Raise a Glass to Renee Ventrice: A Visionary Leader in Wine Tourism and Hospitality

Renee Ventrice was chosen to be a speaker at the 2024 Wine + Culture Fest (WCF) in Washington DC.

We recognize the outstanding achievement of Renee Ventrice who was chosen to be a speaker at the 2024 Wine + Culture Fest (WCF) in Washington DC. The WCF was highlighted by Wine Enthusiast as one of the best wine festivals in America, according to Drink Pros.

Since becoming WSET2 certified in 2017, Renee has been lauded as a trailblazer in wine tourism and an award-winning leader in entrepreneurship. Ventrice built an international award-winning winery and brewery tour company, Cork and Keg Tours, with her husband, Don, in 2016. Her marketing acumen led to accolades including being the only Virginia tour company in the top ten USA Today Reader's Choice three years in a row, and a 2020 viral spotlight by Facebook (Meta) for Business with over 18 million views, that highlighted her wildly successful strategy to thrive despite 2020 shutdowns by leveraging community relationships. “I have always been an advocate for local businesses,” says Ventrice. “I saw an opportunity to leverage relationships in a way that no one else in our wine tourism community was doing, and it opened doors that I didn’t know existed.”

Ventrice took her passion for DC’s Wine Country in Loudoun County further into the international spotlight as the guest host and catalyst behind bringing the Taste Award-winning show, V is for Vino, to Virginia, and was also featured in United Airlines Hemispheres magazine. She continues her mission to foster industry and professional growth as a speaker for global organizations such as Arival and Salesforce and serves on the board of directors for Visit Loudoun and is an esteemed member of the Destination Experience Advisory Committee for Arival.

As a US Navy Veteran, it’s no surprise that Ventrice embodies the” high tide raises all ships” mentality that has to being named Loudoun County’s CTA (Certified Tourism Ambassador) of the Year, NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) Rising Star Entrepreneur of the Year award, and nominations for Small Business Owner of the Year by the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce and Veteran Business Owner of the Year by the Small Business Association, among other prestigious accolades for leadership in business.

Her journey is an inspiring story of perseverance, creativity and passion that has led to a successful second round as a marketing strategist and wine educator after selling Cork and Keg Tours in 2023. “Mentoring other entrepreneurs during the 2020 quarantine revealed my true calling to help others to succeed in entrepreneurship, and to express my desire to make wine accessible to everyone through unique wine pairing events. Being chosen as a speaker at the festival is an incredible chance to share how I pair wine with life in an all-inclusive manner.”

Ventrice currently hosts WineauxClock Culinary Experiences featuring international wineries and celebrity chefs to bring the wonders of wine to various audiences, including Loudoun Wine Nights in partnership with the Washington Dulles Airport Marriott. “This initiative allows locals to rediscover their backyard wine country and travellers to take Loudoun home when they discover a new favourite Virginia wine!”

About Renee Ventrice: Renee Ventrice is a US Navy veteran and a WSET2-certified wine educator. She founded Cork and Keg Tours in 2016 with her husband, Don, and led the company to international acclaim before selling it in 2023. Renee serves on the board of Visit Loudoun and the Destination Experience Advisory Committee for Arrival and was a mentor for the Loudoun Chamber Young Entrepreneur Academy. She is also a sought-after speaker for various tourism events and professional development consulting.

For more information, please visit www.reneeventrice.com

Media Contact:

Renee Ventrice

Founder, Chief Executive Wineaux 

WineauxClock Culinary Experiences

[email protected]



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