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

  • Prince Michel Vineyards

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

  • Bray Vineyards

    Bray Vineyards is located in the heart of California’s Shenandoah Valley appellation. The Shenan...

  • Fincastle Vineyard

    Nestled in the Great Valley of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, Fincastle Vineyard & Winery produ...

  • DelFosse Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Barboursville Vineyards

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

  • Villa Appalaccia Winery

    A unique experience of Virginia Wine and Virginia Wineries is defined by a visit to Villa Appalac...

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Virginia on Snooth

  • Step 1: Get in car.Step 2: Go here:Click here to visit the Virginia Wine Profile to get the full skinny.  You can join our group and we'll keep you posted on all the 'doins' down in Virginia.Carl does a great job over at Virginia Wine Events.  Here's his latest of mid-July wine events in the "Commonwealeth".  If you haven't visited his site yet ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine travel: Made easy for... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • Abermarle Ciderworks Royal Pippin Virginia Apple Cider 2009


    One of my favorite Virginia apples turned hard cider. This cider has a great champagne-like character to it yet will the full flavor of the fruit. From the back of the label "Thomas Jefferson grew large quantities for consumption at Monticello and wrote from Paris in 1785, 'They have no apples here to compare with our...Pippin.'" is very true fo... Read More

    Wine review by bendoerr

  • I stopped in at the Tucson "Total Wine" Store yesterday, since I was in Tucson ... ... and Israel! (yes, also Virginia). Even at the end a section on spirits and cigars (dont' smoke em, but somebody else might).I also like the fact that they have included prices for major wines offered from each region, because that in itself is helpful to th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Visit to "Total Wine"

  • Virginia Wine Events has an annual polling of "what is your favorite Virginia Winery"- and it's time to vote!Just follow this link to their poling place at Virginia Wine Events and let your voice be heard.You can vote once a day, so vote as many times as you like until August when the winner will be announced.Now remember, Barren Ridge was ROBBE... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your favorite Virginia... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • Kenco Farms Blueberry Blue Mead


    Mr. Carder (the owner) called my friend a Muslim because she does not drink alcohol. Although I drink wine frequently, I will not be purchasing products from this very narrow minded business man. Read More

    Wine review by pissedandmad

  • ~ Particularly for events, so I plan on "acting in concert with them" regarding ... to follow site: more than events and for all of you in our little Virginia Wine Group, I think a must see in order to further broaden them horizons.(Image courtesy of Read More

    Forum post in the topic FANTASTIC Virginia Wine Site. by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • Ok, so I'm outwardly pimping something here but it's for what I feel to be a ... a ... American cuisine and Virginia~made wines.2) South River also has a great wine shop wherein you can find a healthy sampling of Virginia wines.  Even some of the more rare, honeycomb-soaked dessert "Ice" Viognier (Keswick vineyards "Nektar", to name one such ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic South River Restaurant... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • Now available in link form!July Events in Virginia... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Virginia Events... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Boost for Virginia Wine... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • 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

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