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

  • Vidal Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Viognier

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

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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...

  • Dillian Wines

    Tom Dillian is a fourth generation Amador County farmer. His great grandfather Alessio Dal Porto ...

  • Young's Vineyard

    Young's is one of the first vineyards you come to after turning onto Shenandoah Road in Plymouth....

  • Valhalla Vineyards

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

  • Prince Michel Vineyards

    Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery is located in "the heart of Virginia wine country", 35 minutes ...

  • Stone Mountain Vineyards

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

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  • Yes, Al, I do admire Yuja Wang.  She's a darned good pianist, too.I ... what the Britten piece was?Virginia Nebbiolo?  I think I'll take a pass, there. Paul, thanks for the reports on some interesting wines--and when you throw in a S. Dakota Meritage, that truly bends the definition of an "interesting" win Read More

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  • I wasn't too impressed with this 2011 Nebbiolo from Barboursville Winery ... down near Charlottesville, Virginia.  It did get better after some time in the glass though.  We paired this with a spaghetti dinner that Sandra cooked up on a rainy night (also a Cat Tuesday Read More

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  • EM - Good to hear there is a good Tannat out there.  We have a few in our ... cellar, one coming from a Virginia winery.  Speaking of Paso Robles, we had another blind wine tasting party last night at a different house (one much closer to us in Burke, Virginia).  Sixteen wines (all Cabernet Sauvignon) were poured and that was probably too many... Read More

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  • DM, RC & IV - Thanks for all the good suggestions.  Sandra and I taste ... ... District of Arlington, Virginia.  They all tasted young but I bought one bottle of each, not expecting them to age well.  I shall save the other ones until 2018 at least.   That's a lot for me, you kno Read More

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  • Trump was quick to distance himself from the Republican loser in yesterday's Virginia elections.  I was so happy to see the Democrats come out on top - bigly.  Trump is still on the campaign trail, even on this trade trip to Asia.  He just can't let it go. Read More

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  • Technically not a wine day as I am now drinking bourbon and whisky, but hey, I ... ... we rode through Clifton, Virginia, which is beautiful this time of year with all the fall colors showing their stuff.  I'm home now sharing my whisky with our stray cat Tiger.  I think he prefers wine to tell you the trut Read More

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  • We did a vertical red wine tasting at Barboursville Vineyards yesterday.  ... ... our home in Springfield, Virginia but worth it.  Saturday has the bigger crowds but Sunday is more relaxed, so this was the right day to do it.  We had our friend Lynn with us and then she stayed over for a pasta dinner.  We opened a special bottle from the same ... Read More

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  • I'll start this one off with a comparison of two Cabernet Franc wines, both from Virginia USA.  The year is 2015, and the wineries are in Southern Virginia and Northern Virginia.  The Keswick Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Franc was a bit tart and tannic.  Not my favorite by any means.  We bought it because we did a tasting there last year and you need... Read More

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  • I think Trump is driving me to drink more wine.  I cannot even listen to ... to pass.I just opened this Virginia wine, where the winery is about an hour west of us.  They make decent wines but not in the same ballpark as Rd Read More

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  • Seeing that list some of the states have big wine industries (California, Oregon and Virginia) but why Missouri is such friendly place for wine drinkers? Also, from the outside, I see the US as a country that strongly believes in free entreprise, and since the Reagan era has lifted a lot of barriers and regulations. So, why alcoholic beverages d... Read More

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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!: 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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