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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Vidal Blanc

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

Subregions of Virginia

Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Villa Appalaccia Winery

    A unique experience of Virginia Wine and Virginia Wineries is defined by a visit to Villa Appalac...

  • 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...

  • Stone Mountain Vineyards

    Wine, which we have produced in our converted apple ground cellar is added to the fruit and veget...

  • Blenheim Vineyards

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

  • Woodland Vineyard

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

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  • We did a double wine tasting on Sunday, 07 Aug 2016.  First up was a ... ... ... your Sunday in Northern Virgini Read More

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  • MJET, that paella (?) looks awesome! Thinking a well chilled ... but not ... but not great viognier from Virginia. On the nose and in the mouth almond/honeysuckle predominates with decent acidity but not much else. Although the acid is there, this wine is a bit on the fat/flabby side with a medium short finis Read More

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  • RC - Oh, those aren't my cats, they are rescue cats that I work with on Cat ... then PetSmart in Springfield Virginia.  I try to get a good picture of each cat and then post it on Facebook.  This has resulted in a cat being adopted, as one of my Facebook friends saw the cat picture I had posted and then adopted the cat.  This is my passion in l... Read More

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  • Agree RBA, this for us is a solid $20 bottle and an even better bottle at $17. ... ... from South Florida to Virginia!&nbs Read More

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  • RC - I didn't say I could just walk up to one of her wine racks and grab a ... ... ride to nearby Clifton, Virgini Read More

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  • No Wine in the Water Park this Friday, as we had tickets to see Yuja Wang ... ... in Blue' at Wolftrap in Virginia.  She is most excellent on the piano and we've seen her several times now.  EM should have been there as we were six rows from the stage and close to the center.  For dinner we brought a picnic basket and a bottle of 2010 Medlock ... Read More

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  • Okay, I was pages behind here and missed the rundown on the Carlisle.  ... grow Cab in N. Carolina, or Virginia, or something.  Where it's completely futile to try to make a cab like a Napa Cab. I think North Carolina, esp out near Asheville in the "mountains," might be a fine place to grow Barbera, Dolcetto, and Nebbiolo, for instance, but no... Read More

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  • We had a few moments to relax this afternoon after I did six hours of painting ... B&B vacation in southern Virginia.  I've had better, as in the Merlot we drank last night, but you cannot have great wine all the time otherwise you get spoile Read More

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  • RC - You charge for friends to come over and drink your wine?  Or are you ... that we learned about at our Virginia wine tasting party on the previous day.  It was about 1.5 hours to drive almost to Harper's Ferry, close to the Maryland border in Northern Virginia.  First up was the Doukenie Winery - beautiful place but we only liked their Cha... Read More

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  • Yesterday we conducted another wine tasting party at our friends Sally & ... ... house in Chantilly, Virginia.  I certainly like this method of running the event at another person's house so I don't have to deal with food preparation and things of this nature.  Anyway, the theme for this blind tasting was Virginia wines, so everyone brought a... Read More

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