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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Oak Crest Vineyard & Winery

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

  • Naked Mountain Vineyard & Winery

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

  • Barren Ridge Vineyards

    Located on the family’s former apple orchard, Barren Ridge Vineyards is now home to Augusta Cou...

  • Valhalla Vineyards

    Valhalla was conceived as a vineyard and winery to allow us to strive for perfection. Is there an...

  • The Winery at La Grange

    Very rich in history and very rich in wine, the new Winery at La Grange opened September 2006 as ...

  • Oasis Winery

    Just under an hour drive from our Nations Capitol near the Blue Ridge Mountains, lies the world f...

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Virginia on Snooth

  • Valley Vineyards White Blend Honey Mead NV

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    Nice and sweet. Complex taste Read More

    Wine review by mec2973


  • So back on the 14th of August I had my last massage, and afterwards I stopped ... ... at a wine shop in McLean Virginia to taste and pick-up a few bottles of a Spanish Toro wine.  It was good but they didn't have the wine I really wanted in stock yet (they were tasting it though).  This other Spanish wine was a 2009 Finca Sobreno Red Blend 'Sp... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Thanks for the link OT.  Interesting ads to say the least.  I ... ... I ... The one on the left (Virginia Red Wine) is from that case I bought a few weeks ago down near Charlottesville http://www.visitcharlottesville.org/about/?src=ppc_google_location_officialsite and the Pinot on the right we only tasted; it was picked up at a wine & cheese ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • "It seems you People only drink California wines. Is it a patriotic stand ... and Washington, but no, not Virginia), but a critical mass has been achieved in California that is probably unique. Unfortunately the wines don't travel overseas well, because domestic demand usually gobbles up all the bottles, and their prices when they do reach for... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Ok, I have the web page built.  Check out the pictures at:  .../Virginia-Wine-2014.ph Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Thanks for the update OT.  Please check my Weekend Wines post - I'm ... ... weekend in southern Virginia.  We did tastings at six wineries and found a goldmine at one (hint - we bought a case of one wine).  Stay tuned to the Weekend Wines posting for updates later tonight.Expatdeli - glad you are enjoying the forums.  We like to share informa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Boy EM, you are making the most of the Hollywood Bowl this summer.  My ... black gloves...Out here in Virginia we have Wolf Trap, and we're going to see Noche Flamenca (basically Flamenco dancers) next Tuesday evening.  I hope we bring a bottle of wine and have a picnic too.  http://www.wolftrap.org/Find_Performances_and_Events/Performance/14F... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • It's been hot and humid out here in Northern Virginia lately.  It's supposed to cool down by Thursday (when I'll ride my Harley in another of our Retired Rides series; http://www.bigal-computers.net/worms.php).  I'm feeling the Ridge Zinfandel now since I'm on the 2nd glass and the curry has arrived.  Your RRV Zinfandel looks nice too.  I wish t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • I'm not ready to share everything that happened this weekend, because ... ... & Breakfast in southern Virginia and while doing so we did tastings at six wineries.  Here is our favorite and more on this beautiful wine later. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Sandra and I enjoyed a very nice wine dinner with our neighbors Debbie & ... the RdV winery in Delaplane Virginia and ended up joining the wine club and buying six bottles (including a few of the Lost Mountain label).  Debbie & Rick are the ones that recommended we try the Duckhorn and St. Francis wineries in Napa Valley during our 2012 visit,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • 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!

    Comment by 563127socko33 563127 socko33


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