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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Popular wines made in Virginia under $20

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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...

  • Viognier

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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

  • Young's Vineyard

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

  • DelFosse Vineyards & Winery

    DelFosse Vineyards and Winery specializes in premium high end varietal wines that express the Vir...

  • Stone Mountain Vineyards

    Wine, which we have produced in our converted apple ground cellar is added to the fruit and veget...

  • Chateau Morrisette

    Chateau Morrisette Winery is one of Southwest Virginia's premier destinations for award-winning w...

  • Bella Piazza Winery

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

  • Karmère Vineyards & Winery

    KARMÈRE VINEYARDS AND WINERY OF SHENANDOAH VALLEY is a result of five generations of farming and ...

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Virginia on Snooth

  • Well I will say that the mid south is one of the prettiest regions in the ... ... and not so nice. But from Virginia through to Tennessee and Kentucky, it's really marvelous.In the same way, the northeast is one of the most spectacular regions in the fall. The colors are magnificent and there's a sense of melancholy because you know that in a ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Need advice for sparkling...

  • Also, let it be known that riding a motorcycle in the Mid-Atlantic region is ... ...  The fall colors in Virginia are spectacular, especially along the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Of course, back in CA I was riding Honda motorcycles, and out here I've been riding Harley motorcycles.  That certainly has affected my enjoyment to Read More

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  • Well done, Greg, nothing gets past you not only in the wine context!. You so ... ... why he's so long in Virginia/Capital Sphere rather than the California he hailed from that has not only better weather, better biking conditions and more spectacular scenery, but far better wines. Definitely must be playing dumb. Read More

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  • Or maybe Cafelinhchi has been hacked? Really weird post to do on behalf of ... ... ... else.Anyhow, Al's in Virginia right close to the NSA so I imagine it won't be long before they're involved.If not alread Read More

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  • Sandra and I were fortunate yesterday to attend a quickly sold out (57 minutes ... ... at our favorite Northern Virginia winery, RdV.  Getting our two slots in this class was tough, as we didn't call them until 5 or 6 hours after their e-mail was released and we therefore ended up on a waiting list - along with about 100 other wine lovers.  So... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Have you taken a blind wine...

  • Ok, I've decided to open the Caymus 40th anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon ... beautiful Sunday in Northern Virginia (it's almost 60 F right now) and I didn't give her a chance to say no to me opening the bottle.  I poured it into the decanter and took a quick reference sip (for quality assessment mind you).  It has a strong vanilla taste that I ... Read More

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  • Sandra and I did a little wine tasting yesterday, going to first Glen Manor out ... Front Royal area of Northern Virginia and then to RdV in Delaplane VA for a special wine class (I'll make a new topic for that one).  Several well known wine makers have learned their trade at Linden Vineyards which is nearby, and that would be Jeff White from G... Read More

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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

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • 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

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