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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Barren Ridge Vineyards

    Located on the family’s former apple orchard, Barren Ridge Vineyards is now home to Augusta Cou...

  • 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 ...

  • Jefferson Vineyards

    Winery is founded in 1773. Thomas Jefferson and Mazzrei started with 400 acres, they planted vine...

  • Valhalla Vineyards

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

  • Stone Mountain Vineyards

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

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Virginia on Snooth

  • To get a better feel for the grape and what it can and should do, you guys ... ... ... effort at this stage in Virginia. For what it's worth, CF and sauvignon blanc are CS' parents, genetically.In France it tends to be more feminine than the CS which is harder to control and guarantee under their historical growing conditions. More CF (bouche... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Terrance - here are some others you might want to try.Milbrandt, Chateau St. ... ... but not too bad.Even in Virginia they have some - Barboursville puts one out and I think there are others - maybe see if Trump has one.From Italy there's Santa Margherita, and better, Alois Lageder, which is way better than the Cavit, and there's also Haas an... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot grigio

  • Nice cab there EM.  Pitty you don't have another one.  And OT, ... ... for you boys to try a Virginia Bordeaux-style wine, like RdV.It was Cat Tuesday for me, along with it being Sandra's 55th birthday.  Now she is less than 2 weeks until retirement, which comes on 01 Nov 2015.  Tonight we drained the bottle of 2009 RdV Lost Horizons, and I o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • I'm heading out the door soon to pour wine (as a volunteer) at the Reston ... ... Town Center in northern Virginia is a nice place to dine.  Back when I was a working man I was on a program where my office was up near there.  Ahhhhhh.....retirement... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Reston International Wine...

  • I'm getting into the holiday spirit now, and it's not even Halloween ... ... fall weather out here in Virginia.  If you have any special needs regarding the sending and receipt of wine in the Secret Santa exchange, be sure to send me a private message.  I ignore most of them but I just might read yours, so give it a sho Read More

    Forum post in the topic Secret Santa 2015

  • You guys have been enjoying yourselves too much.  EM's 7-day coastal ... Meritage reminds me of some Virginia wines of the same name for the grape(s), and I'm glad to hear you enjoyed i Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Yesterday was my weekly 'Cat Tuesday', where I feed rescue cats at ... ... ... it was better than the Virginia Cab Franc's I've recently tasted from Virginia wineries, except for maybe Muse Vineyards which I just loved.  I don't think RdV offers a Cab Franc, so I can't compare it to their Bordeaux blends.  Both of these wines are recommended ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Ah, another fine Saturday.  We're heading out this evening to see a ... ... carrier to my state of Virginia however, so maybe that's what I paid the $6.00 for?  Who knows.  Decent win Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013


    Got to say, for a budget Cab. It has a nice taste. No issue serving this Read More

    Wine review by jabotica

  • Today being Saturday we wanted to go out for a bit before relaxing in front of ... District again in Fairfax Virginia; we were there earlier this past week when we dined at the Brine restaurant.  There are many places here we have not yet explored fully, so each time is a bit of an adventure.  Today we tried the lunch faire at True Food, more ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend 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 - 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...

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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...

    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. 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...

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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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