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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Varietals Produced in Virginia View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Villa Appalaccia Winery

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

  • Dye's Vineyards

    Rural Retreat Winery & Vineyards, LLC purchased Dye's Vineyards Feb 2007. Dye's previously had be...

  • Michael Shaps

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

  • Rockbridge Vineyard

    Rockbridge Vineyard is the fruition of Shepherd Rouse's dream to make fine wine in his native sta...

  • Woodland Vineyard

    Woodland Vineyard is a small family-owned and operated vineyard and farm winery located in Midlot...

  • Prince Michel Vineyards

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

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  • Thanks guys.  We certainly had a great time at the B & B.  As a ... more oysters available in Virginia at this hour.  We sure have been eating quite a few of them lately.Tonight Sandra and I polished off this St. Francis 2009 Petit Sirah.  A most enjoyable wine and highly recommended to the forum members.  Earlier today I was doing my cat thin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Finally getting some pictures posted from our B&B getaway last Wednesday ... the Northern Neck region of Virginia (Ingleside Vineyards and The Hague Winery), and then did another winery associated with the B & B (Dog & Oyster Vineyard) before coming back home on Friday.  We had two very nice evenings at the Hope & Glory Inn located in Irvingto... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • We were in a tour group when we stopped at Prince Michel; the wine was decent ... wineries to visit here in Virginia I don't know when we'll stop again.  That mustiness is something I definitely don't want in a cab franc. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Fox, no dessert wine? Nothing to match up with the food or just had enough ... ... ... Michel Cab Franc.For a Virginia cab franc, this is not bad. Not much on the nose, maybe a hint of red cherry. On the palate a bit one dimensional but there is some slightly watered down ripe red cherry and a touch of strawberry. Good thing is that there is ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Prince Michel Cabernet Franc 2010

    Snoothrank:

    For a Virginia cab franc, this is not bad. Not much on the nose, maybe a hint of red cherry. On the palate a bit on dimensional but there is some slightly watered down ripe red cherry and a touch of strawberry. There is none of the mustiness a lot of VA cab francs have, light on the tannins, medium light on acid and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • I believe we do.  I don't pay much attention to what candies are available out here in Virginia though, because I hardly eat any.  Smarties are similar to Sweet Tarts in some ways, but you could crunch through a roll of Smarties in no time.  If you tried that with a roll of Sweet Tarts your mouth would be so dried out it would hurt. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Secret Santa 2015


  • Well, someone should have received their wine today, but they weren't home ...  This at least works in Virgini Read More

    Forum post in the topic Secret Santa 2015


  • Tonight I attended our second tasting of Chilean wines at the Crystal City Wine ... Wine Shop in Crystal City, Virginia.  This was a special tasting of wines from the Botalcura Winery in Santiago, Chile - special because the Winemaker Philippe Dubrus was there to introduce the wines.  That's me in a selfie with him below.  This winery has been ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Chilean Wines - Have you...


  • Another Cat Tuesday for me.  This one was special though, as I helped a ... to Jaleos in Crystal City Virginia for some tapas food before heading back home to Springfield. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Château Morrisette Chardonnay Blend Sweet Mountain Laurel NV

    Snoothrank:

    I just uncorked my first bottle by this winery and had a glass of this Sweet Mountain Laurel variety with my late lunch of crackers, brie, and fig preserves. This winery is not many miles from my home here in the hills of the Blue Ridge and what a delightful neighbor to have! I just love it (and that's saying a LOT). This reminds me of my favo... Read More

    Wine review by Sarah Kate


  • Enjoy a wine weekend in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Blue Mountain Oasis is located minutes from 14 vineyards, as well as Chestnut Oak Lodge and Bryce Resort. Go to http://www.WeekendOasis.net - vacation rentals in Virginia wine country

    Comment by 350135weekendoasis 350135 weekendoasis


  • Virginia Event Announcement (with plenty of warning to make plans)... What: 2nd Annual Shenandoah Valley Wine Festival Where: The Frontier Culture Musuem When: Saturday June 12th, 2010 "The Frontier Culture Museum hosts the Shenandoah Valley Wineries for our second annual Wine Festival. This is a great opportunity to taste the flavor of this w...

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • And here I was, all along, thinking it would be the '07 Shaps "Meritage" that would take it this year. BUT: It was the '07 (an AWESOME year for reds in the Commonwealth) King Family Vineyards Meritage that took home the Governors Cup- the most prized award throughout the now-booming Virginia Wine Industry. I must TRY IT. Espcially if it's bet...

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  • Just as a reminder, and for those who may not be aware of it, "Virginia Wine Lover" magazine has a fantastic monthly newsletter that covers the gamut of events and latest 'happening' on the Virginia Wine Scene. If you aren't subscribed, it's worth a try and something I recommend to help you keep tabs (particularly) on all the events and festiva...

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  • If you're not already aware of it, Carl Henrickson has a fanTASTIC site that chronicles the events going on within the Virginia Wine Scene. http://www.virginiawineevents.com/ It's a fantastic site and has more than just events but also results of contests as well as rich content concernign the "Fair Commonwealth". Fantastic stuff. I'll be bu...

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  • Paradise Springs in Clifton opened January 16th, 2010. It's currently only open on weekends, but will have a weekday schedule as well when the weather warms up. It's the only winery in Fairfax county, and the closest to DC. The property is full of history and truly beautiful, and provides a really fun, intimate party atmosphere.The winery offers...

    Comment by 393034bellawino83 393034 bellawino83


  • Micahel Shaps and the gang over at Virginia Wine Works have re-vamped their website to a "crisper", cleaner look. Worth a stop, particularly if you like either the Shaps OR the Wineworks labels ;). http://www.michaelshapswines.com/index.html

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • Delfosse is one of those places that I have been hearing a lot of good about, yet have not gotten to visit yet myself. Here's a link to their events page for this upcoming Spring. Think I'll make it a point to pay them a visit this year for certain: http://www.delfossewine.com/events.htm?utm_campaign=Winter%20Events%20at%20DelFosse%20Winery&u...

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • What: The Virginia Wine Showcase When: Saturady, February 6th (from 11 - 6), & Sunday the 7th (from 11 - 5) Where: Dulles Expo Center (just west of DC) Linkage: http://www.vawineshowcase.org/ Contests, food tastings, seminars, all kinds of stuff; including of course some of the commonwealth's premier wineries & wine makers. List of wineries in...

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