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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Horton Vineyards

    Wine lover and entrepreneur Dennis Horton began his winemaking venture with a small home viney...

  • Fincastle Vineyard

    Nestled in the Great Valley of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, Fincastle Vineyard & Winery produ...

  • Blenheim Vineyards

    Established in 2000 by owner Dave Matthews (* Yes: THAT Dave Matthews), Blenheim Vineyards is a f...

  • Dye's Vineyards

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

  • Paradise Springs of Clifton

    The site of Paradise Springs Winery lies on 36 acres nestled in the quiet corner of Clifton, VA o...

  • Woodland Vineyard

    Woodland Vineyard is a small family-owned and operated vineyard and farm winery located in Midlot...

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Virginia on Snooth

  • Dennis & Ellen, welcome to the Snooth Forum.  I'm sure that all ... Missouri, North Carolina and Virginia from locals in those areas.Oh, and links to another site don't count.  If you can spend the time to compose a report, just copy it and paste it, here.Now, keep in mind, we are also a bunch of egotistical jerks.  When you do report on a tas... Read More

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  • Yes, excellent review.  It's nice to hear you were finally adopted ... ... food over here in Virginia.  There are a few places but you really have to look for the Read More

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  • Grace Estate Winery Petit Verdot 2012

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    Bold, jammy, leathery with blackberry and cigarbox notes. Aged 16 months in a mix of French and American notes. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Grace Estate Winery le Gras Baril 2012

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    30% Malbec, 30% Petit Verdot, 40% Cabernet Franc, this blend lets the lesser stars of Bordeaux shine. Aged 16 months in a mix of new and neutral oak. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Grace Estate Winery Merlot 2012

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    Lightly tannic, supple mouthfeel. Rich cigarbox aromas intertwined with black cherry and cocoa. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Grace Estate Winery Cabernet Franc 2012

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    Great varietal character and balance with cherry, peppercorn, and tobacco notes. Aged 11 months in 40% new French oak. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Grace Estate Winery le Gras Cuve 2012

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    Lightly sweet, orangey and honeyed blend. 90% Vidal Blanc, 10% Petit Manseng. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Grace Estate Winery Chardonnay 2013

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    Full flavor with vanilla and tree fruits. Great mouthfeel. Aged in 20% new steam-bent oak, ensuring no heavy toasted notes. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Grace Estate Winery Viognier 2013

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    Light and crisp for a Viognier. Stainless steel aged. Less than robust palate. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • King Family Vineyards Loreley 2013

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    Late harvest Petit Manseng dessert wine made in vin de paille "straw wine" style. Floral and tangerine notes. Balanced sweetness. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Cross-posting (at least the link to the original) from the main forums: there's no truth whatsoever that Blenheim's closing its doors. Truth is; they're kicking buckets and have recently completely sold out of their "Painted Red" blend. Here's the link to the original- now with pictures!: Cross-posting (at least the link to the original) from t...

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  • Cross-posting (at least the link to the original) from the main forums: there's no truth whatsoever that Blenheim's closing its doors. Truth is; they're kicking buckets and have recently completely sold out of their "Painted Red" blend. Here's the link to the original- now with pictures!: http://www.snooth.com/talk/topic/blenheims-painted-red...

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  • Make sure to get your vote in, again, for your favorite Virginia Winery: http://www.virginiawineevents.com/index.html Things are tightening up at the top... your vote could make the difference. OH! Also: Keep your eyes out for an article about wine maker extraordinaire Michael Shaps, sometime in the near future in the Washington Post. When ...

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  • Finally getting some free time to spend cruising around Virginia in the coming week- anyone have any recomendations?

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  • Step 1: Get in car. Step 2: Go here: Click here to visit the Virginia Wine Profile to get the full skinny. You can join our group and we'll keep you posted on all the 'doins' down in Virginia. http://www.snooth.com/region/usa/virginia/ Carl does a great job over at Virginia Wine Events. Here's his latest of mid-July wine events in the "Com...

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  • Greetings Virginia Wine Lovin' folk. Virginia Wine Events has an annual polling of "what is your favorite Virginia Winery"- and it's time to vote! Just follow this link to their poling place at Virginia Wine Events and let your voice be heard. You can vote once a day, so vote as many times as you like until August when the winner will be anno...

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  • I was sent a link to a very snappy, creative, and expansive Virginia Wine site that I thought you folks would really get a kick out of- if you aren't already a reg. Browse at your leisure ;)...: http://www.virginiawineevents.com/index.html Cheers, Chip

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  • Normally I'm against using taxpayer money to support private industry- but the wine business in Virginia has grown so rapidly that it's beginning to make up for the lack of revenue they've suffored in not being able to produce their bumper crops of tobacco... An interesting read for those curious about wine & the "Fair Commonwealth". Here's th...

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  • For those who may be interested, I just got back from a brief trip to Virginia and have a quick bit of news. Turns out that Brad McCarthy, most notable for his stint as head winemaker at Dave Matthews' Winery called "Blenheim Vineyards", is trying some new varietals and has some new wines out that are knocking people out. I have yet to try the...

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