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...

  • Vidal Blanc

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

  • 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...

Subregions of Virginia

Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Blenheim Vineyards

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

  • Bray Vineyards

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

  • The Winery at La Grange

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

  • Doukénie Winery

    Doukénie Winery strives to produce the finest wines possible and to give our patrons an education...

  • DelFosse Vineyards & Winery

    DelFosse Vineyards and Winery specializes in premium high end varietal wines that express the Vir...

  • White Hall Vineyards

    White Hall Vineyards is a farm winery located just thirteen miles from historic Charlottesville, ...

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Virginia on Snooth

  • Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery Rockfish Red 2013

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    Short vat production gives 100% Cabernet Franc minimal contact with skins and seeds, lending a bright color and lighter body. Fruity, but also a little meaty in flavor. Would be nice with grilled foods or pizza. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery Quattro 2013

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    One of the few wineries in the region using the real German varietals - not just sturdier hybrids - this blend lets their natural sweetness shine. Subtle and honeyed, but still fairly simple. It's their crowd pleaser. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery Ipc 2013

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    Hold onto your hat -- this is a hopped Chardonnay. Yes, hopped like beer. Citrusy hops match the fruity tones of the Chardonnay for a totally unique, refreshing white you won't find anywhere else. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery Viognier 2013

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    A higher RS than your typical Viognier. Unusual orange notes and a very rich, creamy mouthfeel make this the equivalent of drinking a Creamsicle. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery A6 2012

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    Reversing the traditional treatments for its varietals, the Viognier is aged in oak and the Chardonnay is entirely steel fermented, giving a nice medium weight and strong fruit flavors. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery Green 2013

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    Crisp and tart. Full of green apple notes. The vintner's interpretation of a Portugese Vinho Verde, but without the characteristic effervescence. Would be great with brats and apples, to match the apple notes on the nose and cut the fat of the sausage. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Flying Fox Vineyard Petit Verdot 2012

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    Deep, dark, and spicy. The best Petit Verdot I've had in over a year. Can't wait to see this mature more in the bottle. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Flying Fox Vineyard Trio 2012

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    A classic Bordeaux style blend with 18 months aging. Very good, but not their best vintage. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Flying Fox Vineyard White Table Wine 2013

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    Lightly sweet, but lacks the acidity to balance out even that touch of residual sugar. Comes across as flabby. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Flying Fox Vineyard Viognier 2013

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    Does have some apricot notes, but they're very subtle. I'm more accustomed to a Viognier with stone fruits leaping out of the glass. Strong acidity from a year with lots of cloud cover. 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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