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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Karmère Vineyards & Winery

    KARMÈRE VINEYARDS AND WINERY OF SHENANDOAH VALLEY is a result of five generations of farming and ...

  • Oasis Winery

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

  • AmRhein's Wine Cellar

    We are one of Virginia’s family owned and operated wineries. Our wines have won numerous awards a...

  • Oak Crest Vineyard & Winery

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

  • Bray Vineyards

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

  • Barboursville Vineyards

    Defying the unanimous advice of government officials, land owners, and bankers to plant tobacco a...

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Virginia on Snooth

  • King Family Vineyards Petit Verdot 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Full, lush, and velvety. Aged 22 months in French oak. Woody and plummy notes. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • King Family Vineyards Meritage 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Right bank Bordeaux style blend -- 42% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc, 25% Petit ... ... Medal Winner in the 2015 Virginia Governor's Cup. Very structured, aged 18 months in French oak. Bright berry notes fade into baking spices and jammier tone Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • King Family Vineyards Crose 2014

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    Light rose of Merlot left on skins less than 2 days. Strawberry and watermelon on nose. Not as tangy as previous vintages. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • King Family Vineyards Chardonnay 2013

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    Full flavor with laser-like focus. Spiced pear notes. Aged 9 months in French oak. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • King Family Vineyards Viognier 2013

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    Very light for a Viognier. Aromatic, floral nose, almost perfumed. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • We used to have that white quartz look in our Redondo Beach townhouse (owned ... pumped some money into our Virginia home though.  We're replacing the patio door in early May and we already had new gutters installed this past January.  Forgot to post this 2010 RdV 'Friends & Family' blend that we opened Friday night.  These RdV Rhone type blen... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Greg, second Donna's comment about the ad.  How the heck did you find ... ... here on the Forum in Virginia wines.  Understandably, I suppose, this interest is mostly from residents of that area, but we do hope that you continue to participate.For other wines with a "hint of sweetmess," you might check out Rieslings from Germany.  Ones from t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • opps, that should be Eclipse -  correction made, I probably ... from ... ... from Horton Vineyards, a Virginia winery. It's a lightly sweet blend and they have both a red and a white that they call Eclipse, it's about a $12 bottle.  I don't care much for dessert wines or anything that's sweet, this has just a hint of sweetness.      &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Today just keeps getting better and better.  It's 65 F outside right ... ... day out here in Northern Virginia.  So I got home with the Medlock Ames shipment and had it all taken downstairs to our basement wine cellar when the phone rings and it's UPS - there was another package for me.  What?  I had the full case from this shipment, plus one ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • We've considered helping out with the harvest at Grey Ghost Vineyards here in Northern Virginia before, but the schedules never worked out for us.  What sort of training do they give someone new to harvesting the grapes, such as where to cut the bunches, how to handle them to avoid damage, etc.?I don't see any 'help with the harvest' information... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thursday (possibly into and...


  • 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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