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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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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, ...

  • Naked Mountain Vineyard & Winery

    Naked Mountain now produces over 6000 cases a year and is open seven days a week. In order to mee...

  • Veritas Vineyard & Winery

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

  • Peaks of Otter Winery

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

  • Dye's Vineyards

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

  • Bella Piazza Winery

    Situated in a picturesque setting in Shenandoah Valley, Bella Piazza is surrounded by rolling vin...

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Virginia on Snooth

  • Another Cat Tuesday for me.  This one was special though, as I helped a ... to Jaleos in Crystal City Virginia for some tapas food before heading back home to Springfield. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Château Morrisette Chardonnay Blend Sweet Mountain Laurel NV

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    I just uncorked my first bottle by this winery and had a glass of this Sweet Mountain Laurel variety with my late lunch of crackers, brie, and fig preserves. This winery is not many miles from my home here in the hills of the Blue Ridge and what a delightful neighbor to have! I just love it (and that's saying a LOT). This reminds me of my favo... Read More

    Wine review by Sarah Kate


  • Boy, it's been more than 30 years since I've visited Disneyland. ... ... ... I'm out here in Virginia.  I hope some of you can meet up and toast the forum member Read More

    Forum post in the topic Visiting Anaheim


  • I opened a nice lightly oaked Chardonnay that we picked up from Muse Vineyards ... the same winery that won the Virginia's Governors Cup for 2015.  I like every wine we have tried here."Barrel-fermented with hints of mineral and apricot on the nose, this wine is more intricate than many so-called New World Chardonnays. Its depth and structure ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • So I've gone back into my Cellar Tracker tasting notes and found just a ... from VA (Prince Michel of Virginia) and one my daughter gave me for my B-day (Hosmer Cabernet Franc Cayuga Lake). Looks like I need to procure another Chinon, a Saumur, hunt down a CF dominant wine from Bordeaux and have a CF tastin Read More

    Forum post in the topic Experiencing cabernet franc


  • Who knew that there is a $95 Virginia wine? (Thanks to OT for the snarkiness lessons.)I have never tried Screagle.  It's way out of my tax bracket (heck, I drive a Honda and wear a Timex watch), and I don't have any friends that rich who might also want to share with me.  It seems to me that some years ago there was conversation here on the Foru... Read More

    Forum post in the topic High End Cabernet Sauvignon


  • It's interesting that a few new topics have popped up recently ... these ... these high-end wines to a Virginia wine - the RdV Lost Mountain.  Give the article a read and tell me what you think. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic High End Cabernet Sauvignon


  • I have tried the St. Francis Cabernet Franc from the shipments we have ... ... taste better than the other Virginia Cabernet Franc bottles I have tried - but it's not an order of magnitude better to me.  However, the Virginia blends that include Cabernet Franc have been much better suited to my taste.  There are so many Virginia wineries out h... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Experiencing cabernet franc


  •  DMCKER, 25 MINUTES AGO.Could it be that they're not making good juice in Virginia?  Ding, ding, ding, ding ding... We have a winner. My recollection of a Virginia tasting that I attended with EMark was that the climate there does not support a whole lot of good wine grape production. Acidity seems to be something that they cannot fathom or that... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Experiencing cabernet franc


  • Could it be that they're not making good juice in Virginia? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Experiencing cabernet franc


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