Montgomery County wants more attention focused on its wineries, and is asking the federal government to expand a special designation, to include one more county vineyard.
The American Viticultural Area or AVA, is a specific label given to wine grapes grown on very distinct land. Ric Obiso is a co-owner of Attimo Winery in Christiansburg. It's been in business since 20-11, and wants the AVA label on its' wine bottles. "[The region] is very dry', said Obiso 'and we're one of the driest counties in the state. The elevation is right, most of us are in a frost free zone for a number of growing days to grow grapes for good quality grapes in the area."
Virginia has seven AVA's. The one in Montgomery County is made up of 2 wineries. The push is on to add Attimo to the group, and in the process, bring more tourism to the county.
The AVA label means at least 85 percent of the grapes used to make a wine, were grown in that exact sweet spot.