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

  • Rockbridge Vineyard

    Rockbridge Vineyard is the fruition of Shepherd Rouse's dream to make fine wine in his native sta...

  • James River Cellars

    Located in historic Hanover County in Glen Allen, Virginia, 10 miles North of Richmond, 10 miles ...

  • Karmère Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Valhalla Vineyards

    Valhalla was conceived as a vineyard and winery to allow us to strive for perfection. Is there an...

  • Doukénie Winery

    Doukénie Winery strives to produce the finest wines possible and to give our patrons an education...

  • Dillian Wines

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

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Virginia on Snooth

  • That was a nice bottle.  By sharing the bottle I mean we bought it and ... we are home now (returned to Virginia on 25 Sept 2017) and today we had a nice lunch at Seasons 52 while having Sandra's 2016 Smart Car serviced at the nearby dealer.  Tonight I just opened this 2013 Medlock Ames Estate Red and I'm giving it some time in the decanter.  ... Read More

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


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • 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

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


  • "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

    Forum post in the topic Current thoughts on our...


  • 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


  • 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...

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  • 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.

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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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