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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  • Viognier

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Vidal Blanc

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

  • 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...

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Virginia Wineworks

    Located in the former Montdomaine winery just 12 miles south of Charlottesville, Virginia Winewor...

  • Oasis Winery

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

  • Tarara Winery

    At Tarara, we strive to cultivate wines that pour a classic taste of our surroundings into the gl...

  • Young's Vineyard

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

  • Rockbridge Vineyard

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

  • James River Cellars

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

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Virginia on Snooth

  • Substantial? Go to the market right now and I dare you to find three, strike that two different Viogniers on the shelf. I know of only a handful out of the hundreds of wineries in Sonoma County who bottle a stand alone Viognier. The only one drinkable so far has been the Jemrose Egret Pond. Every one of the wineries last night made a Viognier. I... Read More

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  • Great report, OT. Thanks.My limited experience with VA wines is from last decade and the one before. Very similar to your descriptions, though even weaker. Perhaps they'll get it in another decade or so. But they don't have the critical mass of market and winemakers and climate and just-plain competition there that CA (and later the Pacific NW) ... Read More

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  • I think they are still in their infancy finding what works for their climate. Warm and humid so they need to grow grapes with loose clusters or face rot issues. Someone there needs to try an early pick when the sugars don't overtake the acidity and make a wine with some verve. California is still just getting into it's stride with regards to Syr... Read More

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  • Just got home after having dinner following the tasting. Met up with Mr and Mrs eMark who were in town for the NASCAR race at Sears Point over the weekend. Foxall was a gametime scratch due to a nagging injury so my better half stepped in in his place. Mrs eMark was happy to have another woman to chat with. My overall take was it was OK. There w... Read More

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  • I'm hearing good things about the Barboursville Octagons. Not sure what they will be pouring though at Starks I would imagine that wine would fall in line. Thibaut-Janisson Blanc de Chardonnay and Stinson are also getting some positive chatter. Looking forward to this.   Read More

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  • Ok, but I would be really interested to hear what y'all think of these alien wines ;-) Read More

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  • Stay in your comfort zone OT.  Don't trust these imposter states that say they make wine.  Just meet EMark and Fox and have the usual suspects.  You'd at least know it couldn't be better  :) Read More

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  • I'm game and so is the rest  of the crew.  Don't worry DV,  we are only using this as a stepping stone into the wines we already planned on drinking. The venue just changed and we added appetizers. Read More

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  • “The Worthy Collection is a charity t shirts -influenced apparel line that enables people to give back to society. The companies founders intend to use art and fashion as their primary vehicles to be at the forefront of positive change and to create a “giving movement.” Read More

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  • We are here in Sonoma , from Northern Virginia. Familiar with most of these vineyards. Sounds like a local imitation of the Paris tasting from the 70's. Could be interesting!  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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