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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • Viognier

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

  • Vidal Blanc

    Vidal Blanc has proven to be amongst the versatile varietals in North American viticulture. In Canadian vineyards, th...

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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...

  • Ingleside Vineyards

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

  • Virginia Wineworks

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

  • Tarara Winery

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

  • Jefferson Vineyards

    Winery is founded in 1773. Thomas Jefferson and Mazzrei started with 400 acres, they planted vine...

  • AmRhein's Wine Cellar

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

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  • OT - :-)EM - You should probably stop by Virginia on your way to OT's place to make sure I approve of the wines you are planning to deliver.  A tasting is the only way to make sure you hit the mark. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • EM - you're taking social security?  Even though I've now retired ... which are around 5% here in Virginia.  I know California is much higher (one big ripoff I think).  Shipping charges are a major consideration too.  If I am ordering wine, it's usually through the site 'Wines Till Sold Out' (, because they provi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Oh, sure, I was stung by a bee when I was 7 and now I never ride my bicycle ... the one a few years back in Virginia. It's a very long read but extremely informative.Oh, BTW, I received some new wines yesterday that I have been really excited to try. Very well known winemaker, his own personal label. 1-3 barrel production per variety. Sold out... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trip report from Lodi and RRV

  • V-V - We haven't been to The Wine Cabinet yet.  It appears to be near ... ... read if you care about Virginia wines.  It's a Washington Post interview with Jim Law from Linden's Vineyard out near Front Royal.  Yes, we've been there and Sandra really likes their wines  (she has a few of the Hardscrabble in our cellar).  http://www.washingtonpo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Now that it's Sunday afternoon and my big chores are done (like washing ... in Alexandria (Del Rey area) Virginia, when the winery owner  was sampling them at a cheese & wine class.  He signed this bottle too.  Should I save the empty bottl Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Lovingston Winery Pinotage 2012


    A lighter version of this traditionally South African grape. Rich and earthy with vibrant cherry notes and a light grip on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Pearmund Cellars Riesling 2013


    Crisp, vibrant tropical notes, primarily mango and apricot. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • GT -  I don't know if Ruth's Chris will allow you to bring in your ... ... City area of Arlington, Virginia.  They set up tents in a park area near the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) station and serve up many selections of white / red wines along with at least a dozen types of beers.  The event is complete with live music and one or more food ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Our main acquisition process for wines have been the wine clubs we joined - St. ... Carrier (Oregon) and RdV (Virginia).  We also frequent several wine shops out here in Virginia.  I can't find many of the exotic wines that are mentioned in these forum threads though, but then again I'm not looking too hard.  I am easily distracted by other win... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • I have thick skin Big Al.  It doesn't bother me that I can't ... ... they're talking about in Virginia?&nbs Read More

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