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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Vidal Blanc

    Vidal Blanc has proven to be amongst the versatile varietals in North American viticulture. In Canadian vineyards, th...

Subregions of Virginia

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...

  • Tarara Winery

    At Tarara, we strive to cultivate wines that pour a classic taste of our surroundings into the gl...

  • Bray Vineyards

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

  • Chateau Morrisette

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

  • Bella Piazza Winery

    Situated in a picturesque setting in Shenandoah Valley, Bella Piazza is surrounded by rolling vin...

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Virginia on Snooth

  • Last Thursday after our movie, we dined at Brine where they have pretty tasty ... Barboursville Vineyward in Virginia.  Very nice. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oysters


  • EM - Yes, I too like that weather vane.  My picture could have been ... ... off I suppose.BL - All these Virginia wineries charge for a tasting.  Our recent membership at Stone Tower Winery got us two free $15 tastings Friday night, plus our server let us try a few additional wines before we each bought a glass of their wonderful 2014 Cabernet... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Fridays are good out here in Virginia, as long as you get your butt moving after the morning traffic but before the evening work traffic.  Yesterday started out with both of us having our blood tested after fasting 12 hours, then a nice breakfast at the Silver Diner.  Upon returning home, I rode my Harley Fatboy over to my massage appointment an... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Maybe some folks could plan a trip to Washington DC and we could host a wine ... ... live in Springfield, Virginia - very close if you wish to see museums and such.  Another Pinot Noir throw down or perhaps a Cabernet Sauvignon pop-up even Read More

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  • Friday afternoon / evening was quite nice.  We had recently joined the ... do a wine tasting at another Virginia winery to kill some time.  Even with leaving early, there were plenty of cars to deal with though, but I know it could have been much, much worse.So, after finding a Starbucks to get our espresso on, we decided to stop at Dry Mill W... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • We celebrated Sandra's 56th birthday (R + 1) yesterday at her parents ... ... from Shenandoah Vineyards in Virginia.  Good time Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Sunday was special.  I started it off with a motorcycle ride to nearby Clifton, Virginia for the monthly 'Bikes & Breakfast Ride".  The weather was a bit chilly at 0800, but it warmed up nicely.  My Harley Fatboy was running well and it was cool to see so many bikes (over 200 of them) in the downtown area.  Later in the afternoon, we headed into... Read More

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  • Archer Roose Valle del Colchagua Carmenere NV

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  • We picked up our fall allocation at the RdV Vineyards release party this ... ... our house, out in Delaplane, Virginia.  They served all the wine you wanted to drink, along with a nice spread of food, for $65 each.  We probably had about four half-glasses each but keep in mind this is very good red wine.  All three of their reds were available... Read More

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  • RBA - It ;is both interesting and educational that you keep us informed about the Virginia wine experience. Thanks for that, I enjoy both the written and the pictoiral efforts. Read More

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  • Rascal, Wine Dog of the Year nominee, has been added to the ballot! Vote for whomever you wish, but our friend Rascal could sure use your vote since he was a late addition to the voting. Your vote could be the difference: http://virginiawinelover.com/winedog/index.php Rascal can be found at its very bottom. He's worked for this award, and h...

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • Veritas has just announced what they're calling "Virtual Veritas"- a host of videos that chronicle the estate, its beautiful tasting room, and its wines. http://www.veritaswines.com/virtualveritas/ Really quite clever. You Virginia fans will dig it. I'll post this to the group to so no one misses it.

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • what would you say is a typical demographic or profile of a VA wine drinker? I had a discussion with a lady who says that more sophisticated palettes probably don't drink VA wine. Who is drinking VA wine. I do. Any input?

    Comment by 102040shawkes 102040 shawkes


  • Here's an event I really, REALLY wish I could make it to: The River City Wine Festival. Not just for Barren Ridge or Cardinal Point either- but for some of the others I've yet to sample. Lots of info at the following forum post: http://www.snooth.com/talk/topic/va-the-river-city-wine-festival/ Let me know if you need any information or if t...

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • What: The Virginia Wine Festival When: September 19th & 20th Where: Bull Run Regional Park 7700 Bull Run Drive Centreville, VA 20121 703-631-0550 Directions and further info: http://across-the-way.com/index.php?pr=vw_location Official promotional page with all kinds of information on tickets, lodging, etc.: http://across-the-way.com/index.p...

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • Brought to you by the kind permission from the folks at "Virginia Wine Lovers" magazine: http://www.vawinelover.com/default.htm Virginia Wine Events, September, 2009: http://www.vawinelover.com/newsletters/sept09.htm If you're a lover and proponent of Virginia Wines; there's a lot to read about at Virginia Wine Lovers, as I ...

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  • enjoyed Cheverny (White Loire Wine). Plain, simple white table wine.

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  • recently visited Bluemont Vineyard - impressed to say the least.

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  • Just some notes from "The Fair Commonwealth" and its growing reputation for making wicked-good vino. If, as a fan of Virginia wines, you've yet to pay a visit to Richard Leahy's "Wine Report"- you should: http://www.richardleahy.com/blog/ In his latest entry, Riley discusses a visit from Michael Broadbent to Charlottesville, and his opinions ...

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • What: Benjamin Wallace speaks about the "Billionaire's Vinegar" When This Thursday, June 25th Where: Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia Benjamin Wallace, author of The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine, will discuss his book about the controversy surrounding the 1980s discovery and auction of win...

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