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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • 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...

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  • Blenheim Vineyards

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

  • Barboursville Vineyards

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

  • Young's Vineyard

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

  • Tarara Winery

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

  • Peaks of Otter Winery

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

  • Bella Piazza Winery

    Situated in a picturesque setting in Shenandoah Valley, Bella Piazza is surrounded by rolling vin...

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Virginia on Snooth

  • King Family Vineyards Petit Verdot 2010

    Snoothrank:

    Lightly fruity nose, lots of raspberry. Silky tannins build to a strong finish full of bright red fruit. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Jefferson Vineyards Petit Verdot 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Deep garnet color. Rich, jammy nose with cherry and blackberry notes. Very fruit forward with a subtle pepper character. More prominent spice on the palate intensifying towards a juicy finish. Edgy but structured. Yum! Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Well, we've been catching up on a lot of things on our return to the Inland Empire.Let me add this to OT's report on the VA wines.  I found that, consistently, the VA wines do not "slap you in the face with fruit."  So, often, California wines are "cherry" or "blackberry" or "grapefruit."   There were only two wines in the VA tastings that did t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Virginia Wine in Santa Rosa


  • OT- your buddy Ledson makes a Viognier- and I even saw it in a market in Glen Ellen!  ;-)  Right in your own back yard! Read More

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  • Sorry to hear about the health issue Fox, that sounds substantial indeed.Re: the Viognier thing, Jaffurs made one that impressed me at a tasting, though it's one of those wines that can smell amazing and the palate seems to be merely good if you're lucky. The only Condrieu I've had was all sorts of out of whack. Read More

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  • Because..."Met up with Mr and Mrs eMark who were in town for the NASCAR race at Sears Point over the weekend."Peggy cooks for one of the race teams. They had to be here when the team was here racing. I know, technicalities...That salad was ridiculous. The server was not on the ball either. You having to ask for ice a second time should not have ... Read More

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  • Your market carries Alban and Thackrey anything? Yeah right. I said market not K&L. So where's Al now that the focus is on his backyard? I asked eMark to photograph the wine list at Starks last night but he refused. Read More

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  • Yeah, I have to agree with Foxall... I see a lot of Viognier- but I don't shop at the market for my wine either, so that may skew the data..  Paso Robles makes a lot of Viognier, as does some of the SCM wineries, other central coast areas, and even in Oakland (Rockwall makes a viognier).  But I do agree with OT about the quality of most Viognier... Read More

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  • Stolpman, McManiis, Alban (ALBAN!), Denner, Cold Heaven, even Sean Thackrey...Geez, that was too easy. Not much call for it?  Reminds me of the Monty Python Cheese Shop sketch.  At 3:45:"Well, let's keep it simple then. Cheddar?""Well, I'm afraid we don't get much call for it around these parts, sir.""Why, it's the single most popular cheese in ... Read More

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  • Sonoma doesn't have a ton, but many Central Coast wineries make it as a stand alone (which is what they do in France, where it's from, y'know).  Calera, Melville, Au Bon Climat, Roar, Jaffurs all do one and Qupe does a few.  Then there's Bonterra in Mendo, Cristom in OR, Darioush and Joseph Phelps in Napa. K&L has a bunch more. I saw another hal... 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?

    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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