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...

  • Vidal Blanc

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

  • 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...

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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...

  • Prince Michel Vineyards

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

  • Barboursville Vineyards

    Defying the unanimous advice of government officials, land owners, and bankers to plant tobacco a...

  • Stone Mountain Vineyards

    Wine, which we have produced in our converted apple ground cellar is added to the fruit and veget...

  • Woodland Vineyard

    Woodland Vineyard is a small family-owned and operated vineyard and farm winery located in Midlot...

  • Michael Shaps

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

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  • RC - You charge for friends to come over and drink your wine?  Or are you ... that we learned about at our Virginia wine tasting party on the previous day.  It was about 1.5 hours to drive almost to Harper's Ferry, close to the Maryland border in Northern Virginia.  First up was the Doukenie Winery - beautiful place but we only liked their Cha... Read More

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  • Yesterday we conducted another wine tasting party at our friends Sally & ... ... house in Chantilly, Virginia.  I certainly like this method of running the event at another person's house so I don't have to deal with food preparation and things of this nature.  Anyway, the theme for this blind tasting was Virginia wines, so everyone brought a... Read More

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  • Yesterday, being a beautiful Saturday here in Northern Virginia, started with a motorcycle ride with fellow WORMS members down to Stonewall Harley-Davidson in Orange, VA for their 24th Annual Big Damn Bike Show.  Check out the WORMS link to see some pictures of Sandra and myself, along with my buddy Woody.  We rode our 2014 Harley Ultra Limited,... Read More

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  • "Beginning of the week, trying to come back to earth from all that great ... offering of Vidal Blanc from Virginia."Now that's a dash of cold water after the riesling luxury of recent days. How many bottles did you bring/ship bac Read More

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  • Just to let you all know, Stephen Curry went to Charlotte Christian High School ... offering of Vidal Blanc from Virginia. Actually not a bad early week starter. Fairly simple with a bit of grassiness, some decent lemon peel/citrus notes and a fair amount of acidit Read More

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  • RICHARD - i find food and wine pairings by "just folks" better to ... couple woodsy Viogniers from Virginia but that about it - any recommendations.&nbs Read More

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  • As an FYI, this is a pick up from the store idea, as I want to enjoy it on ... ... ... to ship wine to Northern Virginia. Now Total Wine has a 15% off coupon for Italian wines this week.  I was hoping they would issue a more general discount coupon, but the suggestion of an older Borolo (Nebbiolo) from JD does sound good.  I'll have the time t... Read More

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  • This past Memorial Day weekend continued with Rolling Thunder on Sunday ... or ... ... or move away - our West Virginia group didn't come out this year because the folks they usually stay with ended up moving back to West Virginia earlier in May.  So it was just three of us WORMS (Woody, Sandra and myself) and thousands of our fellow riders. ... Read More

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  • "D, not everything winds up on the internet, at least not via the usual ... ... those poor souls over in Virginia can get a lot of good stuff at low prices as long as they have web access. As with the sparkling we both talked about above.Sounds like a great drive, and the kind of traveling that I also preferred to do even on work, when schedul... Read More

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  • "And, of course, RBA is on the East Coast, so getting Cali wines ... ... around the world--even to Virginia!  ; 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...

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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?

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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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