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

  • Vidal Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Valhalla Vineyards

    Valhalla was conceived as a vineyard and winery to allow us to strive for perfection. Is there an...

  • Peaks of Otter Winery

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

  • 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...

  • Villa Appalaccia Winery

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

  • Barren Ridge Vineyards

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

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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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  • Remember that tasty Bulgarian wine that was determined to be the best from our ... shop, Unwined in Alexandria, Virginia.  Vanessa special ordered it for me and she is the shop owner.  I visit this wine shop on Tuesdays now, because it's in the same shopping area where I feed rescue cats. &nbs Read More

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  • So that backs up the theory that most Zinfandel's don't age ... may be ... ... may be wrong.So, if your Virginia wine buddies are the ones who are propagating the "Zin does not age" myth, please slap them around for me.;-)So, what were they rehearsing at the symphon Read More

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  • We attended the 2017 Virginia's Gold Cup (horse races) yesterday.  It rained most of the time but we had a great time anyway - drinking wine and sharing wine too.  Check out my pictures here. Read More

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