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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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

  • Pearmund Cellars

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

  • Fincastle Vineyard

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

  • Oak Crest Vineyard & Winery

    A Long time effort by the Conrad Brandts family culminated in the opening of Oak Crest Winery in...

  • Doukénie Winery

    Doukénie Winery strives to produce the finest wines possible and to give our patrons an education...

  • Virginia Wineworks

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

  • The Winery at La Grange

    Very rich in history and very rich in wine, the new Winery at La Grange opened September 2006 as ...

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  • The Tokaji ascertion is one that I might make, though I don't wish it to ... owner and it was a winery in Virginia, which has absolutely no credibility in the larger wine world, why does the EU need to pour such an immense amount of money into a small region that is one of the oldest and most storied regions on the planet but that has no coher... Read More

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  • Greg, did you know Tokaji is one of the next big wine regions?That $95 Virginia wine seems like a good deal.  If you have deep pockets, it's easy to buy wine.  I think of "the next biggest" wine regions as producing and exporting more inexpensive, but good quality wine.  Virginia is like BC.  They make good wine, but good luck buying any of the ... Read More

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  • Sounds like an enjoyable evening Fox...always fun romanticizing and ... (work) ... ... (work) in Lewisburg West Virginia on Sunday/Monday. Was so out of it I passed my exit on the way home. Not a big deal in most places, but sucks in LA. So I knew a wine would be pulled tonight. After tasting Alain Huedlot Noellat's 2012 Chambolle recently it ... Read More

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  • Well, the information I found on Antinori led me to believe it was another ... ... ... Sauvignon reserve from a Virginia winery - Gray Ghost.  This winery is probably within 25 miles of RdV if anybody out there cares about Virginia wines.  We have been to a few tasting events at Gray Ghost and I had a label on this bottle that said to hang ont... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • A quiet evening out here in Northern Virginia.  It's cold again (25 F plus a wind chill making it feel like 14 F) following a slight and brief warm up yesterday.  We still have lots of snow on the ground but since I finished shoveling yesterday, I was able to devote some quality time to cleaning tile in our master bathroom.  I did that for two h... Read More

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  • Virginia swill?  Ouch.  I think Al really got under your skin there. Read More

    Forum post in the topic vintage wine

  • Yeah, I really need to stock up on that Virginia swill. Been eyeballing all the $8 Chilean and Argentinian Malbec at Cost Plus with my tongue hanging out too ;)On second thought I like the sand on my own beach and I have nearly 1,000 local beaches to pick from. Once I'm done sticking my toes in them maybe I'll decide it's time to import sand fro... Read More

    Forum post in the topic vintage wine

  • Interesting wine rack; is that in a basement, under a chimney?  Anyway, ... ... Wine stores out here in Virginia.&nbs Read More

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  •  I personally have enjoyed the Montoya Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, and I ... from Total Wines out here in Virginia.   _________sun Read More

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