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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Karmère Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Horton Vineyards

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

  • The Winery at La Grange

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

  • Bray Vineyards

    Bray Vineyards is located in the heart of California’s Shenandoah Valley appellation. The Shenan...

  • White Hall Vineyards

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

  • Stone Mountain Vineyards

    Wine, which we have produced in our converted apple ground cellar is added to the fruit and veget...

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  • Very nice Sunday.  I started it off with a motorcycle ride into downtown Clifton Virginia for the Bikes & Breakfast ride.  It had been raining all night but the rain stopped around 0700 so the roads were still wet but I didn't get rained on.  After the ride I came home and washed my car because it was now 61 F on a January day.  Hard to believe ... Read More

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  • Nobody told me it was Bedrock night : (I wouldn't have opened this Virginia Merlot. It's not Bedrock but for VA wine it's actually quite nice. Read More

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  • Duncan 906, we did visit Thomas Jefferson's house (Monticello) a few years ... us, as we live in Northern Virginia, close to Washington DC.  By the way, I've poured the remainder of that 2005 cab into a decanter this morning and it will get about 4-5 hours of air before I give it a second taste.  It grew on me last night, so getting some air d... Read More

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  • Really  Big Al,   Your last post and the accompanying picture of ... memories of my own visit to Virginia a few years ago to see my younger brother who married an American girl and lives in Richmond. When I was there he tooki me to see Thomas Jefferson's house which was very interesting. Thomas Jefferson was at one point in his career the US am... Read More

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  • Just got home from a nice evening in Washington DC (see Weekend Wines for ... ... ... in the southern part of Virginia.  I know it needs time in a decanter so we'll do that tomorrow with the 1/2 remaining in the bottle.  I'll just swish this around a bit at my desk for tonight.  Very decent wine for a Virginia cab but of course I would choose... Read More

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  • Sandra and I were treated to dinner tonight by our daughter-in-law's ... ... ... in Tyson's Corner Virginia called Woo Lae Oak.  This is the kind of place where they cook the meat right at your table, but in our case they cooked it at a neighboring table since we didn't have much room for all the food already on our table.  They presented us ... Read More

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  • EM - I'm glad you enjoyed that Zinfandel.  Sandra and I enjoyed two ... ... Clio from 2009 (the 2015 Virginia's Governer's Cup winner for 2015) and the second being a 2001 Av14 Clos d' Englora Monsant wine.  Life is good in Virginia tonight.  We were dining on grilled lamb chops and watching Netflix.&nbs Read More

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  • Second event for today - Holiday Cheese & Wine Class at Cheesetique in Alexandria, Virginia.  We had six cheeses and six wines to try with them tonight in this cheese class.  It was lots of fun and the end to a great day here in Northern Virginia.  Jill Erber is the owner of this Cheesetique store and she talked to the cheese items.  Jason White... Read More

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  • Today, while still in progress, is a busy one.  We started off at noon ... at RdV Vineyards, the only Virginia winery we are members of.  I think this is the second or third blind tasting we've attended and they are quite exceptional.  The idea is that RdV puts a few of their wines against some other higher-end wines of similar varietals; this... Read More

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  • As usual, a good report RBA.  Yes, life is good in Virginia.Here on the left coast we are trying a wine made from one of my least favorite grapes grown in one of my favorite vineyards. This is a god wine, even though it doesn't come close to what I normally seek.  Fairly light bodied.  Light (thankfully) hit of red fruit on introduction.  There ... 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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