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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

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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...

  • Veritas Vineyard & Winery

    "Veritas Winery, a family business owned by Andrew and Patricia Hodson,opened for business in Jun...

  • Bray Vineyards

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

  • Virginia Wineworks

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

  • The Winery at La Grange

    Very rich in history and very rich in wine, the new Winery at La Grange opened September 2006 as ...

  • Woodland Vineyard

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

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  • Ah, another weekend has arrived.  We are having beautiful weather out here in Northern Virginia lately and today is no exception.  It's in the high seventies / low eighties with minimal humidity, so you can be sure everyone is out and about.  We decided to head up to Reston VA and do a wine tasting at The Wine Cabinet.  We do like this wine shop... Read More

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  • Stinson Vineyards Rose 2014


    Fruitier than past vintages but still with the slight smokiness that gives away its 100% Mourvedre composition. Read More

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  • Dennis & Ellen, welcome to the Snooth Forum.  I'm sure that all ... Missouri, North Carolina and Virginia from locals in those areas.Oh, and links to another site don't count.  If you can spend the time to compose a report, just copy it and paste it, here.Now, keep in mind, we are also a bunch of egotistical jerks.  When you do report on a tas... Read More

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  • Grace Estate Winery Petit Verdot 2012


    Bold, jammy, leathery with blackberry and cigarbox notes. Aged 16 months in a mix of French and American notes. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Grace Estate Winery le Gras Baril 2012


    30% Malbec, 30% Petit Verdot, 40% Cabernet Franc, this blend lets the lesser stars of Bordeaux shine. Aged 16 months in a mix of new and neutral oak. Read More

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  • Grace Estate Winery Merlot 2012


    Lightly tannic, supple mouthfeel. Rich cigarbox aromas intertwined with black cherry and cocoa. Read More

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  • Grace Estate Winery Cabernet Franc 2012


    Great varietal character and balance with cherry, peppercorn, and tobacco notes. Aged 11 months in 40% new French oak. Read More

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  • Grace Estate Winery le Gras Cuve 2012


    Lightly sweet, orangey and honeyed blend. 90% Vidal Blanc, 10% Petit Manseng. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Grace Estate Winery Chardonnay 2013


    Full flavor with vanilla and tree fruits. Great mouthfeel. Aged in 20% new steam-bent oak, ensuring no heavy toasted notes. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

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