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...

  • 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...

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Oasis Winery

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

  • Oak Crest Vineyard & Winery

    A Long time effort by the Conrad Brandts family culminated in the opening of Oak Crest Winery in...

  • Woodland Vineyard

    Woodland Vineyard is a small family-owned and operated vineyard and farm winery located in Midlot...

  • The Winery at La Grange

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

  • Michael Shaps

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

  • Sugarleaf Vineyards

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

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  • Yep, you're right DM - I left out fishing! Fishing was my favorite pastime ... ... obscure varietals.  Virginia is doing well with Viognier these days and has taking quite a liking to Petit Manseng - the grape of Jurancon!  That makes sense as the climate between Shenandoah and southwestern France are pretty similar.And thanks for the welcome ... Read More

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  • Thanks for the response. Good answers to both my questions!Most people I've ... on wine from there up into Virgini Read More

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  • We did a double wine tasting on Sunday, 07 Aug 2016.  First up was a ... ... ... your Sunday in Northern Virgini Read More

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  • MJET, that paella (?) looks awesome! Thinking a well chilled ... but not ... but not great viognier from Virginia. On the nose and in the mouth almond/honeysuckle predominates with decent acidity but not much else. Although the acid is there, this wine is a bit on the fat/flabby side with a medium short finis Read More

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  • RC - Oh, those aren't my cats, they are rescue cats that I work with on Cat ... then PetSmart in Springfield Virginia.  I try to get a good picture of each cat and then post it on Facebook.  This has resulted in a cat being adopted, as one of my Facebook friends saw the cat picture I had posted and then adopted the cat.  This is my passion in l... Read More

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  • Agree RBA, this for us is a solid $20 bottle and an even better bottle at $17. ... ... from South Florida to Virginia!&nbs Read More

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  • RC - I didn't say I could just walk up to one of her wine racks and grab a ... ... ride to nearby Clifton, Virgini Read More

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  • No Wine in the Water Park this Friday, as we had tickets to see Yuja Wang ... ... in Blue' at Wolftrap in Virginia.  She is most excellent on the piano and we've seen her several times now.  EM should have been there as we were six rows from the stage and close to the center.  For dinner we brought a picnic basket and a bottle of 2010 Medlock ... Read More

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  • Okay, I was pages behind here and missed the rundown on the Carlisle.  ... grow Cab in N. Carolina, or Virginia, or something.  Where it's completely futile to try to make a cab like a Napa Cab. I think North Carolina, esp out near Asheville in the "mountains," might be a fine place to grow Barbera, Dolcetto, and Nebbiolo, for instance, but no... Read More

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  • We had a few moments to relax this afternoon after I did six hours of painting ... B&B vacation in southern Virginia.  I've had better, as in the Merlot we drank last night, but you cannot have great wine all the time otherwise you get spoile 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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