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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Viognier

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

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  • Oasis Winery

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

  • Rockbridge Vineyard

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

  • Bella Piazza Winery

    Situated in a picturesque setting in Shenandoah Valley, Bella Piazza is surrounded by rolling vin...

  • James River Cellars

    Located in historic Hanover County in Glen Allen, Virginia, 10 miles North of Richmond, 10 miles ...

  • Ingleside Vineyards

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

  • Young's Vineyard

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

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  • "It seems you People only drink California wines. Is it a patriotic stand ... and Washington, but no, not Virginia), but a critical mass has been achieved in California that is probably unique. Unfortunately the wines don't travel overseas well, because domestic demand usually gobbles up all the bottles, and their prices when they do reach for... Read More

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  • Ok, I have the web page built.  Check out the pictures at:  .../ Read More

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  • Thanks for the update OT.  Please check my Weekend Wines post - I'm ... ... weekend in southern Virginia.  We did tastings at six wineries and found a goldmine at one (hint - we bought a case of one wine).  Stay tuned to the Weekend Wines posting for updates later tonight.Expatdeli - glad you are enjoying the forums.  We like to share informa... Read More

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  • Boy EM, you are making the most of the Hollywood Bowl this summer.  My ... black gloves...Out here in Virginia we have Wolf Trap, and we're going to see Noche Flamenca (basically Flamenco dancers) next Tuesday evening.  I hope we bring a bottle of wine and have a picnic too. Read More

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  • It's been hot and humid out here in Northern Virginia lately.  It's supposed to cool down by Thursday (when I'll ride my Harley in another of our Retired Rides series;  I'm feeling the Ridge Zinfandel now since I'm on the 2nd glass and the curry has arrived.  Your RRV Zinfandel looks nice too.  I wish t... Read More

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  • I'm not ready to share everything that happened this weekend, because ... ... & Breakfast in southern Virginia and while doing so we did tastings at six wineries.  Here is our favorite and more on this beautiful wine later. Read More

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  • Sandra and I enjoyed a very nice wine dinner with our neighbors Debbie & ... the RdV winery in Delaplane Virginia and ended up joining the wine club and buying six bottles (including a few of the Lost Mountain label).  Debbie & Rick are the ones that recommended we try the Duckhorn and St. Francis wineries in Napa Valley during our 2012 visit,... Read More

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  • Having been born in Virginia, I was never worried. Joining in, tonight, William.  Read More

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  • My fellow riding buddy Woody and I had a great motorcycle ride on our Harleys ... Distillery in Sperryville, Virginia and had a wonderful tour and tasting of whiskeys.  We each purchased two bottles, and here are the two that I brought home.  More pictures of our ride are found here:, looks like you ... Read More

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  • "I just come across that way online. I'm really a jerk in the real ... ... to poison me with some Virginia wine last month too. Read More

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