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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

Subregions of Virginia

Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Tarara Winery

    At Tarara, we strive to cultivate wines that pour a classic taste of our surroundings into the gl...

  • Bray Vineyards

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

  • Horton Vineyards

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

  • Stone Mountain Vineyards

    Wine, which we have produced in our converted apple ground cellar is added to the fruit and veget...

  • Rockbridge Vineyard

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

  • White Hall Vineyards

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

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  • Kluge Estate New World Red 2002


    It's difficult for me to find words that describe just how much I disagree with ... ... what's being produced in Virginia ALONE... LET alone what's being produced in California.DO NOT, and I plead with you to not throw this wine up as an example of World Class Virginia reds wine. I DO NOT CARE WHO MAY HAVE MADE IT... Want a great yet under the... Read More

    Wine review by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • Ingleside Petit Verdot 2005


    I like the regular more than the special reserve. Easier to drink. Read More

    Wine review by rmiranne

  • Williamsburg Winery Governors White NV


    No written review

    Wine review by orangetabby

  • Chateau Morrisette Blushing Dog NV


    No written review

    Wine review by fyrekev

  • Kluge Estate New World Red 2002


    A phenomenal wine never released to the liquor distributors. This is comparable to $100 Napa valley wines in my opinion. The 2002 is great as soon as you open the bottle... after a few days, it does start to deterioate, but still has a great taste and impeccable smoothness. Read More

    Wine review by walshwi

  • Lake Anna Winery Spotsylvania Claret Red Blend NV


    Full and fruity without bitterness. The cabernet franc is quite evident in the nose, and the mouth bursts into full cabernet resonance that one can relish with each sip. This wine is a wonderful complement to a filet or fabulous when sipped on its own before a winter fireplace. A single glass satisfies, but it is so delicious that a second gl... Read More

    Wine review by Rodcccgolfusa

  • Horton Vineyards Pear Orange County Pear Port NV


    No written review

    Wine review by BoomCha

  • Chrysalis Vineyards Norton Estate Bottled 2004


    Full bodied, robust fruit. Great Norton. Read More

    Wine review by seedguy

  • Jefferson Vineyards Chardonnay Monticello 2009


    This is a delightful Chardonnay, especially for anyone that is tired of drinking the typical "Californian" Chardonnay's that are over-done. This white is a beautiful blend of crisp, clean flavors, that do not "coat" the palate, but refresh the taste buds. The 2006 & 2008 vintages are phenomenally prefect, and would be comparable to any tradition... Read More

    Wine review by dalderson

  • Jefferson Vineyards Chardonnay Monticello 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by dalderson

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