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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Vidal Blanc

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

  • 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

  • Jefferson Vineyards

    Winery is founded in 1773. Thomas Jefferson and Mazzrei started with 400 acres, they planted vine...

  • Barboursville Vineyards

    Defying the unanimous advice of government officials, land owners, and bankers to plant tobacco a...

  • Ingleside Vineyards

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

  • Prince Michel Vineyards

    Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery is located in "the heart of Virginia wine country", 35 minutes ...

  • Blenheim Vineyards

    Established in 2000 by owner Dave Matthews (* Yes: THAT Dave Matthews), Blenheim Vineyards is a f...

  • 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

  • Yes, excellent review.  It's nice to hear you were finally adopted ... ... food over here in Virginia.  There are a few places but you really have to look for the Read More

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  • Grace Estate Winery Petit Verdot 2012

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    Bold, jammy, leathery with blackberry and cigarbox notes. Aged 16 months in a mix of French and American notes. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Grace Estate Winery le Gras Baril 2012

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    30% Malbec, 30% Petit Verdot, 40% Cabernet Franc, this blend lets the lesser stars of Bordeaux shine. Aged 16 months in a mix of new and neutral oak. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Grace Estate Winery Merlot 2012

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    Lightly tannic, supple mouthfeel. Rich cigarbox aromas intertwined with black cherry and cocoa. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Grace Estate Winery Cabernet Franc 2012

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    Great varietal character and balance with cherry, peppercorn, and tobacco notes. Aged 11 months in 40% new French oak. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Grace Estate Winery le Gras Cuve 2012

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    Lightly sweet, orangey and honeyed blend. 90% Vidal Blanc, 10% Petit Manseng. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Grace Estate Winery Chardonnay 2013

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    Full flavor with vanilla and tree fruits. Great mouthfeel. Aged in 20% new steam-bent oak, ensuring no heavy toasted notes. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Grace Estate Winery Viognier 2013

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    Light and crisp for a Viognier. Stainless steel aged. Less than robust palate. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • King Family Vineyards Loreley 2013

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    Late harvest Petit Manseng dessert wine made in vin de paille "straw wine" style. Floral and tangerine notes. Balanced sweetness. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • King Family Vineyards Petit Verdot 2012

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    Full, lush, and velvety. Aged 22 months in French oak. Woody and plummy notes. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


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

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  • 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!

    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!

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