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

  • Vidal Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • James River Cellars

    Located in historic Hanover County in Glen Allen, Virginia, 10 miles North of Richmond, 10 miles ...

  • Peaks of Otter Winery

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

  • Oak Crest Vineyard & Winery

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

  • AmRhein's Wine Cellar

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

  • 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...

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Virginia on Snooth

  • Prince Michel Barrel Select Chardonnay Virginia 2010

    Snoothrank:

    Pretty darn good for Virginia chardonnay. Decent amount of creamy lemon, not overly oaked but there is some noticeable and low to medium acidity. The finish is short to medium in length. There are much better $20 Cali chards out there but for VA, worth the experience. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Yes, Virginia does have a nice collection of wineries to visit. Sarah, you appear to like sweet wines and I started out that way - specifically with plum wines from the grocery store.  Most Virginia wineries offer a sweet wine or two, generally as a desert wine.  What part of Virginia are you from?  I'm close to Washington DC, more specifically ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Just Li'l ol me :)


  • Let me add my welcome, Sarah Kate.  Muscadine is something that is pretty ... ... Forum participants from Virginia.  I'm sure that Really Big Al will be happy to jump in here and share his knowledge of Virginia wineries with yo Read More

    Forum post in the topic Just Li'l ol me :)


  • Welcome, Sarah, and it's good to see you getting so enthusiastic about ... ... of our board regulars are in Virginia, so perhaps they may pipe up with some to-the-point advice. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Just Li'l ol me :)


  • I used to think I just didn't like wine, but after finding one made from my ... since I live in the heart of Virginia wine country and am bloody surrounded by beautiful vineyards.  I've thought about going for wine tastings but I don't know anyone here to go with and I think I'd feel out of place since I'm a novice.I look forward to learning ..... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Just Li'l ol me :)


  • Breaux Vineyards Chere Marie 2012

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    One of my favorite Breaux wines. Suitable for any occasion. Read More

    Wine review by dissaann


  • EM - I understand what you mean about having the bottle for an evening as your ... have wine  bars here in Virginia and of course in Washington DC.  Even a Whole Foods in Fairlakes VA (about 20 minutes from here) has a nice wine bar upstairs.  They use those dispensing machines and you purchase some amount of money on a card that you then inse... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thursday Wine Discussions


  • Ah, a lazy Sunday at home.  Sandra just returned from Fredericksburg VA ... ... pouring a Bordeaux-style Virginia wine to complement it.  Life is good here in Northern Virginia tonight.  This wine was $21.95 about a year ago at a wine shop.  We have visited the winery however.The wine is very nice, but I suppose it could use another few years ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Sandra and I celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary last night in Washington ... a 1/2 dozen 'Olde Salt Virginia' raw oysters that we devoured with a tall glass of Prosecco.  That was followed by the Jumbo Alaskan King Crab served table-side and once we finished our Prosecco's, we had glasses of white wine to finish off the crab (Napa Chardon... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Horton Niagara White Usa Virginia NV

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    Delicious! Read More

    Wine review by Jillypooh82


  • 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!

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