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Virginia Vinehopper Acts as Virtual Tour Guide of Breweries, Wineries

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The alcohol industry is booming in central Virginia. With dozens of new wineries and breweries popping up it can be hard to keep track, but now there's an app for that.

The Virginia Vinehopper app serves as a virtual tour guide. The app, founded by two University of Virginia Darden School of Business students, aims to make it easier for people to discover what Virginia has to offer.

From wineries and breweries to distilleries, the tasting options in central Virginia are practically endless.

"I always felt like there should be an easier way to find information about all those places,” said Kris Subhash, Virginia Vinehopper founder.

Subhash grew up in Virginia and felt the number of wineries and breweries were overwhelming. Now, he and his business partner Mike Rumbaugh have come up with a solution.

"What it allows you to do is see what's nearby. It gives you information about upcoming deals, events, information about wine tour companies,” said Subhash.

Now you're just a thumb's tap away from your next destination, and the hours, pet policies and events are all at your fingertips.

It's also good for wineries ready for booming business when the weekends roll around.

Places like Veritas Vineyard and Winery can appreciate the app. It makes it easier to guide their customers to their next stop.

"What our staff can do is say, ‘Hey, check out this app take a look you can see what they're doing,’ and they don't have to memorize it for every person,” said George Hodson, general manager at Veritas.

The app will provide for a much smoother tasting experience.

"People could go to all of the websites, they could go to 15 different websites and get that information. Instead they can go to a single app, open it up, and get all the information with the relevant places they want to go to,” said Hodson.

The app is free and available for both android and iPhones. So far there have been about 1,000 downloads.

For more information about the app, click here.

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