James River Wine & Music Festival in Lynchburg Draws Hundreds

Lynchburg, VA - Lynchburg held its first ever James River Wine and Music Festival Saturday.

The rain held out for the event at Riverfront Park, drawing a crowd of hundreds.

Twelve local wineries were out giving samples of their wines. In all, there were 60 different wines to choose from. The event also featured live music from four bands.

"We want people to understand wine, understand how it pairs very well with food. And so it's a wonderful social opportunity to enjoy a homegrown product of Virginia," said festival producer Frank Britt.

Britt says they were close to selling out all the tickets for the event. He also says he hopes these tastings will educate people about Virginia's wine industry.

Virginia is the fifth largest wine grape producer in the country. Festival organizers say they'll definitely be back next year.