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 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...

  • 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...

  • Viognier

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

Subregions of Virginia

Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • AmRhein's Wine Cellar

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

  • Bray Vineyards

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

  • Pearmund Cellars

    Voted Virginia's Favorite Winery in 2007, Pearmund Cellars is located in the beautiful foothills ...

  • Sugarleaf Vineyards

    Residing on a breathtaking estate, Sugarleaf Vineyards has evolved before our eyes into a mesmeri...

  • Tarara Winery

    At Tarara, we strive to cultivate wines that pour a classic taste of our surroundings into the gl...

  • Chateau Morrisette

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

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Virginia on Snooth

  • V V - That Cotes-du-Rhone wine does look tasty to me, and an excellent pairing ... same development in Northern Virginia.  We attended the matinee performance so of course we had to eat dinner.......and dinner was at Le Diplomate, over on 14th St. NW (Dupont Circle area in the district).  Our friends were driving this day and we were paying th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • This late afternoon we traveled to RdV Vineyards (the only winery we belong to in Virginia) for a vertical tasting of their top-of-the-line Lost Horizon wine.  It was a delightful experience, as we tasted the 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 vintages with a good selection of cheeses, salami, bread and crackers.  The owner (Rutger de Vink - RdV) was doi... Read More

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  • That's a relatively expensive Chardonnay V V.  I would like to try ... if I can find it out here in Virginia.EM knows I also enjoy the California cabs.  I bet at least 25% of our wine collection is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon or a blend where it's the primary varietal.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • V V - Sure, I've got your milk.  But alas, I used some of it in my ... ... and then opened a can of Virginia Peanuts and poured those into a couple of small dishes.  I took a dish and a glass up to my sweetie who is watching tennis and she gave me a very nice kiss for the surprise treat.  She said, "Oh, what an excellent pairing!".  &nbs Read More

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  • EM - That Pinot Noir looks very nice.  I shall look for a bottle out here ... hot one out here in Northern Virginia, but at least it didn't rain on us.  The previous night (Saturday) brought with it a big storm and we even had some hail.  No damage in our neighborhood but nearby people did lose power and some branches were down.  Anyway, we po... Read More

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  • Ah, this was a most excellent day, even though it just started raining here in Northern Virginia.  This morning we picked up my 2005 Fat Boy that Sandra bought me, so now I have three bikes in the garage in front of her Smart Car.  Tonight we're sampling two lovely Pinot Noirs, one from Chile and one from Oregon.  We've only tried one so far (th... Read More

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  • I bought some wine at Total Wine today, using their $15 coupon off a $100 ... ... are going to be in Northern Virginia at that time, give me a call (703) 501-4615.  I'll see if I can get you in.... : Read More

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  • Hofstatter Lagrein 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by ALICEPEARL


  • Ah, another weekend has arrived.  We are having beautiful weather out here in Northern Virginia lately and today is no exception.  It's in the high seventies / low eighties with minimal humidity, so you can be sure everyone is out and about.  We decided to head up to Reston VA and do a wine tasting at The Wine Cabinet.  We do like this wine shop... Read More

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  • Stinson Vineyards Rose 2014

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    Fruitier than past vintages but still with the slight smokiness that gives away its 100% Mourvedre composition. 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/

    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!

    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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