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

  • Viognier

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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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...

  • Tarara Winery

    At Tarara, we strive to cultivate wines that pour a classic taste of our surroundings into the gl...

  • 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...

  • Michael Shaps

    "Virginia Wineworks" was founded in 2007. It is a partnership of Philip Stafford and Michael Sha...

  • Gray Ghost Vineyards

    Gray Ghost, a family owned and operated winery, is placing Virginia on the international wine map...

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  • EM - Yes, I too like that weather vane.  My picture could have been ... ... off I suppose.BL - All these Virginia wineries charge for a tasting.  Our recent membership at Stone Tower Winery got us two free $15 tastings Friday night, plus our server let us try a few additional wines before we each bought a glass of their wonderful 2014 Cabernet... Read More

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  • Fridays are good out here in Virginia, as long as you get your butt moving after the morning traffic but before the evening work traffic.  Yesterday started out with both of us having our blood tested after fasting 12 hours, then a nice breakfast at the Silver Diner.  Upon returning home, I rode my Harley Fatboy over to my massage appointment an... Read More

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  • Maybe some folks could plan a trip to Washington DC and we could host a wine ... ... live in Springfield, Virginia - very close if you wish to see museums and such.  Another Pinot Noir throw down or perhaps a Cabernet Sauvignon pop-up even Read More

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  • Friday afternoon / evening was quite nice.  We had recently joined the ... do a wine tasting at another Virginia winery to kill some time.  Even with leaving early, there were plenty of cars to deal with though, but I know it could have been much, much worse.So, after finding a Starbucks to get our espresso on, we decided to stop at Dry Mill W... Read More

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  • We celebrated Sandra's 56th birthday (R + 1) yesterday at her parents ... ... from Shenandoah Vineyards in Virginia.  Good time Read More

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  • Sunday was special.  I started it off with a motorcycle ride to nearby Clifton, Virginia for the monthly 'Bikes & Breakfast Ride".  The weather was a bit chilly at 0800, but it warmed up nicely.  My Harley Fatboy was running well and it was cool to see so many bikes (over 200 of them) in the downtown area.  Later in the afternoon, we headed into... Read More

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  • Archer Roose Valle del Colchagua Carmenere NV

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  • We picked up our fall allocation at the RdV Vineyards release party this ... ... our house, out in Delaplane, Virginia.  They served all the wine you wanted to drink, along with a nice spread of food, for $65 each.  We probably had about four half-glasses each but keep in mind this is very good red wine.  All three of their reds were available... Read More

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  • RBA - It ;is both interesting and educational that you keep us informed about the Virginia wine experience. Thanks for that, I enjoy both the written and the pictoiral efforts. Read More

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  • My guess wasn't that hard, RCKR.  I assumed that Scully's last NFL ... ... tasted like a typical Virginia red wineThat sounds like faint praise, Al.  Good for you, though, keeping us advised on Virginia wine happenings.We watched the debate, but only because, as hard as we tried, we could not pick a rooting favorite on MNF. Snoother 21 . . ., ... Read More

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