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

  • Dye's Vineyards

    Rural Retreat Winery & Vineyards, LLC purchased Dye's Vineyards Feb 2007. Dye's previously had be...

  • Peaks of Otter Winery

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

  • Blenheim Vineyards

    Established in 2000 by owner Dave Matthews (* Yes: THAT Dave Matthews), Blenheim Vineyards is a f...

  • AmRhein's Wine Cellar

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

  • 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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  • I think we need to visit Stags Leap the next time we get down to Napa Valley. ... in the Reston Town Center of Virginia.  Now this event made up for my misery experienced last night at that high-end wine party.  We were given cards with $40 loaded on them to use in their tasting room and a nice assortment of food was provided to satisfy our ta... Read More

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  • Welcome Ellen.  My wife Sandra and I enjoy the California reds, the Oregon ... Oregon Pinots and yes, even Virginia wines.  We now belong to 10 wine clubs and so the wine keeps coming throughout the year, along with our separate purchases here and there.  Haven't yet been up to the Finger Lakes region however, but it's on our list.We are headin... Read More

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  • Long time lurker on both Snooth and Wine Berserkers. Why I decided to post now, ... fan). We have traveled to Virginia and love the wine country (but not the wines). Hoping to go to Oregon this year or next because I like Oregon Pinots (though the pricing is going trough the roof!).Not sure why the hate for Parker and the like. Not that I think... Read More

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  • MJ - A change of pace is a good idea when drinking wine.  I hardly ever ... ... Corner mall in Northern Virginia.  It was our usual place, Seasons 52.  In fact, we just dined there this past Monday because we were watching the grand kids at this mall while our daughter-in-law was attending one of her martial arts classes.  But this lunch toda... Read More

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  • Fox, your wife isn't capable of such behaviour.  You ARE Richard ... ... ... in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf!Well, I'm absolutely stumped then.  Damn.  I'm going to have to use deductive logic in the mornin Read More

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  • OT, not you?  Okay, it's Dmcker, which I can figure out even with my ... in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"  Tannic Zin = perfect for lamb chops with orzo and salad with persimmons, a seasonal fave. No, DV, I am not joking.  I am not your SS.  After Lucha drooled all over the Barolo I sent him a couple years back, it's been a trend, but noti... Read More

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  • Yesterday (Saturday) was a college football watching kind of day.  Oh, I ... a second bottle, this time a Virginia wine, the 2014 868 Estate Meritage.  Sandra didn't really like this one at all, and I kind of agreed with her.  We only bought a few bottles from this winery earlier this fall when coming back home from Maryland (Antietam battlefi... Read More

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  • Last Thursday after our movie, we dined at Brine where they have pretty tasty ... Barboursville Vineyward in Virginia.  Very nice. &nbs Read More

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  • EM - Yes, I too like that weather vane.  My picture could have been ... ... off I suppose.BL - All these Virginia wineries charge for a tasting.  Our recent membership at Stone Tower Winery got us two free $15 tastings Friday night, plus our server let us try a few additional wines before we each bought a glass of their wonderful 2014 Cabernet... Read More

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  • Fridays are good out here in Virginia, as long as you get your butt moving after the morning traffic but before the evening work traffic.  Yesterday started out with both of us having our blood tested after fasting 12 hours, then a nice breakfast at the Silver Diner.  Upon returning home, I rode my Harley Fatboy over to my massage appointment an... Read More

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