Vote Today and Bring LOVE to a Virginia Winery this October

by Dave Neudeck | Posted on September 21st, 2011

Love Artwork at a Virginia Welcome Center

Love Artwork at a Virginia Welcome Center

Update: Congratulations to Blenheim Vineyards – winner of the Bring LOVE to Your Winery vote. Thank you to all the wineries who nominated their business as part of this fun promotion. Facebook friends be sure to show these folks the LOVE and visit their wineries for October Virginia Wine Month and throughout the year.

More details on www.Virginia.org/wine. Look for the LOVE at Blenheim in October!

See the results below.


The Virginia Tourism Corporation is out to prove that love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation especially during October Virginia Wine Month.

Twenty-three Virginia wineries self-nominated themselves for the Bring LOVE to Your Winery event, where VTC will display our giant LOVE artwork at one winery during October. Which winery is up to you so vote TODAY!

Visitors will be encouraged to take a picture in front of the artwork and share it on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/VirginiaisforLovers or on Twitter, using the special hashtag #LOVEVA.

See the list below of the wineries who nominated themselves for the Bring LOVE to Your Winery event. Vote for your favorite but hurry – the vote closes at 5 pm. VTC will install the artwork at the winning winery where it will be on display throughout October Virginia Wine Month. Go to Virginia.org to learn more about Virginia’s nearly 200 wineries and wine travel in Virginia.

Update: Poll Closed at 5:00pm Sept 21, 2011


Poll Results:

King Family Vineyards: 32 votes

West Wind Farm Vineyard & Winery: 397

Weston Farm Vineyard & Winery: 5

Sans Soucy Vineyards: 384

Philip Carter Winery: 12

Jefferson Vineyards: 18

Hickory Hill Vineyards: 23

Attimo Winery: 5

Doukenie Winery: 23

Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery: 26

Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery: 181

Lost Creek Winery: 7

Zephaniah Farm Vineyard: 4

DuCard Vineyards: 140

29 Vines: 58

White Rock Vineyards & Winery: 11

Saude Creek Vineyards: 71

Rebec Winery: 42

Pearmund Cellars: 28

Bluemont Vineyard: 37

Chatham Vineyards: 275

Blenheim Vineyards: 3,134

CrossKeys Vineyards: 8

Plan a visit to one of these wineries and other great Virginia wineries at Virginia.org/wine or try our interactive map to find a winery nearby any desitnation in Virginia at Virginia.org/fallmap

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77 Comments

Marcie C says:

I can speak with some authority on the fact that the winery in question with the large number of votes is not actually cheating. In any way. Don’t accuse without proof!

lightyear says:

Lot’s of Dave Matthews fans out there voting!

Jay Williams says:

It’s really strange that one of the wineries is getting so many votes so, so fast! Especially weird compared to the other vote totals. If the artwork ends up there we’re all gonna have to wonder.

Britt says:

Not strange. It’s owned by Dave Matthews, a famous musician who posted it on facebook to all of his fans…. millions of fans.

Allison says:

Never underestimate the power of DMB fans… especially when it comes to love~

Gina says:

Could not have said it better myself.

IndyCornbread says:

LoVE indeed!!

Will FC says:

Is it not fishy that one winery has 10x the votes of everyone else? It’s not that hard to mask an IP address to vote…just sayin.

Nikki says:

One vineyard has all the votes bc it is DAVE MATTHEWS Vineyard and he has alot of fans!

Vino says:

I call shenanigans.

Nicole says:

It’s not one IP address. Blenheim is Dave Matthews’ new winery and we, his fans, are trying to help out.

Jamie krueger says:

If u know wines then u know that the winery u speak about cheating in the contest is owned by a very famous band DMB that promoted this voting poll on thier Facebook page!!!

Michele says:

No one is cheating with IPs (at least not in the amount you are assuming – I’m sure it’s possible that a few people have tried that with several of the wineries listed)…it’s just that Blenheim Winery is the home of Dave Matthew’s new “Dreaming Tree” wine – and he (and the DM band) has a MASSIVE and HUGELY loyal following of hundreds of thousands of loving and adoring fans.

DMB fans are loyal and passionate to a fault and run to help any cause associated with Dave Matthews. :)

So while there may be a few that cheat, it’s the DMB community in large that is coming out to support someone who has made a difference in their lives.

Britt says:

This winery is just Dave’s own winery, Dreaming Tree is based in California.

Lori says:

It’s not fishy when it’s Dave Matthew’s vineyard. He has our support.

