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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

  • 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, ...

  • Oak Crest Vineyard & Winery

    A Long time effort by the Conrad Brandts family culminated in the opening of Oak Crest Winery in...

  • Woodland Vineyard

    Woodland Vineyard is a small family-owned and operated vineyard and farm winery located in Midlot...

  • 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...

  • Peaks of Otter Winery

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

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  • The second day (Thursday) was to be full of fun and excitement.  We did wine tastings at three wineries (Keswick Vineyards, Jefferson Vineyards and then First Colony Winery) and then sat down for a wine dinner (Tastings of Charlottesville) before walking over to the Louis Black performance at the Paramont Theater in Charlottesville.  Lots of pic... Read More

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  • Oh, I moved the pictures from the first day winery (Barboursville) down here so the introduction wasn't so long.  Lessons Learned and such. Read More

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  • My next posting will cover wine tasting the next day..... Read More

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  • Ok, how about some pictures from our first dinner in Charlottesville on Wednesday night?  We walked over to Public Fish & Oysters in Charlottesville.  Starting with a plate of oysters on the half-shell, we proceeded with a shared salad and bread plate, then Sandra had some sort of cooked oysters wrapped in bacon, while I enjoyed the jumbo shrimp... Read More

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  • Now.... now,  REALLY BIG AL....you need to be writing A BOOK.....Promise amour, that you will save all of theses photos and posts and combine!I can assist you with editing for FREE...no, for a bottle of we wine only!!!!I really enjoyed this, thus far!  Regards to Sandra, from all of us on SNOOTH! Read More

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  • Sandra and I needed to head down south to Charlottesville, Virginia this week to attend a Louis Black comic performance at the Paramont Theater.  Louis wasn't playing closer to us in Washington DC like he usually does, so we figured why not go down there and make it a Bed & Breakfast trip with some wine tasting tossed in.  And thus it was to be.... Read More

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  • So Sandra and I just arrived home from a two night stay in Charlottesville, Virginia.  We were down there to attend a performance, but you'll need to see my new posting (coming soon) on that topic, along with what we did in Charlottesville.  Lots of wine and a B&B....what's not to like?  Anyway, two hours after returning home to Springfield, Vir... Read More

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  • Greg, I'll bet you that Odysseus was telling his guests, "Try this ... ... with the bounty of the Virginia farmland in dishes that aped those he'd had with the same wines in France. So on and so forth. Wouldn't mind drilling down further on the topic with you, ideally with several Loire (or Greek or Spanish or...) whites and reds and some var... Read More

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  • Ah, a very nice day here in Northern Virginia.  It got up to 70 F by late afternoon.  We had the grand kids in the morning to early afternoon and then we needed to visit with Sandra's parents because they had a long time family friend visiting with them; by 4:30 PM I was back home and ready to ride my Harley Fatboy!  I managed to ride over to my... Read More

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  • MJ - Those wines and the beautiful weather in Florida would be quite a treat ... winter up here in Northern Virginia, I would certainly enjoy some additional warmth.  This morning I went on a short motorcycle ride to nearby Clifton VA, and I'm glad I did.  I beat the rain by a few minutes and had a good time talking to a few buddies.Last night... 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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