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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • White Hall Vineyards

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

  • Michael Shaps

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

  • Ingleside Vineyards

    Ingleside Vineyards is nestled in the narrowest point of land between the Rappahannock and Potoma...

  • Horton Vineyards

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

  • Blenheim Vineyards

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

  • Tarara Winery

    At Tarara, we strive to cultivate wines that pour a classic taste of our surroundings into the gl...

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Virginia on Snooth

  • Early Mountain Vineyards Rose 2016

    Snoothrank:

    60% Merlot, 25% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec. Stainless steel fermentation, less than 24 hours with skins on. Traditional French style. Light peach color. Floral nose. Lots of strawberry notes. A zesty crowd pleaser with a bright fruity finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Early Mountain Vineyards Chardonnay 2016

    Snoothrank:

    94% Chardonnay, 6% Pinot Gris. Neutral oak, less than 20% new oak. Very pale color. A little salted butter on nose. Coconut, pear, and lemon zest. Cream notes mid palate. Delicate finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Early Mountain Vineyards Five Forks 2016

    Snoothrank:

    47% Petit Manseng, 30% Sauvignon Blanc, 13% Viognier, 5% Muscat, 5% Pinot Gris. Stainless steel, neutral oak, and concrete egg. Honeysuckle, lemon, apple, and pear. Sweetly grassy, like sugar snap peas. Apple peel on finish. Bracing, crisp acidity. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Gabriele Rausse Winery Kalian Monbazillac 2014

    Snoothrank:

    70% Semillon, 30% Sauvignon Blanc. Approx. 12% residual sugar. High alcohol. Laser-like acidity. Lemon notes with floral finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Gabriele Rausse Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014

    Snoothrank:

    100% Cabernet Sauvignon (very impressive for the region). 11 months in barrel. Ruby-garnet color. Red and black fruits, earthy, a little herbaceous on nose. Typical currant note on palate. Light on tannins. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Gabriele Rausse Winery Cabernet Franc 2015

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    80% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. 9 months in both steel and oak. Very aromatic with blackberry and tomato leaf notes. Medium body, dusty tannins. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Gabriele Rausse Winery Nebbiolo Reserve 2013

    Snoothrank:

    100% Nebbiolo. Red to brick red color. Cedar and cherry on nose and palate. Moderate tannin. Silky, balanced finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Gabriele Rausse Winery Merlot 2014

    Snoothrank:

    100% Merlot. 6 months in neutral oak. Ruby color. Lightly earthy nose. Firm tannins at front of palate and again on finish. Lots of black fruit on finish. I think it needs more time in the bottle. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Gabriele Rausse Winery Dry Rose 2016

    Snoothrank:

    40% Cabernet Franc, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Malbec. Soft peachy pink in color. Gently aromatic - strawberry, some light herbal grassy notes. Very fruity finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Gabriele Rausse Winery Chardonnay Reserve 2015

    Snoothrank:

    25% new oak. More structure than the basic Chardonnay, but has just a little faint vanilla on the nose and is a little bland on the palate. I prefer the acidity and flavor of the steel-barrel non-Reserve Chardonnay. 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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