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

  • Vidal Blanc

    Vidal Blanc has proven to be amongst the versatile varietals in North American viticulture. In Canadian vineyards, th...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Pearmund Cellars

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

  • Barren Ridge Vineyards

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

  • Karmère Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Dye's Vineyards

    Rural Retreat Winery & Vineyards, LLC purchased Dye's Vineyards Feb 2007. Dye's previously had be...

  • Villa Appalaccia Winery

    A unique experience of Virginia Wine and Virginia Wineries is defined by a visit to Villa Appalac...

  • Doukénie Winery

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

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  • Pollak Vineyards Petit Verdot Monticello 2008


    Tried the Pollak 2008 Petit Verdot amidst some poignantly competitive company ... is shaping up to be the new Virginian style of wine making- you could do a lot worse than to try this example from Pollak Vineyards... in an "off" year.Their 2007 Meritage was also jammin. FY Read More

    Wine review by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • Rappahannock Meritage 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by AndyB123

  • From our friends over at Virginia Wine, where you can find a complete list of the upcoming single and multiple-day wine events.  Here's a short-list of the single day events:Cabernet Franc Vine to Wine Harvest Tasting - 09/26/2010Chesapeake Bay Wine & Harvest Festival at Stratford Hall - 09/25/2010Demetrios and Curtis on Guitar - 09/2... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Virginia Wine Events (&... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • The Winery at la Grange Red Bordeaux Blend Meritage 2006


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    Wine review by prp421

  • See this article?  on the front-page there?Well, it's a good read and one ... ... Biscotti.Your familiar Virginia junky's gonna be putting on a few more lbs. this weekend.  ...I can just tel Read More

    Forum post in the topic Ahh... the deliscious irony... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • 2 more days to take advantage of this $10 coupon code - we will need to turn ... ... to know about this great Virginia Vino even Read More

    Forum post in the topic Quick reminder about the Wine... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • Barboursville Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend Monticello Octagon 2005


    Superb wine, superbly vinified and balanced, with lots of complexity. A bit closed - intrinsically difficult to get into needs longer breathing time, and maybe even decanting.Deeply dark maroon/cherry colour. Nose of red berry/currant not overwhelmed by oak.Palate of red currant, coffee, tobacco, hints of liquorice and menthol a dark flavour... Read More

    Wine review by RSHall

  • Click here for the whole article, but here's some choice quotes regarding the ... ... harvesting of grapes in Virginia in memory," said Tony Wolf, viticulturist at Virginia Tech and a consultant to many wineries in the Old Dominion.At Virginia Wineworks, a custom-crush facility south of Charlottesville that plays home to several wineries, g... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Post talks about the 2010... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • Thibaut and Janisson Blanc de Chardonnay Virginia Sparkling Wine NV


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    Wine review by socko33

  • Get $10 off your duckets just by stopping by our friends over at for $10 off details)The 2010 Wine Festival at The Plains is shaping up to be the best ever. In addition to world class Virginia Wines, the Seminar Tent will be loaded with informative and entertaining presentations. And, as always, there will be ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic (Virginia Events) ~ Wine... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

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