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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Popular wines made in Virginia under $20

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Varietals Produced in Virginia View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Sugarleaf Vineyards

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

  • Barren Ridge Vineyards

    Located on the family’s former apple orchard, Barren Ridge Vineyards is now home to Augusta Cou...

  • Michael Shaps

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

  • Bella Piazza Winery

    Situated in a picturesque setting in Shenandoah Valley, Bella Piazza is surrounded by rolling vin...

  • Horton Vineyards

    Wine lover and entrepreneur Dennis Horton began his winemaking venture with a small home viney...

  • Veritas Vineyard & Winery

    "Veritas Winery, a family business owned by Andrew and Patricia Hodson,opened for business in Jun...

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Virginia on Snooth

  • Barboursville Octagon Fifth Edition 2001


    No written review

    Wine review by phillips87

  • Breaux Vineyards Nebbiolo Loudoun County Ice Wine 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by phillips87

  • Barboursville Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend Monticello Octagon 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by phillips87

  • Hey All:Just read a terrific book about a little known grape, the Norton. Book ... Kliman. Grown basically in Virginia and Missouri. Incredible story as this grape has experienced several periods of tremendous popularity and significant obscurity throughout US history. Give this one a read- I think you'll like it. Fast paced, informative and a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Norton Grape

  • Vino Curioso Erhôneous 2007


    The 2007 was worth a purchase. Tried the 2008 this year and determined that the new blend was inferior and thus passed on it. Read More

    Wine review by uursw

  • Chrysalis Vineyards Mariposa Virgina Dry Rosé Table Wine 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by uursw

  • Bacon Hollow Revenuers' Select NV


    Delicious wine! Smooth, slight sweet taste and not dry at all. I love this wine! Read More

    Wine review by CandleLadyClara

  • Williamsburg Winery Governors White NV


    In layman's terms - This is an excellent well priced wine that can hold it's own. It is wonderful anytime of year! Pairs well with white meats, seafood, ham & spicy foods. A glass (or two, or three!) is even wonderful alone for that after work relaxer! This is a semi-dry wine that is lightly on the sweet side. Great to take to a dinner party!... Read More

    Wine review by Hckst

  • Kenco Farms Raspberry Melomel


    Their mead wines are perfect for a person that loves fruit and a very sweet taste. You can taste the honey in the Blue mead, their sweetest, and their honey apple is absolutley fabulous! Read More

    Wine review by Bre3186

  • Saturday (22 May) was a great success despite the rain.  The huge fest ... thing is for certain:  Virginia definitely has its own terroir.  After tasting at some of the wineries and festivals, I'm beginning to detect some overall typical aromas and flavors that seem to pervade throughout each of the wineries, especially Cabernet Franc, Merlot,... Read More

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

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