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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

Subregions of Virginia

Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • James River Cellars

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

  • Villa Appalaccia Winery

    A unique experience of Virginia Wine and Virginia Wineries is defined by a visit to Villa Appalac...

  • Rockbridge Vineyard

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

  • 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...

  • Barren Ridge Vineyards

    Located on the family’s former apple orchard, Barren Ridge Vineyards is now home to Augusta Cou...

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Virginia on Snooth

  • Was laughing at Darrens Special Olympics joke. Try to keep up OK! Read More

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  • ROFL, why are none of those 12 pictured the Barboursville Octagon? Read More

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  • Why does RdV not enter the competition?  Was this like the Special Olympics?  It looks like everybody got a medal!  Just busting your balls Al  :) Read More

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  • BYOB! Hey, it was 1/2 price wine night.  Why would I bring my own ... ... bring a bottle into a Virginia restaurant.  I believe we can bring a bottle into a Washington DC restaurant.So Sandra and I each had a small glass, then we put a cork in it and took it (along with the take-out food when it was ready) to Sandra's parents place, where we ... Read More

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  • We had asked the folks at RdV that question last year and they said that to enter the competition you had to make more than a minimum quantity and also that you needed to supply the judges with several cases of the wine.  They didn't think it was a necessary thing to do for promoting their wine.I don't know why those twelve bottles were shown on... Read More

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  • The 2015 Governor's Case has been announced and you can view this link to see the gold, silver and bronze medal award winners.  I might note that the 2012 Octagon won a gold medal and that RdV does not enter this competition.    Read More

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  • No worry DV, did you think I expected you all to ooh and ahh about a Bloomberg ... mostly novelties, including Virginia. Alright, time for some coffe Read More

    Forum post in the topic The World's Next Biggest Wine...


  • The Tokaji ascertion is one that I might make, though I don't wish it to ... owner and it was a winery in Virginia, which has absolutely no credibility in the larger wine world, why does the EU need to pour such an immense amount of money into a small region that is one of the oldest and most storied regions on the planet but that has no coher... Read More

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  • Greg, did you know Tokaji is one of the next big wine regions?That $95 Virginia wine seems like a good deal.  If you have deep pockets, it's easy to buy wine.  I think of "the next biggest" wine regions as producing and exporting more inexpensive, but good quality wine.  Virginia is like BC.  They make good wine, but good luck buying any of the ... Read More

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  • Sounds like an enjoyable evening Fox...always fun romanticizing and ... (work) ... ... (work) in Lewisburg West Virginia on Sunday/Monday. Was so out of it I passed my exit on the way home. Not a big deal in most places, but sucks in LA. So I knew a wine would be pulled tonight. After tasting Alain Huedlot Noellat's 2012 Chambolle recently it ... 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...

    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.

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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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