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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Bella Piazza Winery

    Situated in a picturesque setting in Shenandoah Valley, Bella Piazza is surrounded by rolling vin...

  • Dillian Wines

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

  • Bray Vineyards

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

  • White Hall Vineyards

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

  • Villa Appalaccia Winery

    A unique experience of Virginia Wine and Virginia Wineries is defined by a visit to Villa Appalac...

  • The Winery at La Grange

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

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Virginia on Snooth

  • I'd been assuming he (and OT) were also 'handy men' as Ethel or ... ... Plumbing Company, East Virginia Blu Read More

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  • This afternoon was special for us.  We attended the 'Fete de la ... ... our only wine club here in Virginia, RdV Vineyards.  This was all about celebrating the flowering of the vines, but it was still a little early for the flowers to be showing themselves due to the recent cold weather and two weeks of rain. Rutger was there to discuss the vi... Read More

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  • Nice picture of the hard to photograph hummingbirds.On Friday we were in the Mosaic District of Virginia to get eye exams, dine at Brine, and watch the new movie Money Monster.  The movie was quite good and we recommend it.  Oh, we also did a wine tasting at Sip & Swirl, a nice wine shop we've visited a few times.  We bought the Chardonnay and t... Read More

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  • Big 25-year reunion party last night at a hotel near the Dulles Airport in Virginia.  We spent the night so there were no worries about driving home late at night.  It was a cash bar though so we only had a couple of glasses of wine.  It was fun meeting old co-workers from this program that brought us out here from California back in 1991.  We n... Read More

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  • Michael Shaps Voignier White 2008

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    Amazing wine! Read More

    Wine review by Donna George


  • Ixsir Rose Altitudes 2014

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    Had this with lunch at Mercat Bistro about a month ago. Completely lovely. Soft, with bits of peach, ripe grapefruit, and strawberry, along with almond and baking spices. Creamy and lush in the mouth. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • I think we only had to cancel a tasting room in McMinnville, Oregon. ... just ... ... just before returning to Virgini Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines


  • We've filled out an inquiry on Kelly's web site asking about stopping ... of the bottles out here in Virginia but I doubt I'll find on Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines


  • We've tried several Malbec bottles in the $10-$20 price range and in ... ... Tyson's Corner mall of Virginia.  This was our second visit and we enjoyed it even more since we ordered a full bottle this time.  The appetizers are wonderful here and that's all we had on our first visit - as we had plans for dinner about four hours later that eveni... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • We are going to try for Stoller as the 2nd winery on the Sunday after Domaine ... ... just before returning to Virgini Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine tasting in Oregon...


  • 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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