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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • DelFosse Vineyards & Winery

    DelFosse Vineyards and Winery specializes in premium high end varietal wines that express the Vir...

  • Gray Ghost Vineyards

    Gray Ghost, a family owned and operated winery, is placing Virginia on the international wine map...

  • Rockbridge Vineyard

    Rockbridge Vineyard is the fruition of Shepherd Rouse's dream to make fine wine in his native sta...

  • Bray Vineyards

    Bray Vineyards is located in the heart of California’s Shenandoah Valley appellation. The Shenan...

  • Peaks of Otter Winery

    Located at the foot of the Peaks of Otter and near the National D-day Memorial. Our ancestors set...

  • 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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  • 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

  • With Earl potentially on the way, a boatload of Virginia Vineyards are taking the safer root and harvesting certain varietals now before any more rain comes.Wanna help out?Our friends over at have a great service in which they can help place individuals that want to spend some time volunteering to help out Virginia Vineyar... Read More

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  • Read an article on Politico's 'Click' website regarding what to do this year in ... ... was mentioned concerning Virginia Wine Country:"Virginia wine country: "Save that money you meant for the trip to Napa and travel just 50 miles out of the city to some great local vineyards, such as Barboursville, proclaimed by wine magazines for its natio... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Ugh. That's it? by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • IE: HARVEST TIME.  Especially this year concerning the bud break and all, ... from our friends over at Annual Harvest at Shenandoah Vineyards - 08/26/20103rd Annual Pick 'em and Stomp 'em - 08/28/2010Aprés Sparkling Release and Futures Tasting (unreleased wines) - 08/28/2010Beat the Heat at Foothills Scenic Wine... Read More

    Forum post in the topic New List: "End of Summer"... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • Virginia-oriented update.  For whatever reason, there was a rumor floating around out there that Blenheim Vineyards was closing its doors.  TO THAT, I would say I'm not surprised and very happy to report in the voice of Colonel Potter, that rumor was unadaulterated horse hockey.There is news from Blenheim though: They've sold out of their debut ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Blenheim's "Painted Red"... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • Ingleside Blue Crab Blanc NV


    Light sweet wine, if you like sugary wines this is for you. Not my style. Read More

    Wine review by mgrandiflora

  • Click the pic to find out all about this great annual Virginia Wine Festival- and to receive $10 off. Read More

    Forum post in the topic $10 Coupon for a great... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • Wintergreen Vineyard & Winery Mill Hill Apple NV


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    Wine review by rob1girl

  • Tarara Wild River Rouge NV


    No written review

    Wine review by bajanwine

  • "The Wine Festival at the Plains: Harvest"Click above for event details.Here's a list of all the wineries that will be participating. Read More

    Forum post in the topic THE Virginia Wine Event not... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

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