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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Vidal Blanc

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

Subregions of Virginia

Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Villa Appalaccia Winery

    A unique experience of Virginia Wine and Virginia Wineries is defined by a visit to Villa Appalac...

  • Michael Shaps

    "Virginia Wineworks" was founded in 2007. It is a partnership of Philip Stafford and Michael Sha...

  • Rockbridge Vineyard

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

  • Stone Mountain Vineyards

    Wine, which we have produced in our converted apple ground cellar is added to the fruit and veget...

  • Blenheim Vineyards

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

  • 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

  • Greg, I'll bet you that Odysseus was telling his guests, "Try this ... ... with the bounty of the Virginia farmland in dishes that aped those he'd had with the same wines in France. So on and so forth. Wouldn't mind drilling down further on the topic with you, ideally with several Loire (or Greek or Spanish or...) whites and reds and some var... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Indian food and what wines??????


  • Ah, a very nice day here in Northern Virginia.  It got up to 70 F by late afternoon.  We had the grand kids in the morning to early afternoon and then we needed to visit with Sandra's parents because they had a long time family friend visiting with them; by 4:30 PM I was back home and ready to ride my Harley Fatboy!  I managed to ride over to my... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • DM - It was posted17 February 2017, but I know why you cannot see it.  You ... ... the Trump Winery wines (Virginia) from their shelves.  When that's done, it's gonna be great again.  Trust m Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Pairing with 08 Nov 2016...


  • "Keep him out of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys plus Oregon"Washington, ... too. Shall we let him have Virginia, Al?  ;-)  A farce, yes, RCKR, and the people of NYC are well familiar with that aspect of the Trump experience (and guess how well he did at the polls there). However at this new level for him, where trial-and-error experiments are so ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Pairing with 08 Nov 2016...


  • MJ - Those wines and the beautiful weather in Florida would be quite a treat ... winter up here in Northern Virginia, I would certainly enjoy some additional warmth.  This morning I went on a short motorcycle ride to nearby Clifton VA, and I'm glad I did.  I beat the rain by a few minutes and had a good time talking to a few buddies.Last night... Read More

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  • I believe that Virginia wineries are permitted to ship their wines out of state. Read More

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  • Boy, the weather sure has been topsy-turvy the past few days here in northern Virginia.  Tuesday and Wednesday we reached 70 F, but Thursday it dropped below freezing and got real windy - and yes, there was some snow.  I think last night the wind chill was 13 F, so we are talking a big change.  One of the two stray kitties we feed (Tiger) was co... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Ok, I made some nachos for my sweetie and I.  The sparkling wine is a good ... ... F day here in Northern Virgini Read More

    Forum post in the topic Superbowl 51 - Wine or Beer?


  • Yes, I am getting a bit low.  I haven't opened that Virginia Wasmunds scotch though and it was about $90 because it was finished in sherry casks.  It is most excellent.  Perhaps I should open that on Super Bowl Sunday? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Superbowl 51 - Wine or Beer?


  • RC - As with most regions, there are good wineries and not so good wineries. ... few exceptional wineries in Virginia; many are good, some mediocre.  California, Oregon and Washington probably have an order of magnitude more exceptional wineries.  Our favorite Winery in Virginia has been RdV; I think there are only a few (out of around 250) he... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • 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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