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...

  • 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...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Chardonnay

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

Subregions of Virginia

Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Peaks of Otter Winery

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

  • Ingleside Vineyards

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

  • Paradise Springs of Clifton

    The site of Paradise Springs Winery lies on 36 acres nestled in the quiet corner of Clifton, VA o...

  • Pearmund Cellars

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

  • Rockbridge Vineyard

    Rockbridge Vineyard is the fruition of Shepherd Rouse's dream to make fine wine in his native sta...

  • Tarara Winery

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

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  • I'm using the Chrome browser and it's sideways.  Outthere will be ... seven in CA / OR and one in Virginia (RdV).  Here's two links for pictures and comments of our trips to Napa in 2012 and 2013.  Both times we rented a luxury car to see how the other half lives.  Those trips were a blast, and good thing I wasn't driving as we toured a few wi... Read More

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  • EM - My parents lived on West 232nd Street in Torrance.  Sandra's ... ... to join Sandra and myself in Virginia, sometime around 1993.V V - My only concern would be the amount of light that could enter the room.  Would you be willing to keep it dark with the drapes drawn for most of the time?  How about other options to keep the light out of t... Read More

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  • I'll join in on the fun.  It's no fun searching for something old ... course (we live in Northern Virginia) but it does get up to 70 F in the summer.  So far our wine appears to be fine.  We have a small wine refrigerator that I received on my 25-year work anniversary.  I ended up putting in 31 years prior to retirement at age 5 Read More

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  • Prince Michel Barrel Select Chardonnay Virginia 2010

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    Pretty darn good for Virginia chardonnay. Decent amount of creamy lemon, not overly oaked but there is some noticeable and low to medium acidity. The finish is short to medium in length. There are much better $20 Cali chards out there but for VA, worth the experience. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Yes, Virginia does have a nice collection of wineries to visit. Sarah, you appear to like sweet wines and I started out that way - specifically with plum wines from the grocery store.  Most Virginia wineries offer a sweet wine or two, generally as a desert wine.  What part of Virginia are you from?  I'm close to Washington DC, more specifically ... Read More

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  • Let me add my welcome, Sarah Kate.  Muscadine is something that is pretty ... ... Forum participants from Virginia.  I'm sure that Really Big Al will be happy to jump in here and share his knowledge of Virginia wineries with yo Read More

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  • Welcome, Sarah, and it's good to see you getting so enthusiastic about ... ... of our board regulars are in Virginia, so perhaps they may pipe up with some to-the-point advice. Read More

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  • I used to think I just didn't like wine, but after finding one made from my ... since I live in the heart of Virginia wine country and am bloody surrounded by beautiful vineyards.  I've thought about going for wine tastings but I don't know anyone here to go with and I think I'd feel out of place since I'm a novice.I look forward to learning ..... Read More

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  • Breaux Vineyards Chere Marie 2012

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    One of my favorite Breaux wines. Suitable for any occasion. Read More

    Wine review by dissaann


  • EM - I understand what you mean about having the bottle for an evening as your ... have wine  bars here in Virginia and of course in Washington DC.  Even a Whole Foods in Fairlakes VA (about 20 minutes from here) has a nice wine bar upstairs.  They use those dispensing machines and you purchase some amount of money on a card that you then inse... 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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  • 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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