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

  • Vidal Blanc

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Viognier

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

  • 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

  • Dye's Vineyards

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

  • Peaks of Otter Winery

    Located at the foot of the Peaks of Otter and near the National D-day Memorial. Our ancestors set...

  • Blenheim Vineyards

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

  • AmRhein's Wine Cellar

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

  • 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...

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  • We have arrived safely back home in Virginia.  Our flight from Seattle to Chicago was fine, but the flight departing Chicago to Washington National was delayed 45 minutes to access a dent the baggage handlers made in the cargo door.  We were worried they would ground the plane as there were no other flights (everyone was booked going into the No... Read More

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  • Any favorites to report out of all those wines.  Excellent picto review of the days spent. Read More

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  • On the Friday (24 Feb 2017) we returned to our home in Northern Virginia, we stopped at two wineries to do tastings.  First stop was the King Family Vineyards, which is to the east of Charlottesville, Virginia.  As with many of the Virginia wineries, they win some medals and it's our practice to see which wineries won the current 'Governor's Cup... Read More

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  • Now, on to our dinner at Tastings of Charlottesville, with Bill Curtis providing us his personal service.   We walked over to the place, which was close to the Paramont Theater (you see Sandra's backside below as we approach the theater on the way to dinner), and upon entering, we saw that this place is indeed the best restaurant for wine lovers... Read More

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  • EM - Nope, I've never heard of that 'Three Bears' label.  I wonder what 'extra rich' means in terms of a wine?  I have heard of Torrance CA though, as I used to live there.  I attended South High School in Torrance, and prior to that it was Redondo Beach Union High School (one year there before we relocated to a house after coming out from the e... Read More

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  • Fritz the Cat?????????I'm guessing it wasn't THE Fritz the Cat. Entertaining report, Al.  However, have you ever seen this VA wine? I had breakfast in a coffee shop in Torrance this morning--Black Bear Diner.  This is a chain that, I'm pretty sure started up in Northern California. So, some of our N. California contributors may be familiar with ... Read More

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  • Sounds like the Trump administration is out to screw more people, as a favor to ... It's much better here in Virginia as far as we are concerned. However, I would not want to screw Maryland wineries out of current business practices to help a beer conglomerate.  &nbs Read More

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  • Not to sound indifferent but I have never had nor have any desire to taste wine ... ... I learned my lesson with Virginia.~ Brian - Cali wine sn Read More

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  • Stephen - I just saw this:"Dean Hewitson makes some great wines - his sons ... ... other. We in the US have Virginia, New York, Oregon and California and Australia has the same diversity.&nbs Read More

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  • Last winery of the first full day in Charlottesville.  The First Colony Winery looked interesting because they have a cat there called Fritz - and he has his own Facebook page!  Unfortunately for us, Fritz was nowhere to be found.  I walked around the building a few times looking for him.  There was some roof repairs going on, so he probably wen... 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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