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

  • Viognier

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

  • Vidal Blanc

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

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

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • White Hall Vineyards

    White Hall Vineyards is a farm winery located just thirteen miles from historic Charlottesville, ...

  • AmRhein's Wine Cellar

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

  • Prince Michel Vineyards

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

  • Bella Piazza Winery

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

  • Barboursville Vineyards

    Defying the unanimous advice of government officials, land owners, and bankers to plant tobacco a...

  • Stone Mountain Vineyards

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

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  • Normally I'm against using taxpayer money to support private industry- but the wine business in Virginia has grown so rapidly that it's beginning to make up for the lack of revenue they've suffored in not being able to produce their bumper crops of tobacco...An interesting read for those curious about wine & the "Fair Commonwealth".Here's the li... Read More

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  • Château Morrisette Chardonnay Blend Sweet Mountain Laurel NV


    A refreshing, balanced sweet wine. Similar to a Niagara. Great for sipping on your front porch or as a desert. Good in smoothies and berry dishes! Have drank several bottles over the last three years and find the taste to be consistent. Read More

    Wine review by criffe

  • For those who may be interested, I just got back from a brief trip to Virginia and have a quick bit of news.  Turns out that Brad McCarthy, most notable for his stint as head winemaker at Dave Matthews' Winery called "Blenheim Vineyards", is trying some new varietals and has some new wines out that are knocking people out.I have yet to try them,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hearing good things...... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • Horton Vineyards Red Blend Orange County Xoco


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    Wine review by wilsonflash5

  • We grabbed both their Viognier, which is supposed to be a knockout, as well as ... well as ... if you're into Virginia wines or want to learn about the best vino currently flying under the radar- stop by and visit our Virginia Group (now called "profile", I think) by clicking her Read More

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  • Breaux Vineyards White Blend Loudoun County Jennifer's Jambalaya Cellar Selection 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by phillips87

  • Pearmund Lh Viognier


    No written review

    Wine review by phillips87

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