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...

  • 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...

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Michael Shaps

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

  • Gray Ghost Vineyards

    Gray Ghost, a family owned and operated winery, is placing Virginia on the international wine map...

  • Valhalla Vineyards

    Valhalla was conceived as a vineyard and winery to allow us to strive for perfection. Is there an...

  • Chateau Morrisette

    Chateau Morrisette Winery is one of Southwest Virginia's premier destinations for award-winning w...

  • Virginia Wineworks

    Located in the former Montdomaine winery just 12 miles south of Charlottesville, Virginia Winewor...

  • Pearmund Cellars

    Voted Virginia's Favorite Winery in 2007, Pearmund Cellars is located in the beautiful foothills ...

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  • Williamsburg Winery Governors White NV


    No written review

    Wine review by orangetabby

  • Chateau Morrisette Blushing Dog NV


    No written review

    Wine review by fyrekev

  • Kluge Estate New World Red 2002


    A phenomenal wine never released to the liquor distributors. This is comparable to $100 Napa valley wines in my opinion. The 2002 is great as soon as you open the bottle... after a few days, it does start to deterioate, but still has a great taste and impeccable smoothness. Read More

    Wine review by walshwi

  • Lake Anna Winery Spotsylvania Claret Red Blend NV


    Full and fruity without bitterness. The cabernet franc is quite evident in the nose, and the mouth bursts into full cabernet resonance that one can relish with each sip. This wine is a wonderful complement to a filet or fabulous when sipped on its own before a winter fireplace. A single glass satisfies, but it is so delicious that a second gl... Read More

    Wine review by Rodcccgolfusa

  • Horton Vineyards Pear Orange County Pear Port NV


    No written review

    Wine review by BoomCha

  • Chrysalis Vineyards Norton Estate Bottled 2004


    Full bodied, robust fruit. Great Norton. Read More

    Wine review by seedguy

  • Jefferson Vineyards Chardonnay Monticello 2009


    This is a delightful Chardonnay, especially for anyone that is tired of drinking the typical "Californian" Chardonnay's that are over-done. This white is a beautiful blend of crisp, clean flavors, that do not "coat" the palate, but refresh the taste buds. The 2006 & 2008 vintages are phenomenally prefect, and would be comparable to any tradition... Read More

    Wine review by dalderson

  • Jefferson Vineyards Chardonnay Monticello 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by dalderson

  • Jefferson Vineyards Petit Verdot Monticello 2008


    This wine is a wonderful approachable wine that balances the soft tannins, smoky flavor, and complexity to produce a veritable taste sensation on the palate. Previous vintages have been lacking in the finish, however, the 2008 finishes beautifully. Combine with any meaty, hearty meal, or drink by-itself on a cold evening. This wine will stand th... Read More

    Wine review by dalderson

  • Jefferson Vineyards Petit Verdot Monticello 2002


    No written review

    Wine review by dalderson

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