At the end of the month, one of Smith Mountain Lake’s most anticipated annual events will celebrate one of its proudest milestones. The Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival turns 25 this fall and what may be more impressive than its longevity is how successful it has become in a place most would consider to be well out of the way where wine events are concerned.
Twenty-five years ago, the SML wine festival was born out of an everyday conversation between lake locals. It started simple, as a one-day event with ten wineries and 800 in attendance. A quarter of a century later, the small occasion has developed into a two-day festival which will feature 27 Virginia wineries, 85 craft and food vendors and live music. For more information, visit smlwinefestival.com or read the latest Laker Magazine highlight of the upcoming attraction.