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...

  • 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...

Subregions of Virginia

Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Barboursville Vineyards

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

  • Prince Michel Vineyards

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

  • Veritas Vineyard & Winery

    "Veritas Winery, a family business owned by Andrew and Patricia Hodson,opened for business in Jun...

  • DelFosse Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Chateau Morrisette

    Chateau Morrisette Winery is one of Southwest Virginia's premier destinations for award-winning w...

  • 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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Virginia on Snooth

  • I too got the Limerick Lane email but I was cruising around the Baltic Sea at ... ... our stuff out here to Virginia from California.  The only other incident I can remember is when the garbage disposal failed but I don't think it was leaking until I pulled it out and replaced it.  Always a pain to get under the counter and swap those things ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • RC, you were not kidding then about collecting the 2014 vintage Bordeaux wine. ... ... blends (yes, even RdV in Virginia).  Last night I endured a 3-hour opera (Aida), and let me tell you, I was not that fond of this one.  In fact, it was the free rehearsal (for The Kennedy Center opera subscribers) and as rehearsals go, it was fine.  We had s... Read More

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


  • "The right didn't make a point of starting fights in the streets with ... ... states turning into West Virginia-like economies, further militarization of the police, etc., etc.--this is what Trump and the alt-right seem to be promising us right now.Before his death this past May, Zbigniew Brzezinski called Trump’s handling of foreign affairs “... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Current thoughts on our...


  • I attended a wine tasting in Virginia today and ran into two old friends who still work at the DoD. What they shared with me over a glass of Troon Red Label Zin was eye-opening.  Given the events of this past 48 hours, their concern is not about the mental stability of the current occupant of Pennsylvania Avenue, but instead that of his autocrat... Read More

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  • Just got back from Stone Tower Winery near Leesburg, Virginia to pick up our summer allocation.  We'll be back there in September for an ambassador allocation that Sandra signed us up for recently.  Good times.  The Sauvignon Blanc was surprisingly good.  On the way home it was pouring rain.  Now we need to drive over to watch over the grand kid... Read More

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  • Our last night in Virginia for a few weeks.  Tomorrow we start the drive to Wyoming for the 21 August solar eclipse.  We were at Paradise Springs Winery, which is in Clifton Virginia, only about 20 minutes from us.  Sandra had signed up for the 2013 PVT allocation, which is Petite Verdot and Tannat in a 50/50 blend.  It's pretty good - we had a ... Read More

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


  • We did the French Wine Tasting party last night at our friends house in Herndon, Virginia.  There were 10 bottles (2 white, 8 red) brought to the event for tasting, and then 2 bottles were awarded to first and second place (which was a tie between two ladies).  The wine was most excellent and the food was tasty.  It lasted five hours.  The favor... Read More

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


  • Trump is trying to win over the ignorant ones with statements like this from ... country, Huntington, West Virginia."I just hope that the final determination is a truly honest one which is what the millions of people who gave us our big win in November deserve and what all Americans who want a better future want and deserve.&quo Read More

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  • Early Mountain Vineyards Novum 2014

    Snoothrank:

    61% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot, 9% Tannat, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot. Jammy red fruit, baking spices, graham cracker. Tart finish with a lightly minty note. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Early Mountain Vineyards Eluvium 2014

    Snoothrank:

    76% Merlot, 19% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 18 months in French oak - 60% neutral, 40% new. Inky color. Finely woven web of fruity, spicy, and earthy notes with black cherry at the core. Very well balanced acidity and tannins. 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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