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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • James River Cellars

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

  • Barren Ridge Vineyards

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

  • Rockbridge Vineyard

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

  • 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...

  • The Winery at La Grange

    Very rich in history and very rich in wine, the new Winery at La Grange opened September 2006 as ...

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  • I did drive by a bunch of vineyards from West Virginia back to Charlotte come to think. If I hadn't been trying to make a flight I'd have stopped, maybe next time I'll be able to and try some of their Viognier. Read More

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  • MJET - Our St. Francis order has already shipped.  I'm not sure what ... here tried a Viognier from Virginia?&nbs Read More

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  • In Virginia, the Viognier varietal is pretty popular.  I'm not a big fan though.  I prefer Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay.  That being said, this one is decent.  Back in 2014, we were down in southern Virginia tasting a few wines at Veritas and other wineries.  The Viognier at Veritas was decent too.Come to think of it, we enjoyed a few Viognier ... Read More

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  • Once I was home and relaxing last night - watching Terminator 2 for the 20th ... 20th ... pretty good for a Virginia wine. : Read More

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  • Today, just a few short days after returning from our west coast wine tasting ... this time) to the middle of Virginia to pick up two wine club allocations at Boxwood and RdV.  The wines we purchased are shown in the 'What did you buy' topic, so they aren't shown here, but my biggest mistake was not noticing that Sandra was wearing the sweater... Read More

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  • Just got back from some wine tasting in Virginia and we picked up two allocations from our wine club.  See the Weekday wines for the tasting experiences.  Here are the allocations from RdV and Boxwood. Read More

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  • We have arrived safely back home in Virginia.  Our flight from Seattle to Chicago was fine, but the flight departing Chicago to Washington National was delayed 45 minutes to access a dent the baggage handlers made in the cargo door.  We were worried they would ground the plane as there were no other flights (everyone was booked going into the No... Read More

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  • Any favorites to report out of all those wines.  Excellent picto review of the days spent. Read More

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  • On the Friday (24 Feb 2017) we returned to our home in Northern Virginia, we stopped at two wineries to do tastings.  First stop was the King Family Vineyards, which is to the east of Charlottesville, Virginia.  As with many of the Virginia wineries, they win some medals and it's our practice to see which wineries won the current 'Governor's Cup... Read More

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  • Now, on to our dinner at Tastings of Charlottesville, with Bill Curtis providing us his personal service.   We walked over to the place, which was close to the Paramont Theater (you see Sandra's backside below as we approach the theater on the way to dinner), and upon entering, we saw that this place is indeed the best restaurant for wine lovers... Read More

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