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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Viognier

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

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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...

  • Young's Vineyard

    Young's is one of the first vineyards you come to after turning onto Shenandoah Road in Plymouth....

  • Oasis Winery

    Just under an hour drive from our Nations Capitol near the Blue Ridge Mountains, lies the world f...

  • Virginia Wineworks

    Located in the former Montdomaine winery just 12 miles south of Charlottesville, Virginia Winewor...

  • Fincastle Vineyard

    Nestled in the Great Valley of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, Fincastle Vineyard & Winery produ...

  • Chateau Morrisette

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

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  • EM - Good to hear there is a good Tannat out there.  We have a few in our ... cellar, one coming from a Virginia winery.  Speaking of Paso Robles, we had another blind wine tasting party last night at a different house (one much closer to us in Burke, Virginia).  Sixteen wines (all Cabernet Sauvignon) were poured and that was probably too many... Read More

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  • DM, RC & IV - Thanks for all the good suggestions.  Sandra and I taste ... ... District of Arlington, Virginia.  They all tasted young but I bought one bottle of each, not expecting them to age well.  I shall save the other ones until 2018 at least.   That's a lot for me, you kno Read More

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  • Trump was quick to distance himself from the Republican loser in yesterday's Virginia elections.  I was so happy to see the Democrats come out on top - bigly.  Trump is still on the campaign trail, even on this trade trip to Asia.  He just can't let it go. Read More

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  • Technically not a wine day as I am now drinking bourbon and whisky, but hey, I ... ... we rode through Clifton, Virginia, which is beautiful this time of year with all the fall colors showing their stuff.  I'm home now sharing my whisky with our stray cat Tiger.  I think he prefers wine to tell you the trut Read More

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  • We did a vertical red wine tasting at Barboursville Vineyards yesterday.  ... ... our home in Springfield, Virginia but worth it.  Saturday has the bigger crowds but Sunday is more relaxed, so this was the right day to do it.  We had our friend Lynn with us and then she stayed over for a pasta dinner.  We opened a special bottle from the same ... Read More

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  • I'll start this one off with a comparison of two Cabernet Franc wines, both from Virginia USA.  The year is 2015, and the wineries are in Southern Virginia and Northern Virginia.  The Keswick Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Franc was a bit tart and tannic.  Not my favorite by any means.  We bought it because we did a tasting there last year and you need... Read More

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  • I think Trump is driving me to drink more wine.  I cannot even listen to ... to pass.I just opened this Virginia wine, where the winery is about an hour west of us.  They make decent wines but not in the same ballpark as Rd Read More

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  • Seeing that list some of the states have big wine industries (California, Oregon and Virginia) but why Missouri is such friendly place for wine drinkers? Also, from the outside, I see the US as a country that strongly believes in free entreprise, and since the Reagan era has lifted a lot of barriers and regulations. So, why alcoholic beverages d... Read More

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  • Diego, a few years ago somebody posted a link to a report that discusses your ... New Hampshire, Oregon and Virginia were the highest rated states.  All of them:Allow winery-to-consumer shippingAllow retailer-to consumer shippingDo not have government control of wine salesAllow Sunday sales of wineAllow wine sold in grocery stores.Allow BYO/co... Read More

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  • Lefty, we have tasted wines in Oregon on several trips to the west coast (2013, ... our trip this past March.In Virginia, we too have the state run ABC stores for hard liquor.  Beer and wine can be found almost everywhere, except McDonalds and Taco Bell.  Total Wine stores are out here but I tend to go to smaller retailers of wine for wines tha... 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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