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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Sugarleaf Vineyards

    Residing on a breathtaking estate, Sugarleaf Vineyards has evolved before our eyes into a mesmeri...

  • Barboursville Vineyards

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

  • Horton Vineyards

    Wine lover and entrepreneur Dennis Horton began his winemaking venture with a small home viney...

  • Michael Shaps

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

  • Villa Appalaccia Winery

    A unique experience of Virginia Wine and Virginia Wineries is defined by a visit to Villa Appalac...

  • Tarara Winery

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

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  • To get a better feel for the grape and what it can and should do, you guys ... ... ... effort at this stage in Virginia. For what it's worth, CF and sauvignon blanc are CS' parents, genetically.In France it tends to be more feminine than the CS which is harder to control and guarantee under their historical growing conditions. More CF (bouche... Read More

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  • Terrance - here are some others you might want to try.Milbrandt, Chateau St. ... ... but not too bad.Even in Virginia they have some - Barboursville puts one out and I think there are others - maybe see if Trump has one.From Italy there's Santa Margherita, and better, Alois Lageder, which is way better than the Cavit, and there's also Haas an... Read More

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  • Nice cab there EM.  Pitty you don't have another one.  And OT, ... ... for you boys to try a Virginia Bordeaux-style wine, like RdV.It was Cat Tuesday for me, along with it being Sandra's 55th birthday.  Now she is less than 2 weeks until retirement, which comes on 01 Nov 2015.  Tonight we drained the bottle of 2009 RdV Lost Horizons, and I o... Read More

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  • I'm heading out the door soon to pour wine (as a volunteer) at the Reston ... ... Town Center in northern Virginia is a nice place to dine.  Back when I was a working man I was on a program where my office was up near there.  Ahhhhhh.....retirement... Read More

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  • I'm getting into the holiday spirit now, and it's not even Halloween ... ... fall weather out here in Virginia.  If you have any special needs regarding the sending and receipt of wine in the Secret Santa exchange, be sure to send me a private message.  I ignore most of them but I just might read yours, so give it a sho Read More

    Forum post in the topic Secret Santa 2015


  • You guys have been enjoying yourselves too much.  EM's 7-day coastal ... Meritage reminds me of some Virginia wines of the same name for the grape(s), and I'm glad to hear you enjoyed i Read More

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  • Yesterday was my weekly 'Cat Tuesday', where I feed rescue cats at ... ... ... it was better than the Virginia Cab Franc's I've recently tasted from Virginia wineries, except for maybe Muse Vineyards which I just loved.  I don't think RdV offers a Cab Franc, so I can't compare it to their Bordeaux blends.  Both of these wines are recommended ... Read More

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  • Ah, another fine Saturday.  We're heading out this evening to see a ... ... carrier to my state of Virginia however, so maybe that's what I paid the $6.00 for?  Who knows.  Decent win Read More

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  • Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Got to say, for a budget Cab. It has a nice taste. No issue serving this Read More

    Wine review by jabotica


  • Today being Saturday we wanted to go out for a bit before relaxing in front of ... District again in Fairfax Virginia; we were there earlier this past week when we dined at the Brine restaurant.  There are many places here we have not yet explored fully, so each time is a bit of an adventure.  Today we tried the lunch faire at True Food, more ... 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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