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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

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...

  • Veritas Vineyard & Winery

    "Veritas Winery, a family business owned by Andrew and Patricia Hodson,opened for business in Jun...

  • Bray Vineyards

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

  • Young's Vineyard

    Young's is one of the first vineyards you come to after turning onto Shenandoah Road in Plymouth....

  • Bella Piazza Winery

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

  • Naked Mountain Vineyard & Winery

    Naked Mountain now produces over 6000 cases a year and is open seven days a week. In order to mee...

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Virginia on Snooth

  • Early Mountain Vineyards Foothills 2015

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    68% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 8% Syrah, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot. 10 months in French oak - 75% neutral, 25% new. Purple to ruby color. Very aromatic with tart red fruits - cranberry. Some earthy and blackberry notes as well. Zesty acidity.Dusty tannins which build on finish. Small hit of white pepper on finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Early Mountain Vineyards Rose 2016

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    60% Merlot, 25% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec. Stainless steel fermentation, less than 24 hours with skins on. Traditional French style. Light peach color. Floral nose. Lots of strawberry notes. A zesty crowd pleaser with a bright fruity finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Early Mountain Vineyards Chardonnay 2016

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    94% Chardonnay, 6% Pinot Gris. Neutral oak, less than 20% new oak. Very pale color. A little salted butter on nose. Coconut, pear, and lemon zest. Cream notes mid palate. Delicate finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Early Mountain Vineyards Five Forks 2016

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    47% Petit Manseng, 30% Sauvignon Blanc, 13% Viognier, 5% Muscat, 5% Pinot Gris. Stainless steel, neutral oak, and concrete egg. Honeysuckle, lemon, apple, and pear. Sweetly grassy, like sugar snap peas. Apple peel on finish. Bracing, crisp acidity. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Gabriele Rausse Winery Kalian Monbazillac 2014

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    70% Semillon, 30% Sauvignon Blanc. Approx. 12% residual sugar. High alcohol. Laser-like acidity. Lemon notes with floral finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Gabriele Rausse Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014

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    100% Cabernet Sauvignon (very impressive for the region). 11 months in barrel. Ruby-garnet color. Red and black fruits, earthy, a little herbaceous on nose. Typical currant note on palate. Light on tannins. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Gabriele Rausse Winery Cabernet Franc 2015

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    80% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. 9 months in both steel and oak. Very aromatic with blackberry and tomato leaf notes. Medium body, dusty tannins. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Gabriele Rausse Winery Nebbiolo Reserve 2013

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    100% Nebbiolo. Red to brick red color. Cedar and cherry on nose and palate. Moderate tannin. Silky, balanced finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Gabriele Rausse Winery Merlot 2014

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    100% Merlot. 6 months in neutral oak. Ruby color. Lightly earthy nose. Firm tannins at front of palate and again on finish. Lots of black fruit on finish. I think it needs more time in the bottle. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Gabriele Rausse Winery Dry Rose 2016

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    40% Cabernet Franc, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Malbec. Soft peachy pink in color. Gently aromatic - strawberry, some light herbal grassy notes. Very fruity finish. 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...

    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 ...

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


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

    Comment by 244697ams009 244697 ams009


  • 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...

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


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