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

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

Subregions of Virginia

Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • DelFosse Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Veritas Vineyard & Winery

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

  • Villa Appalaccia Winery

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

  • Tarara Winery

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

  • Virginia Wineworks

    Located in the former Montdomaine winery just 12 miles south of Charlottesville, Virginia Winewor...

  • Paradise Springs of Clifton

    The site of Paradise Springs Winery lies on 36 acres nestled in the quiet corner of Clifton, VA o...

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  • So Sandra and I just arrived home from a two night stay in Charlottesville, Virginia.  We were down there to attend a performance, but you'll need to see my new posting (coming soon) on that topic, along with what we did in Charlottesville.  Lots of wine and a B&B....what's not to like?  Anyway, two hours after returning home to Springfield, Vir... Read More

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  • Greg, I'll bet you that Odysseus was telling his guests, "Try this ... ... with the bounty of the Virginia farmland in dishes that aped those he'd had with the same wines in France. So on and so forth. Wouldn't mind drilling down further on the topic with you, ideally with several Loire (or Greek or Spanish or...) whites and reds and some var... Read More

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  • Ah, a very nice day here in Northern Virginia.  It got up to 70 F by late afternoon.  We had the grand kids in the morning to early afternoon and then we needed to visit with Sandra's parents because they had a long time family friend visiting with them; by 4:30 PM I was back home and ready to ride my Harley Fatboy!  I managed to ride over to my... Read More

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  • DM - It was posted17 February 2017, but I know why you cannot see it.  You ... ... the Trump Winery wines (Virginia) from their shelves.  When that's done, it's gonna be great again.  Trust m Read More

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  • "Keep him out of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys plus Oregon"Washington, ... too. Shall we let him have Virginia, Al?  ;-)  A farce, yes, RCKR, and the people of NYC are well familiar with that aspect of the Trump experience (and guess how well he did at the polls there). However at this new level for him, where trial-and-error experiments are so ... Read More

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  • MJ - Those wines and the beautiful weather in Florida would be quite a treat ... winter up here in Northern Virginia, I would certainly enjoy some additional warmth.  This morning I went on a short motorcycle ride to nearby Clifton VA, and I'm glad I did.  I beat the rain by a few minutes and had a good time talking to a few buddies.Last night... Read More

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  • I believe that Virginia wineries are permitted to ship their wines out of state. Read More

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  • Boy, the weather sure has been topsy-turvy the past few days here in northern Virginia.  Tuesday and Wednesday we reached 70 F, but Thursday it dropped below freezing and got real windy - and yes, there was some snow.  I think last night the wind chill was 13 F, so we are talking a big change.  One of the two stray kitties we feed (Tiger) was co... Read More

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  • Ok, I made some nachos for my sweetie and I.  The sparkling wine is a good ... ... F day here in Northern Virgini Read More

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  • Yes, I am getting a bit low.  I haven't opened that Virginia Wasmunds scotch though and it was about $90 because it was finished in sherry casks.  It is most excellent.  Perhaps I should open that on Super Bowl Sunday? 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 http://www.WeekendOasis.net - 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. 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...

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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 ;). http://www.michaelshapswines.com/index.html

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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: http://www.delfossewine.com/events.htm?utm_campaign=Winter%20Events%20at%20DelFosse%20Winery&u...

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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: 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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