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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Viognier

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

  • 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

  • Villa Appalaccia Winery

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

  • Pearmund Cellars

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

  • Oasis Winery

    Just under an hour drive from our Nations Capitol near the Blue Ridge Mountains, lies the world f...

  • Virginia Wineworks

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

  • Oak Crest Vineyard & Winery

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

  • Woodland Vineyard

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

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  • On the Friday (24 Feb 2017) we returned to our home in Northern Virginia, we stopped at two wineries to do tastings.  First stop was the King Family Vineyards, which is to the east of Charlottesville, Virginia.  As with many of the Virginia wineries, they win some medals and it's our practice to see which wineries won the current 'Governor's Cup... Read More

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  • Now, on to our dinner at Tastings of Charlottesville, with Bill Curtis providing us his personal service.   We walked over to the place, which was close to the Paramont Theater (you see Sandra's backside below as we approach the theater on the way to dinner), and upon entering, we saw that this place is indeed the best restaurant for wine lovers... Read More

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  • EM - Nope, I've never heard of that 'Three Bears' label.  I wonder what 'extra rich' means in terms of a wine?  I have heard of Torrance CA though, as I used to live there.  I attended South High School in Torrance, and prior to that it was Redondo Beach Union High School (one year there before we relocated to a house after coming out from the e... Read More

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  • Fritz the Cat?????????I'm guessing it wasn't THE Fritz the Cat. Entertaining report, Al.  However, have you ever seen this VA wine? I had breakfast in a coffee shop in Torrance this morning--Black Bear Diner.  This is a chain that, I'm pretty sure started up in Northern California. So, some of our N. California contributors may be familiar with ... Read More

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  • Sounds like the Trump administration is out to screw more people, as a favor to ... It's much better here in Virginia as far as we are concerned. However, I would not want to screw Maryland wineries out of current business practices to help a beer conglomerate.  &nbs Read More

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  • Not to sound indifferent but I have never had nor have any desire to taste wine ... ... I learned my lesson with Virginia.~ Brian - Cali wine sn Read More

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  • Stephen - I just saw this:"Dean Hewitson makes some great wines - his sons ... ... other. We in the US have Virginia, New York, Oregon and California and Australia has the same diversity.&nbs Read More

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  • Last winery of the first full day in Charlottesville.  The First Colony Winery looked interesting because they have a cat there called Fritz - and he has his own Facebook page!  Unfortunately for us, Fritz was nowhere to be found.  I walked around the building a few times looking for him.  There was some roof repairs going on, so he probably wen... Read More

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  • L O V E L Y    REALLY BIG AL!On behalf of all on SNOOTH......THANKS FOR SHARING! Read More

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  • Next up was Jefferson Vineyards, a winery where the Meritage was pretty decent.  We bought three bottles of Meritage here I do believe.  There was a cute kitten cat out front that rolled around for us, so we knew the wine was going to be good. Read More

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