Each year the SMLRCC Executive Committee looks for ways to improve and enhance the guest experience at the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival. The decision to elevate the festival was an easy decision for the committee to make. Relocating the event to a premier waterfront resort, adding national and regional touring bands and reducing the number of tickets sold will make this festival a can’t-miss event! With an extra year of planning, the Chamber has taken time to focus on every detail to create an unparalleled experience.
With the move to beautiful Mariners Landing, a true VIP experience awaits. VIP ticket holders will enjoy:
- A dedicated entrance that leads directly into the festival
- Access to our VIP lounge area with indoor and outdoor seating
- Entrance to a special area to best view the stage
- Gourmet meals catered by Chef Bruno Silva and his staff at the award-winning The Landing Restaurant
- Complimentary beer and wine
- Private indoor restrooms
2022 Festival FAQs
With the move to Mariners Landing resort in Huddleston, Virginia, the logistical operations of the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival have been adjusted. We are creating an elevated event with an amazing waterfront location and superior music, food, wine and artisan vendors. Capacity will be limited for this highly anticipated festival so we strongly recommend you purchase tickets in advance.
I already purchased tickets for 2021. What should I do?
All tickets already purchased will be honored on the new dates, so we encourage you to hold onto them as we expect the 2022 Wine Festival to be a sell out! Ticket holders may also request a refund (minus service fees charged by the ticketing company) by emailing [email protected].
Does my ticket include wine tasting?
Festival admission incudes a complimentary wine glass. You are welcome to sample wines from all participating wineries. Once you’ve found your favorites, we encourage you to purchase wine to enjoy throughout the day and additional bottles to take home.
Will there be food vendors?
Yes, the Mariners Landing restaurants lead by Chef Bruno Silva will provide multiple sites with a wide variety of food options. In addition, specialty food vendors will be participating in the festival.
Is wine pickup available?
Yes, wine pick up will be conveniently located on the way back to the parking area.
What are the hours of the festival?
Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Is the festival 21 and over?
Do I need to print my tickets?
You may print your ticket to present at the gate. You may also show them on your mobile device.
Do you offer refunds?
Refunds will not be issued. Please be aware the festival is a rain or shine event.
Are masks required?
Per VDH and CDC guidelines, masks will only be required for attendees who are not fully vaccinated. This is subject to change.
How much does it cost to park?
Automobile and golf cart parking is FREE for all ticket holders. For those who prefer to boat to the festival, there are also a limited number of day docks available to rent, which you may do when you purchase tickets.
Do I have to walk from the parking area to the venue?
You may walk if you prefer, but shuttles will be running on a regular schedule throughout the day.
Is there a discounted designated driver ticket?
No. All tickets are general admission.
Are pets allowed?
Are bags allowed?
Yes. However, please be aware that all bags will be subject to search upon entry. No firearms are permitted.
Are chairs, tents or canopies allowed?
No. This year’s festival will include multiple outdoor seating areas with chairs provided, as well as 7,000 square feet of indoor (air conditioned) space open to all attendees. So bring those blankets, but please leave the chairs, umbrellas, tents and canopies at home.
Are coolers allowed?
Do I have to bring a photo ID?
Yes! Virginia law requires us to check the ID of everyone who enters the festival, regardless of age. Don’t forget your photo ID!
If the festival rain or shine?
Yes. Please dress appropriately and be aware umbrellas are not allowed.
Are overnight accommodations available?
Yes! Smith Mountain Lake offers multiple lodging options on and off water.
Where can I get more information on Smith Mountain Lake?
The Smith Mountain Lake region is filled with on-water and off-water adventures, including boating, fishing, hiking, golf and sites of historical significance. We encourage you to visit our comprehensive website at VisitSmithMountainLake.com.
We’re also happy to mail you a FREE copy of the official Smith Mountain Lake Visitor Guide or you may read it online in digital format. Either way, click here!
The first Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival took place in 1989 on the grounds of The Manor at Taylor’s Store B&B near Burnt Chimney. The event was the brainchild of Taylor’s Store owner Lee Tucker and Phil Hager, a local insurance agent and wine enthusiast.
Both men were frustrated with the lack of access to Virginia wine in the area. Hager, an active member of the organization that would become the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, also was looking for ways to bring more visitors to the lake area after the traditional tourist season ended.
Over the past 30+ years, the festival has grown from a relatively intimate gathering into Smith Mountain Lake’s largest and most popular annual event. The early years featured a grape-stomping booth and educational talks about wine tasting, drew crowds of 800-1,200, and barely broke even.
The Chamber took over the festival in 1992 and moved it to Bernard’s Landing, a more spacious and scenic venue right on the shores of Smith Mountain Lake. When space became an issue again the event moved to LakeWatch Plantation. In 2016, the 50th anniversary of SML, it found a new home at Crazy Horse Marina. In 2020, Mariners Landing Resort will host the Wine Festival, which is now the Chamber’s largest non-dues fundraiser with proceeds used to grow and develop programs to promote tourism and business in the lake region. It takes year-round planning by a dedicated corps of staff members and volunteers to pull off an event with such complicated logistics. Awesome wine, craft and food vendors and amazing music and breathtaking views of Smith Mountain Lake makes for the perfect way to spend a fall afternoon. We have a great time while getting the job accomplished. In 2019, we had 300 volunteer positions filled over the two-day event. Unfortunately, in 2020 and 2021, the event was cancelled due to COVID-19.