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

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Jefferson Vineyards

    Winery is founded in 1773. Thomas Jefferson and Mazzrei started with 400 acres, they planted vine...

  • White Hall Vineyards

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

  • Oak Crest Vineyard & Winery

    A Long time effort by the Conrad Brandts family culminated in the opening of Oak Crest Winery in...

  • Tarara Winery

    At Tarara, we strive to cultivate wines that pour a classic taste of our surroundings into the gl...

  • James River Cellars

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

  • Villa Appalaccia Winery

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

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  • Barboursville Vineyards Viognier Reserve 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by Bret Lewis

  • Barboursville Vineyards Barbera Orange County Reserve 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by Bret Lewis

  • Jefferson Vineyards Viognier Monticello 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by Bret Lewis

  • Rosemont Vineyard and Winery Syrah Rosemont 2008


    A surprisingly good value. Full bodied, smooth with no acid bite, with a nice floral finish. It is not world class, but it certainly is an everyday wine - especially with dinner. I was surprised. Read More

    Wine review by Steve963

  • The Rappahannock.We tried it both at the winery and gave it the full test after ... ... of the vintage from Virginia... not to mention being composed of more Cabernet Sauvignon than most VA red blends.Full review here if you like.  Good stuff, and lived up to some high expectations as Rappahannock's rep proceeds itsel Read More

    Forum post in the topic Another solid 2007, Virginia... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • Rappahannock Cellars Red Bordeaux Blend Meritage 2007


    Gonzo Disclosure: We visited this winery on August 2nd, 2010 and got a smidge ... esteem by those who enjoy Virginia wines- and particularly their reds. Beautiful, opulent nose chock full of smoky red fruit, trailing off with hints of cassis. The approach on the palate is open, even though young, and develops on the palate in the form of che... Read More

    Wine review by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • Pearmund Cellars Red Bordeaux Blend Ameritage 2004


    Pearmund's Ameritage is the first vertical I collected in my cellar. I first tasted it in 2002 and enjoyed it then even though at that time, the tannins were very harsh. In 2009, I realized that I had the vertical collection and wrote Chris Pearmund to ask about how long to keep it. He suggested that I get through the 2005 by the end of the year... Read More

    Wine review by andymelton

  • Brought to us by the folks over at Virginia Wine Events, where you can visit for a full listing.Blackberry Harvest Festival - 08/07/2010Concert in the Vineyard Series #4 At San Soucy Vineyards - 08/07/2010Country Summer Brunch 'RSVP' at Prince Michel Winery - 08/08/2010Enjoy the Musical Vibe of 'Take Four' - 08/07/2010Friday Movie Night at Phili... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Some August Virginia Wine... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • Breaux Vineyards Chère Marie 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by shortydips24

  • Breaux Vineyards Seyval Blanc Loudoun County Jolie Blond 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by shortydips24

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