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

  • Stone Mountain Vineyards

    Wine, which we have produced in our converted apple ground cellar is added to the fruit and veget...

  • Barboursville Vineyards

    Defying the unanimous advice of government officials, land owners, and bankers to plant tobacco a...

  • Valhalla Vineyards

    Valhalla was conceived as a vineyard and winery to allow us to strive for perfection. Is there an...

  • Blenheim Vineyards

    Established in 2000 by owner Dave Matthews (* Yes: THAT Dave Matthews), Blenheim Vineyards is a f...

  • Doukénie Winery

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

  • Chateau Morrisette

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

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Virginia on Snooth

  • "And, of course, RBA is on the East Coast, so getting Cali wines ... ... around the world--even to Virginia!  ; Read More

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  • Perhaps my purchase of mostly Spanish wines yesterday afternoon at my favorite ... favorite wine shop in McLean Virginia (Chain Bridge Cellars) will show that I also look for good deals.  These five bottles totaled less than $60, and that one on the left was about $20.  I see some of the best deals for Spanish and French wines out here, given ... Read More

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  • 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

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  • 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

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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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