You’re not going to want to miss one of the biggest Smith Mountain Lake events! The Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival (or SML Wine Festival) is one of the most anticipated annual events around the lake. There will be 29 wineries participating in the festival, as well as 85 craft and food vendors. In 2016, over 10,000 visitors attended this fun festival and we are expecting just as many to attend this year! Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival 2017 takes place September 23 and 24 at the Crazy Horse Campground. From the live bands to the wine, the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival is sure to be an amazing event!
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Find Out About the Vendors at the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival
With 29 wineries showing their stuff at the festival, it’s hard to narrow down which to try! Here are three of our favorite wineries coming to the SML Wine Festival.
Beliveau Estate Winery and Recreational Venue
The Beliveau Estate Winery has one simple goal: to make great wine! This boutique winery has won multiple wine awards as well as being voted the 2013 Silvery Best Winery by the readers of Blue Ridge Country Magazine. If you’re lucky, Beliveau will have one of their award-winning wines available to taste or purchase at the festival. Try 2013 Portal, the red zinfandel that won the winery the gold medal!
Peaks of Otter Winery
This family-owned winery is the first in Virginia to make fruit wines and the oldest in Bedford. Peaks of Otter creates quirky fruit wines, like the Cherry Cheese Cake, which is a light apple-cherry wine. The Blueberry Muffin is another great option! It is said to have been Mark Twain’s favorite. It’s a light apple and blueberry wine that is perfect on a hot day.
Chateau Morrisette has a diverse range of wines, with reds, whites, and fruit varieties available. No matter your preference, they will have something to suit your palate. Try Our Dog Blue, a semi-sweet Riesling blend that scored 95 points at the 2015 San Diego International Wine Competition. For something a little richer, try The Black Dog, their most popular red wine blend. It’s a bit spicy and goes perfectly with hors d’oeuvres.
Enjoy the Live Music at the SML Wine Festival
While the wine is the star of the show at the SML Wine Festival 2017, there will be three fantastic bands featured during the weekend. Barefoot West and Fuzzy Logic will be playing on Saturday. Fuzzy Logic combines groovalistic funk, country-fried rock, and soul music to make the perfect blend of smooth music. Barefoot West has more of an acoustic sound, with influences from classic Americana, rock, and soul. On Sunday, festival-goers will listen to Hip Pocket Band, which plays an eclectic range of music that’s sure to get the party going!
Return to a Beautiful Home from Premier Vacation Rentals
To stay in luxury during the P, stay in a beautiful property from Premier Vacations Rentals. Bernard’s View Point is just a six-minute drive from the festival grounds on Crazy Horse Marina. This condo has two bedrooms and two bathrooms and sleeps four comfortably. This condo also offers full amenities at no extra cost! These include tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pool, a fitness center, a racquetball court, and several beaches all within walking distance. There’s no better place to stay on the lake! Search all of our properties and book your stay today! We look forward to having you.