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

  • 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...

  • 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...

Subregions of Virginia

Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Sugarleaf Vineyards

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

  • Veritas Vineyard & Winery

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

  • Gray Ghost Vineyards

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

  • Virginia Wineworks

    Located in the former Montdomaine winery just 12 miles south of Charlottesville, Virginia Winewor...

  • Doukénie Winery

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

  • Prince Michel Vineyards

    Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery is located in "the heart of Virginia wine country", 35 minutes ...

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  • Linden Chardonnay Hardscrabble 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by phillips87

  • Barboursville Vineyards Cabernet Franc Orange County Reserve 2008


    This gets extra points because it's a killer wine from Virginia. Fresh berries on the nose. Solid integrated oak with great pepper and dusty dry tannins. Great with vegetable pizza. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • The Winery at la Grange Champagne Blend


    The 2007 Tannat has potential but the flavors just weren't very well balanced. There were notes of dark berries, prune, and earthy flavors. The alcohol smell was a bit overwhelming. It did, however, have a nice round finish. Read More

    Wine review by CorkChronicler

  • The biggest non-surprise to those who know the first thing about Virginia wines has finally made itself apparent to the press: Kluge Estate (as well as Sweely Estate- another operation that stretched itself too far financially regarding expansion during rough times) are going belly up.Here's the story from C-Ville...The most interesting part of ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Kluge going under... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • Château Morrisette Chambourcin 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by DSHeVine

  • Chrysalis Vineyards Tannat Reserve Hollin 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by phillips87

  • 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

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