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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Prince Michel Vineyards

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

  • Barboursville Vineyards

    Defying the unanimous advice of government officials, land owners, and bankers to plant tobacco a...

  • Rockbridge Vineyard

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

  • Chateau Morrisette

    Chateau Morrisette Winery is one of Southwest Virginia's premier destinations for award-winning w...

  • Peaks of Otter Winery

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

  • Blenheim Vineyards

    Established in 2000 by owner Dave Matthews (* Yes: THAT Dave Matthews), Blenheim Vineyards is a f...

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  • Toast your hard-won holiday purchases or take a break from the madness by sampling the finest Virginia wines in our tasting room.Nov 27, 200911am - 6pmTarara Winery13648 Tarara LaneLeesburg, VA 20176Telephone: (703) 771-7100 Read More

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  • Intimate, hour-long tastings of seven premium Tarara wines, including limited ... glimpse into Tarara wine and Virginia winemaking from one of our wine specialists. Complete with select food pairings, this is truly a special wine experience. Tastings take place Saturday and Sunday at 12:30, 2:00, 3:30 and 5:00 pm. Reservations for parties of l... Read More

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  • First Colony Winery Viognier Monticello 2005


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    Wine review by Jschwendemann

  • I'm new to wine drinking and live in Fredericksburg, VA. I never realized that Virginia has so many wineries! I've been to a few and so far I like Marterella the best. Good atmosphere and good wine. My wine taste so far has been leaning towards mostly white wines. Any advice on good places that serve/sell wine in my area and on Virginia wines wo... Read More

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  • Ceretto Barbaresco Bricco Asili 2003


    Simple aromatics with spicy and exotic wood notes and bright rhubarb fruits in an expressive, slightly hot style. This is fairly bright and linear in the mouth but the tannins are a bit bitter and prominent through the mid-palate and the finish. 86pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Buena Vista Pinot Noir 2005


    Tasted at the winery 9/19/09. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Buena Vista Pinot Noir 2005


    Tasted at the winery 9/19/09. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Buena Vista Pinot Noir 2005


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    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • I was asked by a fellow snoother to write a bit about Norton wines after I had ... Daniel Norton (1794-1842) of Virginia. It was first mentioned in William Prince's book "A Treatise on the Vine", published in 1830. It is presumed to be a hybrid of the Bland grape (a now extinct Vitis aestivalis hybrid of uncertain origin) and Miller's Burgundy... Read More

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  • What: The Virginia Wine FestivalWhen: September 19th & 20thWhere: Bull Run Regional Park7700 Bull Run DriveCentreville, VA 20121703-631-0550Directions and further info: promotional page with all kinds of information on tickets, lodging, etc.: Read More

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