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...

  • Viognier

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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

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

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • James River Cellars

    Located in historic Hanover County in Glen Allen, Virginia, 10 miles North of Richmond, 10 miles ...

  • Peaks of Otter Winery

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

  • Oak Crest Vineyard & Winery

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

  • AmRhein's Wine Cellar

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

  • Valhalla Vineyards

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

  • Ingleside Vineyards

    Ingleside Vineyards is nestled in the narrowest point of land between the Rappahannock and Potoma...

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  • Damn, I had my heart set on a Virginia Cab tonight too. What to do. ;)  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine you will never buy again!

  • We've all bought a bottle of wine that turned out to be a bad procurement ... Tonight I decided to open a Virginia red wine that's been taking up space on my personal wine rack in our basement since we bought it at the winery.  It's been there over 2 years and I kept moving it around as I added newer bottles to the rack.  I somehow knew it was... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine you will never buy again!

  • Here's a great way to enjoy your grocery shopping trip (Wegmans near Potomac Mills in Virginia) - stop by a nice wine bar for an early dinner before heading over to buy enough food to get you through another week.  This afternoon, after watching our grand kids for about 3.5 hours, we dined at the Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar.  They had a ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • This is an interesting story with a happy ending.  We ordered three ... ... be delayed due to our warm Virginia summer weather.  We happily received our shipment about a week ago.  However, when my husband opened the FedEx box we were very surprised to discover three 2012 Masut Vineyard Pinot Noirs instead.  We belong to a couple of California... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Our lucky day

  • I've been doing the volunteer thing at the Wine in the Water Park events in ... hope it's not illegal in Virginia to use volunteers for these fun event Read More

    Forum post in the topic Another attack on wine...

  • V V - Yes, we were at the Afton Mountain Vineyards a few months ago (August) .../Virginia-Wine-2014.php  I had posted this in the 'Weekend Wines' thread.  It's too bad your bottle went bad; I always wonder how well the wine has been stored prior to when I purchase a bottle Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Thanks for the feedback EM.  I really need to try one of their reds ... ... is on the Potomac River in Virginia.  We've been doing these weekly walks for about five weeks now and already I've seen him improve in endurance and stability.  I plan to keep this going until the snow starts to keep him in shape (he turned 88 in August).I also painte... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Boy, what a weekend.  Saturday was spent entirely doing a trip to the ... ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon and a Virginia wine, the King Family 2012 Montecello Merlo Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Afton Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Monticello 2008


    Unfortunately this one's a dead soldier, way past its prime. Read More

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  • Just because they're not disputed by whomever is in a thread at whatever ... if the local bureaucrats in Virginia act in the same wa Read More

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