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...

  • 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...

  • Vidal Blanc

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

  • Merlot

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

Subregions of Virginia

Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Gray Ghost Vineyards

    Gray Ghost, a family owned and operated winery, is placing Virginia on the international wine map...

  • Peaks of Otter Winery

    Located at the foot of the Peaks of Otter and near the National D-day Memorial. Our ancestors set...

  • Dye's Vineyards

    Rural Retreat Winery & Vineyards, LLC purchased Dye's Vineyards Feb 2007. Dye's previously had be...

  • AmRhein's Wine Cellar

    We are one of Virginia’s family owned and operated wineries. Our wines have won numerous awards a...

  • Chateau Morrisette

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

  • Young's Vineyard

    Young's is one of the first vineyards you come to after turning onto Shenandoah Road in Plymouth....

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Virginia on Snooth

  • Thanks guys.  We certainly had a great time at the B & B.  As a ... more oysters available in Virginia at this hour.  We sure have been eating quite a few of them lately.Tonight Sandra and I polished off this St. Francis 2009 Petit Sirah.  A most enjoyable wine and highly recommended to the forum members.  Earlier today I was doing my cat thin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Finally getting some pictures posted from our B&B getaway last Wednesday ... the Northern Neck region of Virginia (Ingleside Vineyards and The Hague Winery), and then did another winery associated with the B & B (Dog & Oyster Vineyard) before coming back home on Friday.  We had two very nice evenings at the Hope & Glory Inn located in Irvingto... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • We were in a tour group when we stopped at Prince Michel; the wine was decent ... wineries to visit here in Virginia I don't know when we'll stop again.  That mustiness is something I definitely don't want in a cab franc. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Fox, no dessert wine? Nothing to match up with the food or just had enough ... ... ... Michel Cab Franc.For a Virginia cab franc, this is not bad. Not much on the nose, maybe a hint of red cherry. On the palate a bit one dimensional but there is some slightly watered down ripe red cherry and a touch of strawberry. Good thing is that there is ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Prince Michel Cabernet Franc 2010


    For a Virginia cab franc, this is not bad. Not much on the nose, maybe a hint of red cherry. On the palate a bit on dimensional but there is some slightly watered down ripe red cherry and a touch of strawberry. There is none of the mustiness a lot of VA cab francs have, light on the tannins, medium light on acid and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • I believe we do.  I don't pay much attention to what candies are available out here in Virginia though, because I hardly eat any.  Smarties are similar to Sweet Tarts in some ways, but you could crunch through a roll of Smarties in no time.  If you tried that with a roll of Sweet Tarts your mouth would be so dried out it would hurt. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Secret Santa 2015

  • Well, someone should have received their wine today, but they weren't home ...  This at least works in Virgini Read More

    Forum post in the topic Secret Santa 2015

  • Tonight I attended our second tasting of Chilean wines at the Crystal City Wine ... Wine Shop in Crystal City, Virginia.  This was a special tasting of wines from the Botalcura Winery in Santiago, Chile - special because the Winemaker Philippe Dubrus was there to introduce the wines.  That's me in a selfie with him below.  This winery has been ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Chilean Wines - Have you...

  • Another Cat Tuesday for me.  This one was special though, as I helped a ... to Jaleos in Crystal City Virginia for some tapas food before heading back home to Springfield. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Château Morrisette Chardonnay Blend Sweet Mountain Laurel NV


    I just uncorked my first bottle by this winery and had a glass of this Sweet Mountain Laurel variety with my late lunch of crackers, brie, and fig preserves. This winery is not many miles from my home here in the hills of the Blue Ridge and what a delightful neighbor to have! I just love it (and that's saying a LOT). This reminds me of my favo... Read More

    Wine review by Sarah Kate

  • Who is going to the Smithfield Wine and Brewfest?

    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 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. 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: 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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