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

  • AmRhein's Wine Cellar

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

  • Young's Vineyard

    Young's is one of the first vineyards you come to after turning onto Shenandoah Road in Plymouth....

  • Bella Piazza Winery

    Situated in a picturesque setting in Shenandoah Valley, Bella Piazza is surrounded by rolling vin...

  • Michael Shaps

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

  • DelFosse Vineyards & Winery

    DelFosse Vineyards and Winery specializes in premium high end varietal wines that express the Vir...

  • Bray Vineyards

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

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  • EM - Those steaks were covered with a home-made combination of herbs and spices ... ... more snow to Northern Virginia.  We already have three inches and they expect six inches before it switches to freezing rain.  Oh lovely.  We cancelled the walk with Sandra's parents in the mall and also watching the grandkids tonight.  I do plan to send Sa... Read More

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  • Looking to get into the mid-60's this weekend, the car needs a bath!Finishing off this Virginia Meritage that the CFO's father brought us. He lives in Reston VA, pretty much in RBA's back yard.We've had a few samples of Rockbridge wines, nothing to write home about. This is one of their better offerings but still only worth the consuming for the... Read More

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  • It's Superbowl Sunday!  We started out this afternoon with a trip into ... all good here in Northern Virgini Read More

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  • VV - That Pinot Noir looks very nice.  I shall try it if I see one in a ... to dine in downtown Fairfax, Virginia.  Anyway, The Wine House offers a nice selection of foods and there is plenty of wine since it's also a wine shop.  If you pick a bottle from the shelf and enjoy it with your meal, you pay the price on the shelf.  If you take it ho... Read More

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  • I don't remember tasting a Pinot Noir from Virginia.  Was it worth the money you paid V V?  Read More

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  • If you have a chance to try some wines from Virginia, I can recommend a few to look for.  Going outside the USA, My wife and I have enjoyed several wines from Chile and Argentina, and of course many European wines from Spain, Italy and even a few from France.  Have you traveled the world, perhaps not leaving the glass but bringing it along for t... Read More

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  • This one is for OT, whom I hope to meet in person some day and share a glass of Virginia wine with! Read More

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  • Yes, welcome to the forum Estella.  Many of us have enjoyed Ridge wines, ... to our moving out here to Virginia in 1991.  Anyway, we initially ordered a dozen oysters and two glasses of Chardonnay (French for Sandra, New Zealand for me) and since the conversation was so interesting we stayed a bit longer and ordered another 1/2 dozen oysters a... Read More

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  • Chris and Cassie,For now just keep trying.  Use a notebook to write down ... be go to some wineries in Virginia this summer.  Big Al, can you point them in the right directio Read More

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  • Welcome Chris and Cassie!That was a great introduction.  You will get lots ... ... on the forum who live in Virginia.  They could point you in the direction of some good wineries there.  My opinion would be for you to start with an easy going Pinot Noir.  NOT Meiomi!  Other guys will help you with a good example of what I mean.  I'd say an Oreg... 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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