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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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

  • AmRhein's Wine Cellar

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

  • Virginia Wineworks

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

  • Sugarleaf Vineyards

    Residing on a breathtaking estate, Sugarleaf Vineyards has evolved before our eyes into a mesmeri...

  • Bray Vineyards

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

  • Karmère Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Paradise Springs of Clifton

    The site of Paradise Springs Winery lies on 36 acres nestled in the quiet corner of Clifton, VA o...

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Virginia on Snooth

  • I too got the Limerick Lane email but I was cruising around the Baltic Sea at ... ... our stuff out here to Virginia from California.  The only other incident I can remember is when the garbage disposal failed but I don't think it was leaking until I pulled it out and replaced it.  Always a pain to get under the counter and swap those things ... Read More

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  • RC, you were not kidding then about collecting the 2014 vintage Bordeaux wine. ... ... blends (yes, even RdV in Virginia).  Last night I endured a 3-hour opera (Aida), and let me tell you, I was not that fond of this one.  In fact, it was the free rehearsal (for The Kennedy Center opera subscribers) and as rehearsals go, it was fine.  We had s... Read More

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  • "The right didn't make a point of starting fights in the streets with ... ... states turning into West Virginia-like economies, further militarization of the police, etc., etc.--this is what Trump and the alt-right seem to be promising us right now.Before his death this past May, Zbigniew Brzezinski called Trump’s handling of foreign affairs “... Read More

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  • I attended a wine tasting in Virginia today and ran into two old friends who still work at the DoD. What they shared with me over a glass of Troon Red Label Zin was eye-opening.  Given the events of this past 48 hours, their concern is not about the mental stability of the current occupant of Pennsylvania Avenue, but instead that of his autocrat... Read More

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  • Just got back from Stone Tower Winery near Leesburg, Virginia to pick up our summer allocation.  We'll be back there in September for an ambassador allocation that Sandra signed us up for recently.  Good times.  The Sauvignon Blanc was surprisingly good.  On the way home it was pouring rain.  Now we need to drive over to watch over the grand kid... Read More

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  • Our last night in Virginia for a few weeks.  Tomorrow we start the drive to Wyoming for the 21 August solar eclipse.  We were at Paradise Springs Winery, which is in Clifton Virginia, only about 20 minutes from us.  Sandra had signed up for the 2013 PVT allocation, which is Petite Verdot and Tannat in a 50/50 blend.  It's pretty good - we had a ... Read More

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  • We did the French Wine Tasting party last night at our friends house in Herndon, Virginia.  There were 10 bottles (2 white, 8 red) brought to the event for tasting, and then 2 bottles were awarded to first and second place (which was a tie between two ladies).  The wine was most excellent and the food was tasty.  It lasted five hours.  The favor... Read More

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  • Trump is trying to win over the ignorant ones with statements like this from ... country, Huntington, West Virginia."I just hope that the final determination is a truly honest one which is what the millions of people who gave us our big win in November deserve and what all Americans who want a better future want and deserve.&quo Read More

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  • Early Mountain Vineyards Novum 2014

    Snoothrank:

    61% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot, 9% Tannat, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot. Jammy red fruit, baking spices, graham cracker. Tart finish with a lightly minty note. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Early Mountain Vineyards Eluvium 2014

    Snoothrank:

    76% Merlot, 19% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 18 months in French oak - 60% neutral, 40% new. Inky color. Finely woven web of fruity, spicy, and earthy notes with black cherry at the core. Very well balanced acidity and tannins. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • 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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