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

  • 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...

  • 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...

Subregions of Virginia

Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Blenheim Vineyards

    Established in 2000 by owner Dave Matthews (* Yes: THAT Dave Matthews), Blenheim Vineyards is a f...

  • Prince Michel Vineyards

    Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery is located in "the heart of Virginia wine country", 35 minutes ...

  • Barren Ridge Vineyards

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

  • Valhalla Vineyards

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

  • Veritas Vineyard & Winery

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

  • Oasis Winery

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

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Virginia on Snooth

  • JS:  You would have loved the blind wine tasting class my wife Sandra and I took at RdV in Virginia recently with a Master Sommelier Jarad Slipp.  It is very helpful to have an expert telling you how your sense of smell and your taste buds interact to help you identify what is in your glass.  I"m not able to detect many of the nuances in wine th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A strong desire to learn more...


  • Okay, I relate to passing on the Virginia swill, having been pretty unimpressed the last time I was there.  But the "sand on my own beach" line sounds more and more provincial to my ear.  After all, the reference points for those wines are somewhere else, except Zinfandel.  Not like we're drinking Mission or Catawba here. North America has no na... Read More

    Forum post in the topic vintage wine


  • Yes, welcome to the forum.  We're just south of you, enjoying the freezing rain in Virginia at the moment. Read More

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  • GT - that link you provided early in this topic brought back memories of our ... trip down to Charlottesville Virginia last August and the wineries we visited down there.  One of them was the Barren Ridge Vineyards and it was there where we tasted a bottle of Albemarle that was purchased in auction from the Kludge estate.  It was so good that ... Read More

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


  • V V - Reston is a place where Sandra & I both worked for several years - ... moved out here to Northern Virginia in 1991.  The Wine Cabinet has been in business for eleven years but this was our first visit.  We've only been serious about wine for maybe 5 or 6 years now, so that's why.  Our wine adventure started with a glass in fancy restaura... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Today my sweetie and I went to taste wines at two wine shops in Northern Virginia.  First up was The Wine Cabinet in Reston VA and this was special because they were tasting several Duckhorn wines!  We are members of the Duckhorn wine club (red wines only though) and at this tasting we sampled a few of their whites, specifically Decoy the Sauvig... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Several cases of wine?  What are these judges?  Mafia?  I'd tell them to pound sand as well.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Virginia's Governor's Cup...


  • 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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  • 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.

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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...

    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...

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