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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • 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

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Vidal Blanc

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

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Doukénie Winery

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

  • AmRhein's Wine Cellar

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

  • Dillian Wines

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

  • Valhalla Vineyards

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

  • Oasis Winery

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

  • Karmère Vineyards & Winery

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

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Virginia on Snooth

  • Having been born in Virginia, I was never worried. Joining in, tonight, William.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Barolo Ristorante will cellar...


  • My fellow riding buddy Woody and I had a great motorcycle ride on our Harleys ... Distillery in Sperryville, Virginia and had a wonderful tour and tasting of whiskeys.  We each purchased two bottles, and here are the two that I brought home.  More pictures of our ride are found here:  http://www.bigal-computers.net/worms.phpEM, looks like you ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • "I just come across that way online. I'm really a jerk in the real ... ... to poison me with some Virginia wine last month too. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Barolo Ristorante will cellar...


  • Welcome to Virginia and also to Snooth!  I've only been in this forum for a few months but I've been learning quite a bit.  We came from California too (Redondo Beach back in 1991) and Virginia is just too nice to leave. Have you been up to northern Virginia and tried some of the wineries yet?  There are so many across the state but our favorite... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Last night we stopped by the two Crystal City (Virginia) Wine Shops for their free tastings.  The first shop on 12th street had three new wines from the old world - an Italian Veneto (I didn't like it), a Spanish Rose (just ok) and a French red blend (la pew).  We didn't buy any of those, but we did pick up another Rose called DMZ that's made fr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Tonight we had the pleasure of a wine club members-only dinner at the RdV winery in Delaplane, Virginia.  We enjoyed a clam and lobster bake along with beautiful weather an all the wine you wished to drink!  To top it all off, we were able to chat with a new Master Sommelier (Jarad Slipp) who was one of only a few to pass the exam this past May ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Why is Freemark Abbey even on the list? Is is 1976 again?LOL!  GregT only ... of the country. Producers in Virginia, New York, Texas, Maryland, New Mexico, Michigan, and Pennsylvania all found their way into our top 101.All said, I tend to find these "lists" hokey and horrible for the most part.  I guess I can say that I was surprised to find ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What do you think about this...


  • EM - I still have a few of the Ridge wines left, sitting in my rack where I ... the back roads in Northern Virginia.  We ended up in Remington VA for lunch and since it was the high 90's and lots of humidity out here, I had a beer (Killian's Irish Red) with my hot dog.  Then I went over to Tom's store to assemble another bookshelf before we wa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • DM - Thanks for the info on the Claret wines - I heard something similar to ... of the wine tours we had in Virginia (it was likely to have been Linden).  And that Navarro is quite nice.  We found that winery on our first tour of Somona / Napa / Anderson Valleys back in 2012 (http://www.bigal-computers.net/wine-country.php).  The owner gave us... Read More

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  • Oh, a Claret.  I've had a few of those Claret wines, and they've ... ... from Linden Vineyards in Virginia, but we drank it.  We still have a 2009 Hardscrabble from Linden Vineyards though.  http://www.virginiawinetime.com/tag/linden-vineyard Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • 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...

    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...

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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 ...

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • 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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