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...

  • 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...

  • Vidal Blanc

    Vidal Blanc has proven to be amongst the versatile varietals in North American viticulture. In Canadian vineyards, th...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

Subregions of Virginia

Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Doukénie Winery

    Doukénie Winery strives to produce the finest wines possible and to give our patrons an education...

  • 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...

  • Bray Vineyards

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

  • Karmère Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Veritas Vineyard & Winery

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

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  • EM - That Pinot Noir looks very nice.  I shall look for a bottle out here ... hot one out here in Northern Virginia, but at least it didn't rain on us.  The previous night (Saturday) brought with it a big storm and we even had some hail.  No damage in our neighborhood but nearby people did lose power and some branches were down.  Anyway, we po... Read More

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  • Ah, this was a most excellent day, even though it just started raining here in Northern Virginia.  This morning we picked up my 2005 Fat Boy that Sandra bought me, so now I have three bikes in the garage in front of her Smart Car.  Tonight we're sampling two lovely Pinot Noirs, one from Chile and one from Oregon.  We've only tried one so far (th... Read More

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  • I bought some wine at Total Wine today, using their $15 coupon off a $100 ... ... are going to be in Northern Virginia at that time, give me a call (703) 501-4615.  I'll see if I can get you in.... : Read More

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  • Hofstatter Lagrein 2012


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    Wine review by ALICEPEARL

  • Ah, another weekend has arrived.  We are having beautiful weather out here in Northern Virginia lately and today is no exception.  It's in the high seventies / low eighties with minimal humidity, so you can be sure everyone is out and about.  We decided to head up to Reston VA and do a wine tasting at The Wine Cabinet.  We do like this wine shop... Read More

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  • Stinson Vineyards Rose 2014


    Fruitier than past vintages but still with the slight smokiness that gives away its 100% Mourvedre composition. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Dennis & Ellen, welcome to the Snooth Forum.  I'm sure that all ... Missouri, North Carolina and Virginia from locals in those areas.Oh, and links to another site don't count.  If you can spend the time to compose a report, just copy it and paste it, here.Now, keep in mind, we are also a bunch of egotistical jerks.  When you do report on a tas... Read More

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  • Yes, excellent review.  It's nice to hear you were finally adopted ... ... food over here in Virginia.  There are a few places but you really have to look for the Read More

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  • Grace Estate Winery Petit Verdot 2012


    Bold, jammy, leathery with blackberry and cigarbox notes. Aged 16 months in a mix of French and American notes. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Grace Estate Winery le Gras Baril 2012


    30% Malbec, 30% Petit Verdot, 40% Cabernet Franc, this blend lets the lesser stars of Bordeaux shine. Aged 16 months in a mix of new and neutral oak. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • 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 ;).

    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:

    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: 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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