Virginia is home to more than 250 wineries, and there’s a Virginia wine for every taste and occasion. State law mandates that products sold as Virginia wine must be made with a percentage of Virginia-grown grapes or other fruits. Your Farm Bureau membership helps support laws and regulations that benefit the state’s wine industry. In recent years, Virginia Farm Bureau had a role in the following: • legislation creating the Virginia Wine Board; • support for the Virginia Farm Wineries and Vineyards Tax Credit; • establishment of the Virginia Winery Distribution Co., a nonprofit, non-stock corporation that provides wholesale wine distribution services for Virginia farm wineries; • support for Virginia wineries’ ability to ship wines directly to consumers; and •legislation preventing local zoning ordinances from discriminating against farm wineries and other farms with agritourism activities. Additionally, county Farm Bureau offices statewide have been serving as drop-off points for local wineries’ entries in the State Fair of Virginia’s 23rd annual Commercial Wine Competition . Virginia is ranked fifth nationwide for wine grape production.