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...

  • 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...

  • Vidal Blanc

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

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Pearmund Cellars

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

  • Blenheim Vineyards

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

  • Barren Ridge Vineyards

    Located on the family’s former apple orchard, Barren Ridge Vineyards is now home to Augusta Cou...

  • Woodland Vineyard

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

  • Ingleside Vineyards

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

  • Rockbridge Vineyard

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

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  • GT - that link you provided early in this topic brought back memories of our ... trip down to Charlottesville Virginia last August and the wineries we visited down there.  One of them was the Barren Ridge Vineyards and it was there where we tasted a bottle of Albemarle that was purchased in auction from the Kludge estate.  It was so good that ... Read More

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  • V V - Reston is a place where Sandra & I both worked for several years - ... moved out here to Northern Virginia in 1991.  The Wine Cabinet has been in business for eleven years but this was our first visit.  We've only been serious about wine for maybe 5 or 6 years now, so that's why.  Our wine adventure started with a glass in fancy restaura... Read More

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  • Today my sweetie and I went to taste wines at two wine shops in Northern Virginia.  First up was The Wine Cabinet in Reston VA and this was special because they were tasting several Duckhorn wines!  We are members of the Duckhorn wine club (red wines only though) and at this tasting we sampled a few of their whites, specifically Decoy the Sauvig... Read More

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  • Several cases of wine?  What are these judges?  Mafia?  I'd tell them to pound sand as well.  Read More

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  • Was laughing at Darrens Special Olympics joke. Try to keep up OK! Read More

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  • ROFL, why are none of those 12 pictured the Barboursville Octagon? Read More

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  • Why does RdV not enter the competition?  Was this like the Special Olympics?  It looks like everybody got a medal!  Just busting your balls Al  :) Read More

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  • BYOB! Hey, it was 1/2 price wine night.  Why would I bring my own ... ... bring a bottle into a Virginia restaurant.  I believe we can bring a bottle into a Washington DC restaurant.So Sandra and I each had a small glass, then we put a cork in it and took it (along with the take-out food when it was ready) to Sandra's parents place, where we ... Read More

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  • We had asked the folks at RdV that question last year and they said that to enter the competition you had to make more than a minimum quantity and also that you needed to supply the judges with several cases of the wine.  They didn't think it was a necessary thing to do for promoting their wine.I don't know why those twelve bottles were shown on... Read More

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  • The 2015 Governor's Case has been announced and you can view this link to see the gold, silver and bronze medal award winners.  I might note that the 2012 Octagon won a gold medal and that RdV does not enter this competition.    Read More

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