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...

  • 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...

  • Viognier

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

  • 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

  • Bray Vineyards

    Bray Vineyards is located in the heart of California’s Shenandoah Valley appellation. The Shenan...

  • Valhalla Vineyards

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

  • Blenheim Vineyards

    Established in 2000 by owner Dave Matthews (* Yes: THAT Dave Matthews), Blenheim Vineyards is a f...

  • Rockbridge Vineyard

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

  • Ingleside Vineyards

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

  • Oak Crest Vineyard & Winery

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

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  • EM - those Cymbidiums look great growing 'in the wild' as it were. ... ... ... grow cactus in Northern Virginia successfully.  I think it's too humid.Tonight we saw 'Gigi' at The Kennedy Center.  Quite a nice performance.  Prior to the show we met our good friends Susan and Lloyd (they used to work back in LA too at the same company we worked... Read More

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  • Yesterday Sandra and I attended another 10 AM NSO rehearsal at The Kennedy ... ... ... before we headed back to Virginia to watch the grand kids, Sandra wanted to see the orchid exhibit at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum (on the mall).  I posted a few of the orchid pictures here to give you guys a dash of culture while you sip on your w... Read More

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  • Prince Michel Chardonnay 2012


    Fairly decent but not great Virginia chardonnay. Some lemon, green apple and a bit of pear. The acidity is on the medium side with a short finish. Nothing complex or layered but not a bad effort from the East Coast. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Too bad about that Virginia Pinot Noir.  I see it's only $15 a bottle from the winery.  We haven't been there yet and likely won't be heading down there anytime soon.... Read More

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  • Blenheim Vineyards Grenache 2013


    Fun, easy drinking with this Virginia grown south of France varietal. Could not get enough. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Barboursville Vineyards Vermentino Reserve 2013


    This crisp Italian white's an unusual varietal for this area and Barboursville's version has a slight tropical note to its predominately citrusy palate. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Jefferson Vineyards Meritage 2012


    I'd never guess this Bordeaux-style blend is heavy on the Petit Verdot. It's a little on the light, sweet side for a Meritage -- I'd actually like it best alongside chocolate for dessert. Very pure fruit flavors. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • I'm using the Chrome browser and it's sideways.  Outthere will be ... seven in CA / OR and one in Virginia (RdV).  Here's two links for pictures and comments of our trips to Napa in 2012 and 2013.  Both times we rented a luxury car to see how the other half lives.  Those trips were a blast, and good thing I wasn't driving as we toured a few wi... Read More

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  • EM - My parents lived on West 232nd Street in Torrance.  Sandra's ... ... to join Sandra and myself in Virginia, sometime around 1993.V V - My only concern would be the amount of light that could enter the room.  Would you be willing to keep it dark with the drapes drawn for most of the time?  How about other options to keep the light out of t... Read More

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  • I'll join in on the fun.  It's no fun searching for something old ... course (we live in Northern Virginia) but it does get up to 70 F in the summer.  So far our wine appears to be fine.  We have a small wine refrigerator that I received on my 25-year work anniversary.  I ended up putting in 31 years prior to retirement at age 5 Read More

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