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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Popular wines made in Virginia under $20

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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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

Subregions of Virginia

Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Peaks of Otter Winery

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

  • AmRhein's Wine Cellar

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

  • Horton Vineyards

    Wine lover and entrepreneur Dennis Horton began his winemaking venture with a small home viney...

  • Blenheim Vineyards

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

  • Virginia Wineworks

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

  • Fincastle Vineyard

    Nestled in the Great Valley of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, Fincastle Vineyard & Winery produ...

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  • So I think we're talking the $50 range then, but I need to find one here in Virginia. Read More

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  • RC - That 2011 Domaine de Ferrand CdP must have been very nice.  We ... have copper pipes here in Virginia, at least in our development.  I hope to not have any problems for a long time.So, the performance of Tosca was very good.  It was pretty warm, and I had three glasses (small ones) at the lounge prior to the event, and I was feeling a bit... Read More

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  • Yesterday, the 4th of July, we attended a lobster festival at our favorite ... ... winery - RdV in Delaplane, Virginia.  It was a hot and humid day, so they held the event inside.  People were going out for a bit but you didn't want to be outside too long.  Sandra and I walked up to our usual spot in the vineyard to get a picture of the grapes... Read More

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  • RC - The Cono Sur Chardonnay was decent.  That was Sandra's glass, so ... cork on this Muse blend from Virginia.  We had visited this winery in 2016 and this was their top wine at the time.  It's quite good for a Virginian wine you kno Read More

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  • Also in memory of Mr. Silva of St. Francis Winery, we opened a nice 2012 Petite ... cat feeding in Alexandria, Virginia.  On the way back home, I got on I-395 south and was quickly brought into a 45 minute delay due to a dump truck that crashed into the barrier, going our direction.  Only the right-hand lane was passable, and it had lots of dir... Read More

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  • Friday at the Fountain again tonight.  Thunderstorms were off to the west ... ... Crystal City (Arlington, Virginia) but it didn't rain until about 9 PM.  I played ping-pong for around two hours and got my ass beat though.  I was on my game too, but these two guys were good.  Had lots of fun and only drank 3 beers tonight, 2 while playing ping... Read More

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  • DM - That link isn't working.Well now, today I can edit the title.  I ... the shootiings going on in Virginia (Alexandria, 15 minutes from me) and California (San Francisco), it was announced that Trump himself is under investigation.  I'll toast to tha Read More

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  • I am Barry, and I live in Washington, DC, which boasts a large number of ... ... at Total Wine in northern Virginia.  Please advise.&nbs Read More

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  • There are some sweet, or perhaps closer to 'off-dry' red wines from Virginia.  It's interesting how many folks might start with these types of wines, but they many move on to the dry wines.  Most wineries in Virginia make a sweet or dessert wine.  Some have a rose that is closer to off-dry and perhaps it's a good time to enjoy a few rose wines. ... Read More

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  • EM - Yes, lots of older riders have their bikes shipped out to some place near ... home on the Potomac River in Virginia.  It's about a 20 minute drive from our house and a very nice place to visit.  We spent about 6 hours there, including having lunch and eating their special peanut soup.  Once we were back home and the ladies were on their w... Read More

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