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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  • Viognier

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Bella Piazza Winery

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

  • Karmère Vineyards & Winery

    KARMÈRE VINEYARDS AND WINERY OF SHENANDOAH VALLEY is a result of five generations of farming and ...

  • Pearmund Cellars

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

  • White Hall Vineyards

    White Hall Vineyards is a farm winery located just thirteen miles from historic Charlottesville, ...

  • Rockbridge Vineyard

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

  • Woodland Vineyard

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

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  • We are going to try for Stoller as the 2nd winery on the Sunday after Domaine ... ... just before returning to Virgini Read More

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  • V V - I joined the Scherrer wine newsletter to check them out.  Thanks for ... decent, plus a really bad Virginia wine made with Concord grapes that one lady did enjoy - the rest of us poured it out after a tast Read More

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  • I do recall, OT.  That was the first time I'd ever heard of that grape ... else?Your comment about the Virginia wineries searching for the right grape variety for their geography is similar to the comment that I have made about Temecula winerie Read More

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  • It wouldn't grow well here EMark. They grow it in Virginia because they can.  I remember our foray into Virginia wines at Stark's a few years back. Every winery seemed to have a Petite Manseng and a Viognier and seemed to still be looking for the right combination of grapes for their geography. Read More

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  • Tonight we are opening a second bottle of wine because it's Super Tuesday ... ... being decided, including Virginia.  Sandra and I both voted earlier this afternoon, doing what is necessary to stop Mr. T.  In any case, it was also Cat Tuesday (more important to me than Super Tuesday) and this sweet girl is called Belle.  She is a calico mix an... Read More

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  • To cap off another day of 'Cat Tuesday', where this silly kitty called ... ... this afternoon here in Virginia. &nbs Read More

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  • Welcome, TWW, we are very pleased to have you join us. There are a few ... see ... see that you are located in Virginia.  We have a couple other regular contributors from you patch of the U.S.  Feel free to also keep us up to date on the local wine industr Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Oh yeah!  This 2009 Cabernet Franc from Barboursville is most excellent after an hour being decanted.  However, Sandra's parents just canceled on coming over for dinner due to a big storm that is in our area.  I'm talking lighting, hail and lots of rain.  Oh, there were some tornadoes south of us too.  I'm staying inside tonight. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Virginia Wine: The...

  • Some of the Virginia wineries don't submit their wines to the competition - we've asked a few of them like RdV in Delaplane, VA.  It is a significant cost to submit several cases of wine, plus you need enough production to have a minimum number of bottles available for purchase.  Tonight we are serving pasta to Sandra's parents so I am now decan... Read More

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  • Hahaha, Al I don't think I'll make it to Oregon in March.  There's a bike race in Seattle I'll be going to in May, but that's about as close as it gets.  Why not pop up to Victoria?  Free accommodations!How come the Octagon didn't make that list? Read More

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