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

  • Villa Appalaccia Winery

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

  • Michael Shaps

    "Virginia Wineworks" was founded in 2007. It is a partnership of Philip Stafford and Michael Sha...

  • The Winery at La Grange

    Very rich in history and very rich in wine, the new Winery at La Grange opened September 2006 as ...

  • White Hall Vineyards

    White Hall Vineyards is a farm winery located just thirteen miles from historic Charlottesville, ...

  • Karmère Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Gray Ghost Vineyards

    Gray Ghost, a family owned and operated winery, is placing Virginia on the international wine map...

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Virginia on Snooth

  • Michael Shaps Voignier White 2008

    Snoothrank:

    Amazing wine! Read More

    Wine review by Donna George


  • Ixsir Rose Altitudes 2014

    Snoothrank:

    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

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines


  • We've tried several Malbec bottles in the $10-$20 price range and in ... ... Tyson's Corner mall of Virginia.  This was our second visit and we enjoyed it even more since we ordered a full bottle this time.  The appetizers are wonderful here and that's all we had on our first visit - as we had plans for dinner about four hours later that eveni... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • We are going to try for Stoller as the 2nd winery on the Sunday after Domaine ... ... just before returning to Virgini Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine tasting in Oregon...


  • V V - I joined the Scherrer wine newsletter to check them out.  Thanks for ... decent, plus a really bad Virginia wine made with Concord grapes that one lady did enjoy - the rest of us poured it out after a tast Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • I do recall, OT.  That was the first time I'd ever heard of that grape ... else?Your comment about the Virginia wineries searching for the right grape variety for their geography is similar to the comment that I have made about Temecula winerie Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • It wouldn't grow well here EMark. They grow it in Virginia because they can.  I remember our foray into Virginia wines at Stark's a few years back. Every winery seemed to have a Petite Manseng and a Viognier and seemed to still be looking for the right combination of grapes for their geography. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Tonight we are opening a second bottle of wine because it's Super Tuesday ... ... being decided, including Virginia.  Sandra and I both voted earlier this afternoon, doing what is necessary to stop Mr. T.  In any case, it was also Cat Tuesday (more important to me than Super Tuesday) and this sweet girl is called Belle.  She is a calico mix an... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • 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

    Comment by 350135weekendoasis 350135 weekendoasis


  • 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...

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • 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...

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • 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...

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • 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...

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • 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...

    Comment by 393034bellawino83 393034 bellawino83


  • 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

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

    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: 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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