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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • White Hall Vineyards

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

  • Doukénie Winery

    Doukénie Winery strives to produce the finest wines possible and to give our patrons an education...

  • Valhalla Vineyards

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

  • Karmère Vineyards & Winery

    KARMÈRE VINEYARDS AND WINERY OF SHENANDOAH VALLEY is a result of five generations of farming and ...

  • Woodland Vineyard

    Woodland Vineyard is a small family-owned and operated vineyard and farm winery located in Midlot...

  • Sugarleaf Vineyards

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

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  • I'm new to wine drinking and live in Fredericksburg, VA. I never realized that Virginia has so many wineries! I've been to a few and so far I like Marterella the best. Good atmosphere and good wine. My wine taste so far has been leaning towards mostly white wines. Any advice on good places that serve/sell wine in my area and on Virginia wines wo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hi, I'm new


  • Ceretto Barbaresco Bricco Asili 2003

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    Simple aromatics with spicy and exotic wood notes and bright rhubarb fruits in an expressive, slightly hot style. This is fairly bright and linear in the mouth but the tannins are a bit bitter and prominent through the mid-palate and the finish. 86pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Buena Vista Pinot Noir 2005

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    Tasted at the winery 9/19/09. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Buena Vista Pinot Noir 2005

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    Tasted at the winery 9/19/09. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Buena Vista Pinot Noir 2005

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    Tasted at the winery 9/19/09. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • I was asked by a fellow snoother to write a bit about Norton wines after I had ... Daniel Norton (1794-1842) of Virginia. It was first mentioned in William Prince's book "A Treatise on the Vine", published in 1830. It is presumed to be a hybrid of the Bland grape (a now extinct Vitis aestivalis hybrid of uncertain origin) and Miller's Burgundy... Read More

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  • What: The Virginia Wine FestivalWhen: September 19th & 20thWhere: Bull Run Regional Park7700 Bull Run DriveCentreville, VA 20121703-631-0550Directions and further info: http://across-the-way.com/index.php?pr=vw_locationOfficial promotional page with all kinds of information on tickets, lodging, etc.:http://across-the-way.com/index.php?pr=vw_tick... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Virginia Wine Festival,... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • Amrhein Wine Cellars Traminette Blue Ridge Foothills 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by jon volkle


  • Barboursville Vineyards Sangiovese Orange County Reserve 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by lkg11


  • Villa Appalaccia Winery Sangiovese Blend Blue Ridge Foothills Toscanello 2005

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    Wine review by jon volkle


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