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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  • 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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  • Dye's Vineyards

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

  • Barren Ridge Vineyards

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

  • Ingleside Vineyards

    Ingleside Vineyards is nestled in the narrowest point of land between the Rappahannock and Potoma...

  • Veritas Vineyard & Winery

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

  • Valhalla Vineyards

    Valhalla was conceived as a vineyard and winery to allow us to strive for perfection. Is there an...

  • White Hall Vineyards

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

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  • 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

  • Gray Ghost Vineyards Adieu 2006


    This is a spectacular dessert wine - I served it at my wedding! Read More

    Wine review by JulesLovesReds

  • Potomac Point Vineyard and Winery Norton Virginia 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by ashbee7

  • Prince Michel Cabernet Franc 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by bayview151

  • Chrysalis Vineyards White Blend Sarah's Patio White 2007


    Definetly a springtime or summertime wine. Must be prepared for a very sweet a good wine, but again, very sweet Read More

    Wine review by JillRick

  • Horton Vineyards Norton Orange County 2005


    I am intrigued by the Norton varietal. While this is not my favorite representation of it, I was lucky enough to partake of a bottle of Keswick Norton Reserve last year and it was awesome! I don't remember the vintage, but I believe it was a 2004. A co-worker of mine worked at the winery on weekends in the tasting room, and she was able to sc... Read More

    Wine review by Imperial210

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