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

  • White Hall Vineyards

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

  • Naked Mountain Vineyard & Winery

    Naked Mountain now produces over 6000 cases a year and is open seven days a week. In order to mee...

  • AmRhein's Wine Cellar

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

  • Barboursville Vineyards

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

  • Young's Vineyard

    Young's is one of the first vineyards you come to after turning onto Shenandoah Road in Plymouth....

  • Stone Mountain Vineyards

    Wine, which we have produced in our converted apple ground cellar is added to the fruit and veget...

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  • For anyone who lives in Maryland, Virginia, or West Virginia that's in close proximity to The Plains just west of the National Capital Region should check out the festival this weekend.  There will be A LOT of Virginia wineries participating.  The price of the ticket will be, I believe, $35 at the door.  The ticket includes unlimited wine tastin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Virginia Wine Festival at The...

  • Pollak Vineyards White Blend Monticello Durant White 2008


    A light note of grapefruit and citrus on the nose. Moderate acidity, definitely some buttery notes from the Chardonnay. Read More

    Wine review by scandleriv

  • Would love to chat with new people about wines from different areas.  I'm from Virginia and our region is lately becoming very adept at producing great wine.  I live in the midst of a large cluster of vineyards and used to work at Sugarleaf (GREAT wine there)  and I really respect the process and hard work it takes to produce a great wine.  Love... Read More

    Forum post in the topic HI... Just got started here

  • Sugarleaf Cabernet Franc


    I used to work at Sugarleaf and all their wine is awesome. The Cab Franc is one of my faves Read More

    Wine review by Mchluvnhi

  • King Family Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend Monticello Meritage 2007


    This wine is better than earlier years, and seems to be softer. The plum/cherry is still there, but there seems to be a hint of chocolate with a smoother texture and tannins that are softer. Won the VA Governor's Cup with gold. Nice wine to drink. Read More

    Wine review by RMH

  • Pollak Vineyards Rosé 2008


    Refreshing. Light but still sweet. A good wine for a sunny afternoon. Read More

    Wine review by scandleriv

  • And here I was, all along, thinking it would be the '07 Shaps "Meritage" that ... throughout the now-booming Virginia Wine Industry.I must TRY IT.  Espcially if it's better than the Shaps?  Carumba.Winemaker Matthieu Finot (a Frenchman from Crozes Hermitage, no less) crafted this gem from, and get this: merlot (which Shaps himself said was gro... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Congrats to King Family... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • There's a posting for Harvest Interns over at for Chrysalis ... ... of experience not only in Virginia but also in California and Oregon. Interns will participate in all aspects of winemaking from vineyard sampling to barreling down finished wines. Ideal candidates would have some crush experience, possess a strong work ethic, be ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Mostly for VA wine fans... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • Barboursville Vineyards Pinot Grigio 2007


    Fresh and fruity, with good acidity. Pineapple, lime, and tropical flavors with a nice "zing' on the palate. Read More

    Wine review by dickm

  • Linden Vineyards Bittersweet 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by lifelong214

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