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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Gray Ghost Vineyards

    Gray Ghost, a family owned and operated winery, is placing Virginia on the international wine map...

  • Doukénie Winery

    Doukénie Winery strives to produce the finest wines possible and to give our patrons an education...

  • Ingleside Vineyards

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

  • Pearmund Cellars

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

  • Michael Shaps

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

  • Rockbridge Vineyard

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

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  • Some of the Virginia wineries don't submit their wines to the competition - we've asked a few of them like RdV in Delaplane, VA.  It is a significant cost to submit several cases of wine, plus you need enough production to have a minimum number of bottles available for purchase.  Tonight we are serving pasta to Sandra's parents so I am now decan... Read More

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  • Hahaha, Al I don't think I'll make it to Oregon in March.  There's a bike race in Seattle I'll be going to in May, but that's about as close as it gets.  Why not pop up to Victoria?  Free accommodations!How come the Octagon didn't make that list? Read More

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  • It's good to see that other folks shop at Total Wine too.  I don't ... visit wineries out here in Virginia.&nbs Read More

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  • Well, even though the Hague Winery didn't win any medals this time in the 2016 Governor's Cup, I decided to open a 2013 Meritage that was in my rack.  Not bad but of course a few more years would probably help.   Read More

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  • I'll be in Oregon the 3rd week of March.  Are you coming down from the great far north? Read More

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  • Cool.  Get one and bring it out here this summer! I'd like to try the Petit Verdot. Read More

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  • Hot off the presses, Virginia just announced the winners for the 2016 Virginia Governor's Cup.  At the top of the heap is the 2014 Kenswick Vineyards Cabernet Franc.  I wonder if there will be any bottles left to try.... Read More

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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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