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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Popular wines made in Virginia under $20

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Varietals Produced in Virginia View all

  • Viognier

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Gray Ghost Vineyards

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

  • Peaks of Otter Winery

    Located at the foot of the Peaks of Otter and near the National D-day Memorial. Our ancestors set...

  • Dye's Vineyards

    Rural Retreat Winery & Vineyards, LLC purchased Dye's Vineyards Feb 2007. Dye's previously had be...

  • AmRhein's Wine Cellar

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

  • Chateau Morrisette

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

  • Young's Vineyard

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

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Virginia on Snooth

  • I'm sure you all have them, those prized bottles that you're saving for ... nice red blend from their Virginia wine club. This particular wine only goes out to their wine club members Second - We plated a marinated grilled sirloin with roasted mustard greens, kale and potatoes. With this we poured 2003 Scherrer Alexandar Valley Cab. I must admi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Hi, ReallyBigAl!How wonderful for you to live in a growing wine area. Virginia has really found its place in the wine industry, and is getting the recognition it deserves.Frankly, I haven't met a wine type I don't like. Dry and off-dry are my choices for most meals, and I like a good sweet wine for dessert every now and again. Red, white, or ros... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Welcome Becky.  I'm out here in Northern Virginia, where we have over two hundred wineries.  My wife and I have visited a few dozen so far, but each year we try to increase that number.  Tell us a little bit about your preferences in wine - red, white, dry, sweet, and things of this nature.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Triple digits as in the temperature in degrees Farenheit?  It must really ... ... humidity too in Northern Virginia.  My Zinfandel tonight was deliciou Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Nice to see folks enjoying some quality wines.  We've been to the ... ... Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia.  Lots of cats there and we watched a few of the cat judging activities.  I'll stick to rescue kitties though.  After that we drove Sandra's Smart car over to the Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton Virginia for a little wine tasting.  S... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Hey, Sandra's rack is something to be enjoyed and shared among our friends. ... have won some level of the Virginia Governor's Cup for their 2012 Meritage wine which of course is no longer available for sale.  We bought the 2013 release and it was pretty tasty.  In fact we bought four bottles altogether this afternoon.  The weather was fine and... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • "This Madison County, Virginia red blend started off half way decent but faded fast."Hey V V, I don't take it personally.  I fade pretty fast was the evening comes to a close.  I suggest you drink those Virginia wines quickly.Tonight we drank a Chilean wine, specifically a 2010 Grey Cabernet Sauvignon that was very nice.  We tasted this wine at ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Early Mountain Vineyards Red Vine 2012


    This Virginia red blend started off half way decent but faded fast. A blend of 38% Merlot, 27% Cab Franc, 14% Malbec, 11% Cab Sauv and 10% Petit Verdot, initial impression came across with some red berries, a touch of earth and a hint of oak. All of this dissipated fairly quickly leaving a hint of fruit, slightly chalky tannins and medium short ... Read More

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  • RBA, thought we'd try this bottle tonight with some corn o'cob and ... ... broil.This Madison County, Virginia red blend started off half way decent but faded fast. A blend of 38% Merlot, 27% Cab Franc, 14% Malbec, 11% Cab Sauv and 10% Petit Verdot, initial impression came across with some red berries, a touch of earth and a hint of oak. All o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • I'm drinking the last bottle of a cheap Cabernet Sauvignon this afternoon ... weather out here in Northern Virginia has been very nice recently and the remainder of this week is predicted to be nice too.  Nice out here means lower humidity, but that's something the people in California really need right no 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: 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. 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: 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: Official promotional page with all kinds of information on tickets, lodging, etc.:

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • Brought to you by the kind permission from the folks at "Virginia Wine Lovers" magazine: Virginia Wine Events, September, 2009: 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: 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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