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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Varietals Produced in Virginia View all

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Viognier

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

  • Vidal Blanc

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

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Rockbridge Vineyard

    Rockbridge Vineyard is the fruition of Shepherd Rouse's dream to make fine wine in his native sta...

  • Veritas Vineyard & Winery

    "Veritas Winery, a family business owned by Andrew and Patricia Hodson,opened for business in Jun...

  • Oak Crest Vineyard & Winery

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

  • 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 ...

  • Naked Mountain Vineyard & Winery

    Naked Mountain now produces over 6000 cases a year and is open seven days a week. In order to mee...

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Virginia on Snooth

  • Proudly the most expensive wine in Virginia.  I'd voice my disdain for that sort of proclamation.  They need that kind of feedback.  There is an iconic BC blend from Mission Hill called "Oculus" that was $60-70 for the past six or seven years.  Suddenly, it's $100, because they want to expand the mid-range $50 blends.  I won't pay $100...ever, u... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Today is Sandra's 54th birthday - one more year until she can retire at 55 ... in the north-western part of Virginia.  The two wineries were Linden and then Chateau O'Brien.  Our favorite wine at Linden was their 2010 red wine called Hardscrabble ($$) and the favorite from Chateau O'Brien was the 2009 Northpoint Red Cellar Collection ($$$).  B... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • EM - Oh yes, it is very tasty to me.  I just pulled our lamb chops off the ... this rainy day in Northern Virginia (the rain stopped a bit ago so I didn't get wet).  Hmmmmmm........... : Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Ok, I tried the 2011 Penfolds 'Winemakers Selection' Shiraz / Cabernet ... in the Tyson's Mall of Virginia.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!

  • Damn, I had my heart set on a Virginia Cab tonight too. What to do. ;)  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine you will never buy again!

  • We've all bought a bottle of wine that turned out to be a bad procurement ... Tonight I decided to open a Virginia red wine that's been taking up space on my personal wine rack in our basement since we bought it at the winery.  It's been there over 2 years and I kept moving it around as I added newer bottles to the rack.  I somehow knew it was... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine you will never buy again!

  • Here's a great way to enjoy your grocery shopping trip (Wegmans near Potomac Mills in Virginia) - stop by a nice wine bar for an early dinner before heading over to buy enough food to get you through another week.  This afternoon, after watching our grand kids for about 3.5 hours, we dined at the Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar.  They had a ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • This is an interesting story with a happy ending.  We ordered three ... ... be delayed due to our warm Virginia summer weather.  We happily received our shipment about a week ago.  However, when my husband opened the FedEx box we were very surprised to discover three 2012 Masut Vineyard Pinot Noirs instead.  We belong to a couple of California... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Our lucky day

  • I've been doing the volunteer thing at the Wine in the Water Park events in ... hope it's not illegal in Virginia to use volunteers for these fun event Read More

    Forum post in the topic Another attack on wine...

  • V V - Yes, we were at the Afton Mountain Vineyards a few months ago (August) .../Virginia-Wine-2014.php  I had posted this in the 'Weekend Wines' thread.  It's too bad your bottle went bad; I always wonder how well the wine has been stored prior to when I purchase a bottle Read More

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  • Who is going to the Smithfield Wine and Brewfest?

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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 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!

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