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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • AmRhein's Wine Cellar

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

  • Michael Shaps

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

  • Barboursville Vineyards

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

  • Blenheim Vineyards

    Established in 2000 by owner Dave Matthews (* Yes: THAT Dave Matthews), Blenheim Vineyards is a f...

  • James River Cellars

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

  • Woodland Vineyard

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

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  • Fabbioli Cellars Merlot Raspberry Merlot NV


    No written review

    Wine review by shortydips24

  • Keswick Vineyards Touriga Nacional Monticello 2006


    Was so fine, the aroma of cookies being baked was what got me to drinking more of this grape by this producer. Read More

    Wine review by GoWine373

  • This event is sure to be a fun-filled day of wine & friends that will ... ... and Philip Carter Winery of Virginia. The bus will return to West Falls Church Metro at approximately 3PM. Patrons will receive 25 wine tastings and one souvenir glass. Bottle purchases at some locations will also help contribute to CrisisLink. T-shirts will be sold ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic CrisisLink's Inaugural...

  • Barren Ridge Vineyards Harmony 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by gmsassy

  • Picture the voice of U2s' Bono, and then file this under:"If I could, ya know I ... ... & Gourmet presents a Virginia Wine Dinner at the Ivy Inn (click for location and directions) featuring Veritas Wines, hosted by winemaker Emily Pelton. Join us at the Ivy Inn for a fantastic evening of Veritas wine and food featuring five wines and four c... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Taste & meet Emily Pelton ~... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • Breaux Vineyards Viognier 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by BMW1079

  • Cooper Noche NV


    Really smooth, wonderful chocolate finish. Read More

    Wine review by lindztay17

  • Barboursville Octagon Virginia 2006


    Smoky and oaky. Tastes like a Super-Tuscan. Great pairing for Supreme Pizza with all the fixins. The flavors especially played off of the black olives. Drink now or cellar for 2 years. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • The bags and boxes have arrived and the logo has been ok'd by Michael & ... be "boxing up" their 2009 Virginia Wineworks Chardonnay. Which I can't wait to see the results of.Read more: Just a "White", no more Read More

    Forum post in the topic Virginia Wine Works- putting... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  •  If you're in a Virginia State of mind and want to find the best set of events out there, I can't recommend enough that you pay them a visit.SINGLE DAY EVENTS... (Visit for a listing of all events this October)'Sangria Saturday' - 10/16/2010A Paws for the Cause Benefit for Pug Rescue - 10/17/2010At 5pm BOW is closing for a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A host of Virginia Wine... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

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