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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Dillian Wines

    Tom Dillian is a fourth generation Amador County farmer. His great grandfather Alessio Dal Porto ...

  • Chateau Morrisette

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

  • Gray Ghost Vineyards

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

  • Peaks of Otter Winery

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

  • Bray Vineyards

    Bray Vineyards is located in the heart of California’s Shenandoah Valley appellation. The Shenan...

  • Villa Appalaccia Winery

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

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  • The good life continues EM.  We attended an oyster event at the Boxwood ... ... Winery in Middleburg, Virginia this afternoon.  We joined this winery last year.  Pretty decent wines and a nice winery to visit too.   I mostly drank their Sauvignon Blanc with the raw oysters and sea bass; one small glass of rose and one small glass of their Top... Read More

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  • Last night we enjoyed a fine tapas dinner at Jaleos in Crystal City (Arlington, Virginia) and then we attended a dance performance at the Synetic Theater (Mark of Cain).  Dinner consisted of a wine flight for myself (Sandra had a glass of the same rose), Mussels, Oysters, Chorizo, Iberico Pig, and a cheese selection.  The performance depicted Ca... Read More

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  • That's right...doubt it's ever sold in Virginia though. You might have to specially ask your wine shop. Read More

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  • So I think we're talking the $50 range then, but I need to find one here in Virginia. Read More

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  • RC - That 2011 Domaine de Ferrand CdP must have been very nice.  We ... have copper pipes here in Virginia, at least in our development.  I hope to not have any problems for a long time.So, the performance of Tosca was very good.  It was pretty warm, and I had three glasses (small ones) at the lounge prior to the event, and I was feeling a bit... Read More

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  • Yesterday, the 4th of July, we attended a lobster festival at our favorite ... ... winery - RdV in Delaplane, Virginia.  It was a hot and humid day, so they held the event inside.  People were going out for a bit but you didn't want to be outside too long.  Sandra and I walked up to our usual spot in the vineyard to get a picture of the grapes... Read More

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  • RC - The Cono Sur Chardonnay was decent.  That was Sandra's glass, so ... cork on this Muse blend from Virginia.  We had visited this winery in 2016 and this was their top wine at the time.  It's quite good for a Virginian wine you kno Read More

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  • Also in memory of Mr. Silva of St. Francis Winery, we opened a nice 2012 Petite ... cat feeding in Alexandria, Virginia.  On the way back home, I got on I-395 south and was quickly brought into a 45 minute delay due to a dump truck that crashed into the barrier, going our direction.  Only the right-hand lane was passable, and it had lots of dir... Read More

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  • Friday at the Fountain again tonight.  Thunderstorms were off to the west ... ... Crystal City (Arlington, Virginia) but it didn't rain until about 9 PM.  I played ping-pong for around two hours and got my ass beat though.  I was on my game too, but these two guys were good.  Had lots of fun and only drank 3 beers tonight, 2 while playing ping... Read More

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  • DM - That link isn't working.Well now, today I can edit the title.  I ... the shootiings going on in Virginia (Alexandria, 15 minutes from me) and California (San Francisco), it was announced that Trump himself is under investigation.  I'll toast to 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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