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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Popular wines made in Virginia under $20

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Varietals Produced in Virginia View all

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Bray Vineyards

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

  • Ingleside Vineyards

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

  • Barren Ridge Vineyards

    Located on the family’s former apple orchard, Barren Ridge Vineyards is now home to Augusta Cou...

  • Horton Vineyards

    Wine lover and entrepreneur Dennis Horton began his winemaking venture with a small home viney...

  • The Winery at La Grange

    Very rich in history and very rich in wine, the new Winery at La Grange opened September 2006 as ...

  • White Hall Vineyards

    White Hall Vineyards is a farm winery located just thirteen miles from historic Charlottesville, ...

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Virginia on Snooth

  • "I just come across that way online. I'm really a jerk in the real ... ... to poison me with some Virginia wine last month too. Read More

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  • Welcome to Virginia and also to Snooth!  I've only been in this forum for a few months but I've been learning quite a bit.  We came from California too (Redondo Beach back in 1991) and Virginia is just too nice to leave. Have you been up to northern Virginia and tried some of the wineries yet?  There are so many across the state but our favorite... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Last night we stopped by the two Crystal City (Virginia) Wine Shops for their free tastings.  The first shop on 12th street had three new wines from the old world - an Italian Veneto (I didn't like it), a Spanish Rose (just ok) and a French red blend (la pew).  We didn't buy any of those, but we did pick up another Rose called DMZ that's made fr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Tonight we had the pleasure of a wine club members-only dinner at the RdV winery in Delaplane, Virginia.  We enjoyed a clam and lobster bake along with beautiful weather an all the wine you wished to drink!  To top it all off, we were able to chat with a new Master Sommelier (Jarad Slipp) who was one of only a few to pass the exam this past May ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Why is Freemark Abbey even on the list? Is is 1976 again?LOL!  GregT only ... of the country. Producers in Virginia, New York, Texas, Maryland, New Mexico, Michigan, and Pennsylvania all found their way into our top 101.All said, I tend to find these "lists" hokey and horrible for the most part.  I guess I can say that I was surprised to find ... Read More

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  • EM - I still have a few of the Ridge wines left, sitting in my rack where I ... the back roads in Northern Virginia.  We ended up in Remington VA for lunch and since it was the high 90's and lots of humidity out here, I had a beer (Killian's Irish Red) with my hot dog.  Then I went over to Tom's store to assemble another bookshelf before we wa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • DM - Thanks for the info on the Claret wines - I heard something similar to ... of the wine tours we had in Virginia (it was likely to have been Linden).  And that Navarro is quite nice.  We found that winery on our first tour of Somona / Napa / Anderson Valleys back in 2012 (http://www.bigal-computers.net/wine-country.php).  The owner gave us... Read More

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  • Oh, a Claret.  I've had a few of those Claret wines, and they've ... ... from Linden Vineyards in Virginia, but we drank it.  We still have a 2009 Hardscrabble from Linden Vineyards though.  http://www.virginiawinetime.com/tag/linden-vineyard Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Thanks Samorain, we have our moments. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Virginia Wine in Santa Rosa


  • Hi outthere,I see your post (Jun 24) it nice. And nice your all wine picture.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Virginia Wine in Santa Rosa


  • 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

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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!

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  • 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!

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