Claudette says:

It helps when your winery is co-owned by Dave Matthews :)

Ash says:

Actually it’s not fishy at all, Dave Matthews Band plugged this vineyard and they have 2.5 million fans backiing them!!

Dan says:

Not really – they’re just proactive about getting the word out and have a tons of supporters based on who the owner is.

Unloving says:

Exactly! LOVE needs to figure out how to run a contest before offering a contest. People know how to cheat the system…I can vote over and over and over again. What’s fair in that?

Jasmin says:

The winery with the most votes put a link on Facebook asking fans to vote for it. Dave Matthews has no reason to sit on his computer and vote for his own winery. Probably doesn’t have that sort of time, either…

Joe says:

It’s not fishy when that winery is owned by Dave Matthews and put a message out on his Facebook page to vote for it.

Karen says:

I’ve read so much misinformation on these postings, it’s a shame. Here are some facts as I know them:

1. Yes – Dave Matthews of the Dave Matthews Band owns Blenheim Vineyards in VA
2. LoVE is a huge “movement” so to speak of the fans of the band. They are passionate and dedicated and loyal and MANY have visited the vineyard and order wine through the website.
3. It would reason that if their fans of the band, they would likely buy the products associated with Dave and the band.
4. Dreaming Tree Wines is a new LINE of wines out of California with “vineyard guru”, Steeve Reeder. It is not associated with Blenheim at all other than both having the connection to Dave Matthews.

Dawn says:

Hi Will…the votes are for real. It is all about marketability. If you knew who owned the winery, then maybe you would understand why it is getting so many votes.

NG says:

That’s what happens when dave matthews band fans get together and vote for something they LoVE!! :)

gina says:

that’s right!!!;)

Ashley says:

Or maybe said winery has a lot of support. :)

Dave says:

Will – We are monitoring the vote and everything appears legit. Blenheim is really getting the word out to their fans and people in their community to vote. It’s not too late for others to do the same. Voting runs through 5pm today. Dave

Britt says:

The one that has 10% more votes is owned by a famous musician. Therein lies your reason, not because people are cheating. All of his fan’s are voting.

Nancy says:

Will, the winery with 10x the votes belongs to Dave Matthews (yes, of the ultra famous, globally touring Dave Matthews Band). A lot more people are familiar with that vineyard than the others. It’s likely that some of the other vineyards on the list are only known regionally, in which case it’s great advertising for them to appear on the same list as the Matthews’ winery. Assuming that everyone who voted had to read the list of names to find the winery they were looking for, then even the people who voted for the most famous winery had to read almost to the very bottom of the list. I think whoever programmed the poll did that on purpose :)

Audra Repass says:

West Wind Farm Vineyard & Winery is my pick! Always!

Agree completely with you Audra!

kaesiri says:

my sister had a beautiful outdoors in Boyce Virginia!!

Allison says:

I would come down from PA to see the LoVE brought to Blenheim!

Sandy says:

My son, Matt and lovely fiance, Erica are getting married at Prince Michel in Sept 2012!

Mary G says:

Not a very good job, none of the four wineries I would have voted for are on the list, so I didn’t vote. Poor job in marketing.

Cameron says:

Mary, Just so you’re aware of how it worked: this promotion went out to all wineries in the state who subscribe to the free tourism blasts.

Apparently, these are the 23 wineries who jumped to put their hats in the ring. All of these wineries are working their hardest to cross-promote with our state’s tourism department (one of the top in the country). What you see among this list of wineries are a few biggies and those who are more invested in cross-marketing because many of us are smaller mom and pop owner/winemaker establishments where the owner is the one who makes all of the decisions due to the boutique nature of our wineries and minimal marketing budgets.
At our winery, we saw the huge potential of this neat promotion and immediately responded, hence we’re #4 on the list. Perhaps you should visit some of these guys- you may find a real gem or two among them. If you come see us, be sure to tell us who you are. (It’ll be one of 3 people in the tasting room because like I said, we’re a boutique family winery!) I’ll buy you a glass because I’m happy to see you care about the state’s greatest tourism asset- the wineries! Cheers!

David M says:

Hi Mary G – it’s not poor marketing – the wineries all self-nominated. If your four aren’t on there, it’s because they didn’t nominate themselves. Therein lies the marketing shortfall.

Jamie krueger says:

What David said!!!!

Hi Mary, please note that this opportunity was offered to all the wineries across the state. Twenty-three nominated themselves for this vote contest. The whole point is to showcase wine travel in Virginia and promote October Virginia Wine Month which is right around the corner. I’m sure your favorite wineries probably had too much on their plate to nominate themselves at this time.