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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • AmRhein's Wine Cellar

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

  • Naked Mountain Vineyard & Winery

    Naked Mountain now produces over 6000 cases a year and is open seven days a week. In order to mee...

  • White Hall Vineyards

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

  • Doukénie Winery

    Doukénie Winery strives to produce the finest wines possible and to give our patrons an education...

  • The Winery at La Grange

    Very rich in history and very rich in wine, the new Winery at La Grange opened September 2006 as ...

  • Michael Shaps

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

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  • Tonight we are opening a second bottle of wine because it's Super Tuesday ... ... being decided, including Virginia.  Sandra and I both voted earlier this afternoon, doing what is necessary to stop Mr. T.  In any case, it was also Cat Tuesday (more important to me than Super Tuesday) and this sweet girl is called Belle.  She is a calico mix an... Read More

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  • To cap off another day of 'Cat Tuesday', where this silly kitty called ... ... this afternoon here in Virginia. &nbs Read More

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  • Welcome, TWW, we are very pleased to have you join us. There are a few ... see ... see that you are located in Virginia.  We have a couple other regular contributors from you patch of the U.S.  Feel free to also keep us up to date on the local wine industr Read More

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  • Oh yeah!  This 2009 Cabernet Franc from Barboursville is most excellent after an hour being decanted.  However, Sandra's parents just canceled on coming over for dinner due to a big storm that is in our area.  I'm talking lighting, hail and lots of rain.  Oh, there were some tornadoes south of us too.  I'm staying inside tonight. Read More

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  • Some of the Virginia wineries don't submit their wines to the competition - we've asked a few of them like RdV in Delaplane, VA.  It is a significant cost to submit several cases of wine, plus you need enough production to have a minimum number of bottles available for purchase.  Tonight we are serving pasta to Sandra's parents so I am now decan... Read More

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  • Hahaha, Al I don't think I'll make it to Oregon in March.  There's a bike race in Seattle I'll be going to in May, but that's about as close as it gets.  Why not pop up to Victoria?  Free accommodations!How come the Octagon didn't make that list? Read More

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  • It's good to see that other folks shop at Total Wine too.  I don't ... visit wineries out here in Virginia.&nbs Read More

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  • Well, even though the Hague Winery didn't win any medals this time in the 2016 Governor's Cup, I decided to open a 2013 Meritage that was in my rack.  Not bad but of course a few more years would probably help.   Read More

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  • I'll be in Oregon the 3rd week of March.  Are you coming down from the great far north? Read More

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  • Cool.  Get one and bring it out here this summer! I'd like to try the Petit Verdot. 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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