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

  • 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...

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

  • 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

  • Pearmund Cellars

    Voted Virginia's Favorite Winery in 2007, Pearmund Cellars is located in the beautiful foothills ...

  • Woodland Vineyard

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

  • Jefferson Vineyards

    Winery is founded in 1773. Thomas Jefferson and Mazzrei started with 400 acres, they planted vine...

  • White Hall Vineyards

    White Hall Vineyards is a farm winery located just thirteen miles from historic Charlottesville, ...

  • Karmère Vineyards & Winery

    KARMÈRE VINEYARDS AND WINERY OF SHENANDOAH VALLEY is a result of five generations of farming and ...

  • AmRhein's Wine Cellar

    We are one of Virginia’s family owned and operated wineries. Our wines have won numerous awards a...

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  • Ok, I made some nachos for my sweetie and I.  The sparkling wine is a good ... ... F day here in Northern Virgini Read More

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  • Yes, I am getting a bit low.  I haven't opened that Virginia Wasmunds scotch though and it was about $90 because it was finished in sherry casks.  It is most excellent.  Perhaps I should open that on Super Bowl Sunday? Read More

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  • RC - As with most regions, there are good wineries and not so good wineries. ... few exceptional wineries in Virginia; many are good, some mediocre.  California, Oregon and Washington probably have an order of magnitude more exceptional wineries.  Our favorite Winery in Virginia has been RdV; I think there are only a few (out of around 250) he... Read More

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  • Champagne tasting sounds like a good idea, I should try that sometime.Tonight I ... a 2010 Cabernet Franc from Virginia and while it's getting better with some air, I don't recommend it at al Read More

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  • ...Following up on my darling ADRIO........Today, I spoke with the Wine ... ... FLORIDA, NORTH CAROLINA, VIRGINIA and WASHINGTO Read More

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  • DM - The mood of the crowd was very upbeat and respectful to each other. ... ... streets as he headed over to Virginia (CIA headquarters) to give them a stupid speech on how he is at war with the media.  I think Trump's ratings are going to continue their free-fall as he signs away our freedoms and opens his big mouth.That being said, we are h... Read More

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  • I think we need to visit Stags Leap the next time we get down to Napa Valley. ... in the Reston Town Center of Virginia.  Now this event made up for my misery experienced last night at that high-end wine party.  We were given cards with $40 loaded on them to use in their tasting room and a nice assortment of food was provided to satisfy our ta... Read More

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  • Welcome Ellen.  My wife Sandra and I enjoy the California reds, the Oregon ... Oregon Pinots and yes, even Virginia wines.  We now belong to 10 wine clubs and so the wine keeps coming throughout the year, along with our separate purchases here and there.  Haven't yet been up to the Finger Lakes region however, but it's on our list.We are headin... Read More

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  • Long time lurker on both Snooth and Wine Berserkers. Why I decided to post now, ... fan). We have traveled to Virginia and love the wine country (but not the wines). Hoping to go to Oregon this year or next because I like Oregon Pinots (though the pricing is going trough the roof!).Not sure why the hate for Parker and the like. Not that I think... Read More

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  • MJ - A change of pace is a good idea when drinking wine.  I hardly ever ... ... Corner mall in Northern Virginia.  It was our usual place, Seasons 52.  In fact, we just dined there this past Monday because we were watching the grand kids at this mall while our daughter-in-law was attending one of her martial arts classes.  But this lunch toda... Read More

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  • The first annual Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail Festival... SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2009 12 pm - 6 pm at the Frontier Culture Museum 1290 Richmond Avenue · Staunton, VA Enjoy a taste of the Valley when the premier winegrowers from the Shenandoah Valley showcase their award winning wines Several area restaurants will also be featuring their signature ...

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  • The first annual Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail Festival... SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2009 12 pm - 6 pm at the Frontier Culture Museum 1290 Richmond Avenue · Staunton, VA Enjoy a taste of the Valley when the premier winegrowers from the Shenandoah Valley showcase their award winning wines Several area restaurants will also be featuring their signature ...

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  • Virginia Event Posting... which looks quite groovy. What: Vintage Virginia Wine Festival When: 5/30 & 5/31 Where: Bull Run Regional Park Special Event's Center, Centerville, VA Link to event website: http://atwproductions.com/index.php?pr=vvhome !http://i675.photobucket.com/albums/vv120/lorrainecurry_photos/Vintage-Virginia-Wine-Festi.jpg! H...

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