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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Oasis Winery

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

  • Young's Vineyard

    Young's is one of the first vineyards you come to after turning onto Shenandoah Road in Plymouth....

  • Bray Vineyards

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

  • Barboursville Vineyards

    Defying the unanimous advice of government officials, land owners, and bankers to plant tobacco a...

  • Valhalla Vineyards

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

  • Pearmund Cellars

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

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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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  • The Virginia wine industry has made great strides towards better wines in the last five years.  There are still just a handful (maybe two handfuls I guess) that are excellent in my opinion though.  We have been to many of those for tastings.  In California and Oregon, there are so many excellent wines that you need a calculator to count them all. Read More

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  • Wine selection for the first half of the Presidential debate last night. ... ... ... it tasted like a typical Virginia red wine, where I'm now used to better blends from places like RdV Vineyards.  Sandra liked this wine quite a bit due to it's complexity.Wondering how we acquired this bottle?  It was a gift from the guy that runs the Wine in ... Read More

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  • Wow - you guys have been drinking some great wines.  Yes RC, $16 is a good ... ... and Breaux Vineyards) in Virginia along the way so we would have five bottles available for sharing.  This was our first time at 868, and the wine was mostly ok but not exceptional.  Breaux is better so we selected three bottles there.  We were in our new Smart C... Read More

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  • Ah, the Friday evenings in September - Wine in the Water Park events in which ... weather out here in Northern Virginia was most excellent; lower humidity and truly enjoyable.  Sandra joined me in pouring some white wines while I poured the reds; we each had another person helping out with the wine pouring.  Our shift ended after 8 PM and then... Read More

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  • Can't help find those wines from the past as I didn't drink them, but ... example. Trump does it in Virginia. And also there's some from Ontario Canada.Good luc Read More

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  • She prefers I not spend the money period.  I have now signed up for the ... attend at the Alexandria, Virginia store.  My local Total Wine in Springfield apparently doesn't have the classroom. &nbs Read More

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