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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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

    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

  • Prince Michel Vineyards

    Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery is located in "the heart of Virginia wine country", 35 minutes ...

  • AmRhein's Wine Cellar

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

  • Stone Mountain Vineyards

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

  • Sugarleaf Vineyards

    Residing on a breathtaking estate, Sugarleaf Vineyards has evolved before our eyes into a mesmeri...

  • Barren Ridge Vineyards

    Located on the family’s former apple orchard, Barren Ridge Vineyards is now home to Augusta Cou...

  • Dillian Wines

    Tom Dillian is a fourth generation Amador County farmer. His great grandfather Alessio Dal Porto ...

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  • Last winery of the first full day in Charlottesville.  The First Colony Winery looked interesting because they have a cat there called Fritz - and he has his own Facebook page!  Unfortunately for us, Fritz was nowhere to be found.  I walked around the building a few times looking for him.  There was some roof repairs going on, so he probably wen... Read More

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  • L O V E L Y    REALLY BIG AL!On behalf of all on SNOOTH......THANKS FOR SHARING! Read More

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  • Next up was Jefferson Vineyards, a winery where the Meritage was pretty decent.  We bought three bottles of Meritage here I do believe.  There was a cute kitten cat out front that rolled around for us, so we knew the wine was going to be good. Read More

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  • The second day (Thursday) was to be full of fun and excitement.  We did wine tastings at three wineries (Keswick Vineyards, Jefferson Vineyards and then First Colony Winery) and then sat down for a wine dinner (Tastings of Charlottesville) before walking over to the Louis Black performance at the Paramont Theater in Charlottesville.  Lots of pic... Read More

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  • Oh, I moved the pictures from the first day winery (Barboursville) down here so the introduction wasn't so long.  Lessons Learned and such. Read More

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  • My next posting will cover wine tasting the next day..... Read More

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  • Ok, how about some pictures from our first dinner in Charlottesville on Wednesday night?  We walked over to Public Fish & Oysters in Charlottesville.  Starting with a plate of oysters on the half-shell, we proceeded with a shared salad and bread plate, then Sandra had some sort of cooked oysters wrapped in bacon, while I enjoyed the jumbo shrimp... Read More

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  • Now.... now,  REALLY BIG AL....you need to be writing A BOOK.....Promise amour, that you will save all of theses photos and posts and combine!I can assist you with editing for FREE...no, for a bottle of we wine only!!!!I really enjoyed this, thus far!  Regards to Sandra, from all of us on SNOOTH! Read More

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  • Sandra and I needed to head down south to Charlottesville, Virginia this week to attend a Louis Black comic performance at the Paramont Theater.  Louis wasn't playing closer to us in Washington DC like he usually does, so we figured why not go down there and make it a Bed & Breakfast trip with some wine tasting tossed in.  And thus it was to be.... Read More

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  • So Sandra and I just arrived home from a two night stay in Charlottesville, Virginia.  We were down there to attend a performance, but you'll need to see my new posting (coming soon) on that topic, along with what we did in Charlottesville.  Lots of wine and a B&B....what's not to like?  Anyway, two hours after returning home to Springfield, Vir... Read More

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