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

  • Merlot

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

  • Vidal Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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...

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Michael Shaps

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

  • Gray Ghost Vineyards

    Gray Ghost, a family owned and operated winery, is placing Virginia on the international wine map...

  • Valhalla Vineyards

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

  • Chateau Morrisette

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

  • Virginia Wineworks

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

  • Pearmund Cellars

    Voted Virginia's Favorite Winery in 2007, Pearmund Cellars is located in the beautiful foothills ...

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Virginia on Snooth

  • I am Barry, and I live in Washington, DC, which boasts a large number of ... ... at Total Wine in northern Virginia.  Please advise.&nbs Read More

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  • There are some sweet, or perhaps closer to 'off-dry' red wines from Virginia.  It's interesting how many folks might start with these types of wines, but they many move on to the dry wines.  Most wineries in Virginia make a sweet or dessert wine.  Some have a rose that is closer to off-dry and perhaps it's a good time to enjoy a few rose wines. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth WIne Club


  • EM - Yes, lots of older riders have their bikes shipped out to some place near ... home on the Potomac River in Virginia.  It's about a 20 minute drive from our house and a very nice place to visit.  We spent about 6 hours there, including having lunch and eating their special peanut soup.  Once we were back home and the ladies were on their w... Read More

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


  • Remember that tasty Bulgarian wine that was determined to be the best from our ... shop, Unwined in Alexandria, Virginia.  Vanessa special ordered it for me and she is the shop owner.  I visit this wine shop on Tuesdays now, because it's in the same shopping area where I feed rescue cats. &nbs Read More

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


  • Sometimes we get used to paying upwards of $100 for a nice bottle of wine from ... a wine shop in Alexandria, Virginia.  Only $13, and yes - it's a 2015 vintage.  The shop owner recommends drinking this one now, or laying it down for just a few years.  I opened it and wow, I was impressed by the nose and the taste.  My wife says it lacks compl... Read More

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  • So that backs up the theory that most Zinfandel's don't age ... may be ... ... may be wrong.So, if your Virginia wine buddies are the ones who are propagating the "Zin does not age" myth, please slap them around for me.;-)So, what were they rehearsing at the symphon Read More

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  • We attended the 2017 Virginia's Gold Cup (horse races) yesterday.  It rained most of the time but we had a great time anyway - drinking wine and sharing wine too.  Check out my pictures here. Read More

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  • Every day is a good day to relax when you're retired.  That being ... ... a few bottles of wine from Virginia, namely the Barboursville Vineyards Octagon and Muse Vineyards Calliope.  We do love the Octagon wine, and there are many in our wine cellar.  Muse won the Virginia Governor's Cup a few years ago with one of their other red wines.  Bot... Read More

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  • Well, looky here.  Another wine-stained label.  How, ever does this ... ... as cool as going to the Virginia Gold Cup, I spend Sunday restoring my garage from the disarray of yesterday's plumbing project.  My car is now properly parked in the garage.  For those of you homeowners who have never dealt with a re-piping project (and I truly hope ... Read More

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  • Here's the story by Vine Pair, which has made for some decent reads from my ... domestic region being North Virginia. Nearby, there's Baja and Canada.Tasmania and Croatia we've heard about for a while longer, and seem to have a bit more Cree than the aforementioned upstarts.Georgia is getting a lot of buzz lately, from some people I respect as ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 10 Up and Coming Wine Regions


  • 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 ...

    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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