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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • White Hall Vineyards

    White Hall Vineyards is a farm winery located just thirteen miles from historic Charlottesville, ...

  • Ingleside Vineyards

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

  • Veritas Vineyard & Winery

    "Veritas Winery, a family business owned by Andrew and Patricia Hodson,opened for business in Jun...

  • Valhalla Vineyards

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

  • Young's Vineyard

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

  • Naked Mountain Vineyard & Winery

    Naked Mountain now produces over 6000 cases a year and is open seven days a week. In order to mee...

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  • Welcome Chris and Cassie!That was a great introduction.  You will get lots ... ... on the forum who live in Virginia.  They could point you in the direction of some good wineries there.  My opinion would be for you to start with an easy going Pinot Noir.  NOT Meiomi!  Other guys will help you with a good example of what I mean.  I'd say an Oreg... Read More

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  • Mark, must be a pinot night tonight!  After finishing the last dregs of that Virginia Meritage, I decided to cleanse the palate with this Russian River pinot from Moshin. OT can practically walk to this winery. We've visited here several times and have always enjoyed the wines and the people we've met there. This is definitely a RRV pinot, a bit... Read More

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  • You guys have been drinking up a storm, and here it is still early in the week. ... Glory Inn down in southern Virginia.  Neither wine was over $20 and after the past few days of enjoying some high-end wines, I must say that these could have been better.  However, I would drink the Sangiovese again if the price were righ Read More

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  • That there be snow I think.  We haven't seen any yet here in Nothern Virginia.  Maybe soon though.  The picture came directly from WTSO.  I wonder if it shipped yet? Read More

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  • Very nice Sunday.  I started it off with a motorcycle ride into downtown Clifton Virginia for the Bikes & Breakfast ride.  It had been raining all night but the rain stopped around 0700 so the roads were still wet but I didn't get rained on.  After the ride I came home and washed my car because it was now 61 F on a January day.  Hard to believe ... Read More

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  • Nobody told me it was Bedrock night : (I wouldn't have opened this Virginia Merlot. It's not Bedrock but for VA wine it's actually quite nice. Read More

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  • Duncan 906, we did visit Thomas Jefferson's house (Monticello) a few years ... us, as we live in Northern Virginia, close to Washington DC.  By the way, I've poured the remainder of that 2005 cab into a decanter this morning and it will get about 4-5 hours of air before I give it a second taste.  It grew on me last night, so getting some air d... Read More

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  • Really  Big Al,   Your last post and the accompanying picture of ... memories of my own visit to Virginia a few years ago to see my younger brother who married an American girl and lives in Richmond. When I was there he tooki me to see Thomas Jefferson's house which was very interesting. Thomas Jefferson was at one point in his career the US am... Read More

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  • Just got home from a nice evening in Washington DC (see Weekend Wines for ... ... ... in the southern part of Virginia.  I know it needs time in a decanter so we'll do that tomorrow with the 1/2 remaining in the bottle.  I'll just swish this around a bit at my desk for tonight.  Very decent wine for a Virginia cab but of course I would choose... Read More

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  • Sandra and I were treated to dinner tonight by our daughter-in-law's ... ... ... in Tyson's Corner Virginia called Woo Lae Oak.  This is the kind of place where they cook the meat right at your table, but in our case they cooked it at a neighboring table since we didn't have much room for all the food already on our table.  They presented us ... Read More

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