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...

  • Vidal Blanc

    Vidal Blanc has proven to be amongst the versatile varietals in North American viticulture. In Canadian vineyards, th...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Barren Ridge Vineyards

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

  • Peaks of Otter Winery

    Located at the foot of the Peaks of Otter and near the National D-day Memorial. Our ancestors set...

  • Rockbridge Vineyard

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

  • Veritas Vineyard & Winery

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

  • Michael Shaps

    "Virginia Wineworks" was founded in 2007. It is a partnership of Philip Stafford and Michael Sha...

  • Sugarleaf Vineyards

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

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  • Remember that tasty Bulgarian wine that was determined to be the best from our ... shop, Unwined in Alexandria, Virginia.  Vanessa special ordered it for me and she is the shop owner.  I visit this wine shop on Tuesdays now, because it's in the same shopping area where I feed rescue cats. &nbs Read More

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  • So that backs up the theory that most Zinfandel's don't age ... may be ... ... may be wrong.So, if your Virginia wine buddies are the ones who are propagating the "Zin does not age" myth, please slap them around for me.;-)So, what were they rehearsing at the symphon Read More

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  • We attended the 2017 Virginia's Gold Cup (horse races) yesterday.  It rained most of the time but we had a great time anyway - drinking wine and sharing wine too.  Check out my pictures here. Read More

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  • Every day is a good day to relax when you're retired.  That being ... ... a few bottles of wine from Virginia, namely the Barboursville Vineyards Octagon and Muse Vineyards Calliope.  We do love the Octagon wine, and there are many in our wine cellar.  Muse won the Virginia Governor's Cup a few years ago with one of their other red wines.  Bot... Read More

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  • Well, looky here.  Another wine-stained label.  How, ever does this ... ... as cool as going to the Virginia Gold Cup, I spend Sunday restoring my garage from the disarray of yesterday's plumbing project.  My car is now properly parked in the garage.  For those of you homeowners who have never dealt with a re-piping project (and I truly hope ... Read More

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  • Here's the story by Vine Pair, which has made for some decent reads from my ... domestic region being North Virginia. Nearby, there's Baja and Canada.Tasmania and Croatia we've heard about for a while longer, and seem to have a bit more Cree than the aforementioned upstarts.Georgia is getting a lot of buzz lately, from some people I respect as ... Read More

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  • The beautiful days keep coming.  Yesterday was a bit cloudy and we had ... much needed rain up here in Virginia.  After watching the grand kids in the evening, we came home to relax with MSNBC and I noticed that it was World Malbec Day (17 Apr); I just had to go down into our cellar and retrieve one of our nice examples, this 2012 Malbec from ... Read More

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  • Count me in as one who has not had a Voignier epiphany. I've had some ... ... part nah. Tasted a load of Virginia Voignier a few years back and they did nothing for me. IMO it's best used a a blending wine to add florals to Syra Read More

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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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