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

  • Vidal Blanc

    Vidal Blanc has proven to be amongst the versatile varietals in North American viticulture. In Canadian vineyards, th...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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

  • White Hall Vineyards

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

  • Oasis Winery

    Just under an hour drive from our Nations Capitol near the Blue Ridge Mountains, lies the world f...

  • Bella Piazza Winery

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

  • Jefferson Vineyards

    Winery is founded in 1773. Thomas Jefferson and Mazzrei started with 400 acres, they planted vine...

  • Virginia Wineworks

    Located in the former Montdomaine winery just 12 miles south of Charlottesville, Virginia Winewor...

  • James River Cellars

    Located in historic Hanover County in Glen Allen, Virginia, 10 miles North of Richmond, 10 miles ...

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  • Virginia swill?  Ouch.  I think Al really got under your skin there. Read More

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  • Yeah, I really need to stock up on that Virginia swill. Been eyeballing all the $8 Chilean and Argentinian Malbec at Cost Plus with my tongue hanging out too ;)On second thought I like the sand on my own beach and I have nearly 1,000 local beaches to pick from. Once I'm done sticking my toes in them maybe I'll decide it's time to import sand fro... Read More

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  • Interesting wine rack; is that in a basement, under a chimney?  Anyway, ... ... Wine stores out here in Virginia.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Enophiles!


  • Horton Vineyards Concord Orange County Sweet Concord NV

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    Wine review by kkchong


  •  I personally have enjoyed the Montoya Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, and I ... from Total Wines out here in Virginia.   _________sun Read More

    Forum post in the topic Red fruity smooth wine


  • Virginia doesn't have the climate to grow Pinot. That's why they stick with Bordeaux Varieties, Petite Manseng and other more obscure grapes that aren't grown in Cali. Not sure why they even try. Read More

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  • OK JD, here's two bad reviews in a row, hope someone shows up soon with ... ... really diggin' this Virginia Pinot. Notes of cherry cough syrup, somewhat metallic on the back end with light to moderate acidity and (unfortunately) a medium to long finish.&nbs Read More

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  • Rockbridge Pinot Noir 2010

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    Not really diggin' this Virginia Pinot. Notes of cherry cough syrup, somewhat metallic on the back end with light to moderate acidity and (unfortunately) a medium to long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery Dragon's Breath NV

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    Fermented honey with chipotle and jalapeno peppers. This has a great bite that paired excellently with sharp cheddar cheese. Really unique offering that basically saved a lackluster tasting. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery Hunter's Moon NV

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    I expected to like this pumpkin mead -- I love pumpkin goods and baking spice aromas -- but this was a huge disappointment. It doesn't taste like pumpkin, or frankly anything appetizing, at all. The notes and flavors are muddled and disjointed. I couldn't even bring myself to take a second sip. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • 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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