Virginia Wine

 

It’s a little known fact that wines have been produced in the state of Virginia for centuries. Well, there was attempted production anyway. In the early 1600s, the settlers in British colonial Jamestown ventured to produce European grapes as a way of boosting the British economy to rival wines from France, Italy, and Germany. But they were unsuccessful in making them flourish due to various diseases and early onset of what was later identified as Phylloxera, the mites that decimated the world’s vines centuries later. Interest shifted to tobacco crops. In the 1770s, future president Thomas Jefferson attempted to grow vines at Monticello without much success, as did George Washington at Mount Vernon. By the mid 1800s, successful cultivation was possible working with indigenous North American grapes, though still never as popular as European ones. By the turn of the 20th century, grafting American to European root stock, the technique proven to ward off Phylloxera, came into practice Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Virginia View all

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Vidal Blanc

    Vidal Blanc has proven to be amongst the versatile varietals in North American viticulture. In Canadian vineyards, th...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Oak Crest Vineyard & Winery

    A Long time effort by the Conrad Brandts family culminated in the opening of Oak Crest Winery in...

  • Chateau Morrisette

    Chateau Morrisette Winery is one of Southwest Virginia's premier destinations for award-winning w...

  • Valhalla Vineyards

    Valhalla was conceived as a vineyard and winery to allow us to strive for perfection. Is there an...

  • Ingleside Vineyards

    Ingleside Vineyards is nestled in the narrowest point of land between the Rappahannock and Potoma...

  • Bray Vineyards

    Bray Vineyards is located in the heart of California’s Shenandoah Valley appellation. The Shenan...

  • Veritas Vineyard & Winery

    "Veritas Winery, a family business owned by Andrew and Patricia Hodson,opened for business in Jun...

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Virginia on Snooth

  • Ixsir Rose Altitudes 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Had this with lunch at Mercat Bistro about a month ago. Completely lovely. Soft, with bits of peach, ripe grapefruit, and strawberry, along with almond and baking spices. Creamy and lush in the mouth. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • I think we only had to cancel a tasting room in McMinnville, Oregon. ... just ... ... just before returning to Virgini Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines


  • We've filled out an inquiry on Kelly's web site asking about stopping ... of the bottles out here in Virginia but I doubt I'll find on Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines


  • We've tried several Malbec bottles in the $10-$20 price range and in ... ... Tyson's Corner mall of Virginia.  This was our second visit and we enjoyed it even more since we ordered a full bottle this time.  The appetizers are wonderful here and that's all we had on our first visit - as we had plans for dinner about four hours later that eveni... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • We are going to try for Stoller as the 2nd winery on the Sunday after Domaine ... ... just before returning to Virgini Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine tasting in Oregon...


  • V V - I joined the Scherrer wine newsletter to check them out.  Thanks for ... decent, plus a really bad Virginia wine made with Concord grapes that one lady did enjoy - the rest of us poured it out after a tast Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • I do recall, OT.  That was the first time I'd ever heard of that grape ... else?Your comment about the Virginia wineries searching for the right grape variety for their geography is similar to the comment that I have made about Temecula winerie Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • It wouldn't grow well here EMark. They grow it in Virginia because they can.  I remember our foray into Virginia wines at Stark's a few years back. Every winery seemed to have a Petite Manseng and a Viognier and seemed to still be looking for the right combination of grapes for their geography. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Tonight we are opening a second bottle of wine because it's Super Tuesday ... ... being decided, including Virginia.  Sandra and I both voted earlier this afternoon, doing what is necessary to stop Mr. T.  In any case, it was also Cat Tuesday (more important to me than Super Tuesday) and this sweet girl is called Belle.  She is a calico mix an... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • To cap off another day of 'Cat Tuesday', where this silly kitty called ... ... this afternoon here in Virginia. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Who is going to the Smithfield Wine and Brewfest? http://www.virginiawinelovermag.com/Virginia-Wine-Festivals-Events/index.php/name/Smithfield/event/7712/

    Comment by 1490321Michael Jay 1490321 Michael Jay


  • Hume Vineyards 2010 Chambourcin - recently did a comparison of the 09 and 10 - both very good, but the 2010 is more complex and fruit forward. Great wine. Hume is producing some of the best wine in Northern Virginia. 2010 Rose is also a nice summertime drink

    Comment by 601501madisondj 601501 madisondj


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  • Mark your calendar for the Wine Festival at Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia. Enjoy the splendor of spring while tasting Virginia’s best selection of wines at the home of Thomas Jefferson. Saturday, May 14, 2011, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Visit www.monticello.org/winefestival for more information!

    Comment by 719670LisaVA 719670 LisaVA


  • Or, in order to prevent you from going blind due to my lack of formatting: you can just click over to the main forum to read the original post, in all of its... formatted glory. http://www.snooth.com/talk/topic/more-great-news-from-virginia/ixzz1E468C26z/ Apologies, Chip

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • [Repost] Virginia Governor Robert McDonald has been incredibly bullish and aggressive (good things) regarding the future of Virginia wine making and its surrounding agritourism potential for the Commonwealth. This new legislation is just another example of his policy directly promoting the expansion of wine production from the Cardinal's Commo...

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • Ok, since I can no longer send out announcements, I'll leave this message here instead. You can read the entire message (with links to key sources) here on the forums: http://www.snooth.com/talk/topic/kluge-going-under/#ixzz14Fnx5mnj The biggest non-surprise to those who know the first thing about Virginia wines has finally made itself appare...

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • I have to see this thing. Here's the link to the first trailer. It is worth a watch for all wine fans and the film itself looks incredibly intriguing. (The image contains the link to the film maker's website, where you can get all kinds of images and background info concerning the film.) "Vintage: The Winemaker's Year" Yea. Note the Vineya...

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • I updated some of the information regarding Pollak Vineyards & Winery, just fyi.

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • I was recently in VA for vacation and a friend brought home some Thibaut-Janisson Blanc de Chardonnay, Virginia Sparkling Wine and it was superb. I was very surprised to be tasting champagne quality wine from Virginia. It finished off nicely and was an excellent refreshing treat for summer. I'll definitely be ordering some Go VA!

    Comment by 563127socko33 563127 socko33


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