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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Viognier

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

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Chateau Morrisette

    Chateau Morrisette Winery is one of Southwest Virginia's premier destinations for award-winning w...

  • Ingleside Vineyards

    Ingleside Vineyards is nestled in the narrowest point of land between the Rappahannock and Potoma...

  • Barboursville Vineyards

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

  • AmRhein's Wine Cellar

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

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  • RC - The Cono Sur Chardonnay was decent.  That was Sandra's glass, so ... cork on this Muse blend from Virginia.  We had visited this winery in 2016 and this was their top wine at the time.  It's quite good for a Virginian wine you kno Read More

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  • Also in memory of Mr. Silva of St. Francis Winery, we opened a nice 2012 Petite ... cat feeding in Alexandria, Virginia.  On the way back home, I got on I-395 south and was quickly brought into a 45 minute delay due to a dump truck that crashed into the barrier, going our direction.  Only the right-hand lane was passable, and it had lots of dir... Read More

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  • Friday at the Fountain again tonight.  Thunderstorms were off to the west ... ... Crystal City (Arlington, Virginia) but it didn't rain until about 9 PM.  I played ping-pong for around two hours and got my ass beat though.  I was on my game too, but these two guys were good.  Had lots of fun and only drank 3 beers tonight, 2 while playing ping... Read More

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  • DM - That link isn't working.Well now, today I can edit the title.  I ... the shootiings going on in Virginia (Alexandria, 15 minutes from me) and California (San Francisco), it was announced that Trump himself is under investigation.  I'll toast to tha Read More

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  • I am Barry, and I live in Washington, DC, which boasts a large number of ... ... at Total Wine in northern Virginia.  Please advise.&nbs Read More

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  • There are some sweet, or perhaps closer to 'off-dry' red wines from Virginia.  It's interesting how many folks might start with these types of wines, but they many move on to the dry wines.  Most wineries in Virginia make a sweet or dessert wine.  Some have a rose that is closer to off-dry and perhaps it's a good time to enjoy a few rose wines. ... Read More

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  • EM - Yes, lots of older riders have their bikes shipped out to some place near ... home on the Potomac River in Virginia.  It's about a 20 minute drive from our house and a very nice place to visit.  We spent about 6 hours there, including having lunch and eating their special peanut soup.  Once we were back home and the ladies were on their w... Read More

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  • Remember that tasty Bulgarian wine that was determined to be the best from our ... shop, Unwined in Alexandria, Virginia.  Vanessa special ordered it for me and she is the shop owner.  I visit this wine shop on Tuesdays now, because it's in the same shopping area where I feed rescue cats. &nbs Read More

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  • So that backs up the theory that most Zinfandel's don't age ... may be ... ... may be wrong.So, if your Virginia wine buddies are the ones who are propagating the "Zin does not age" myth, please slap them around for me.;-)So, what were they rehearsing at the symphon Read More

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  • We attended the 2017 Virginia's Gold Cup (horse races) yesterday.  It rained most of the time but we had a great time anyway - drinking wine and sharing wine too.  Check out my pictures here. 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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