and federal government agencies
• Free exchange of information and ideas with professional and amateur enthusiasts
About the Virginia Wine Council (VWC) – Non-profit 501(c)(6)
In 2008 Virginia's wine industry formed the Virginia Wine Council (VWC) - a strong coalition of Virginia's wineries, vineyards, the Virginia Wineries Association, the Virginia Vineyards Association, wine trails throughout the state, and individual supporters. The VWC was formed to provide wineries, vineyards, and state and local governments with a resource to assist in developing local ordinances and state legislation that draws the appropriate balance between the reasonable business activities of wineries and the appropriate level of regulation to protect the health, safety, and welfare of visitors and neighboring landowners.