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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Young's Vineyard

    Young's is one of the first vineyards you come to after turning onto Shenandoah Road in Plymouth....

  • AmRhein's Wine Cellar

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

  • Chateau Morrisette

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

  • Karmère Vineyards & Winery

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

  • DelFosse Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Oak Crest Vineyard & Winery

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

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  • Looking to get into the mid-60's this weekend, the car needs a bath!Finishing off this Virginia Meritage that the CFO's father brought us. He lives in Reston VA, pretty much in RBA's back yard.We've had a few samples of Rockbridge wines, nothing to write home about. This is one of their better offerings but still only worth the consuming for the... Read More

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  • It's Superbowl Sunday!  We started out this afternoon with a trip into ... all good here in Northern Virgini Read More

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  • VV - That Pinot Noir looks very nice.  I shall try it if I see one in a ... to dine in downtown Fairfax, Virginia.  Anyway, The Wine House offers a nice selection of foods and there is plenty of wine since it's also a wine shop.  If you pick a bottle from the shelf and enjoy it with your meal, you pay the price on the shelf.  If you take it ho... Read More

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  • I don't remember tasting a Pinot Noir from Virginia.  Was it worth the money you paid V V?  Read More

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  • If you have a chance to try some wines from Virginia, I can recommend a few to look for.  Going outside the USA, My wife and I have enjoyed several wines from Chile and Argentina, and of course many European wines from Spain, Italy and even a few from France.  Have you traveled the world, perhaps not leaving the glass but bringing it along for t... Read More

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  • This one is for OT, whom I hope to meet in person some day and share a glass of Virginia wine with! Read More

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  • Yes, welcome to the forum Estella.  Many of us have enjoyed Ridge wines, ... to our moving out here to Virginia in 1991.  Anyway, we initially ordered a dozen oysters and two glasses of Chardonnay (French for Sandra, New Zealand for me) and since the conversation was so interesting we stayed a bit longer and ordered another 1/2 dozen oysters a... Read More

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  • Chris and Cassie,For now just keep trying.  Use a notebook to write down ... be go to some wineries in Virginia this summer.  Big Al, can you point them in the right directio Read More

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  • Welcome Chris and Cassie!That was a great introduction.  You will get lots ... ... on the forum who live in Virginia.  They could point you in the direction of some good wineries there.  My opinion would be for you to start with an easy going Pinot Noir.  NOT Meiomi!  Other guys will help you with a good example of what I mean.  I'd say an Oreg... Read More

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  • Mark, must be a pinot night tonight!  After finishing the last dregs of that Virginia Meritage, I decided to cleanse the palate with this Russian River pinot from Moshin. OT can practically walk to this winery. We've visited here several times and have always enjoyed the wines and the people we've met there. This is definitely a RRV pinot, a bit... Read More

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  • 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 - vacation rentals in Virginia wine country

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  • 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...

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  • 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. 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...

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  • 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 ;).

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  • 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:

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  • 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: 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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