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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Doukénie Winery

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

  • Oak Crest Vineyard & Winery

    A Long time effort by the Conrad Brandts family culminated in the opening of Oak Crest Winery in...

  • Paradise Springs of Clifton

    The site of Paradise Springs Winery lies on 36 acres nestled in the quiet corner of Clifton, VA o...

  • Veritas Vineyard & Winery

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

  • Blenheim Vineyards

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

  • Villa Appalaccia Winery

    A unique experience of Virginia Wine and Virginia Wineries is defined by a visit to Villa Appalac...

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  • Barboursville Vineyards Chardonnay Reserve 2007

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    Wine review by Vino Hokie


  • Château Morrisette Chambourcin 2006

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    Wine review by niknot


  • While a dreary haze and the odd, passing wisps of dead fish seem to fill my ... new all-star varietal in the Virginia soils in Petit Manseng).And that's before we get even close to the Shenandoah Valley, Charlottesville, etc.I am also on a quest to track down both Brad McCarhty's new hit, the "Stickdog Riesling"- as well as hoping to track dow... Read More

    Forum post in the topic "Travel" as in: GOIN' DOWN...... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • Flying Fox Viognier Monticello 2008

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    An 'average' Viognier for the buck, particularly when paired against some of ... ... Shenandoah Valley AVA in Virginia- on the 'other side of the mountain' from the much more popular Monticello AVA.Melon and hints of lemon zest on the nose reveal a light-medium bodied mouthfeel that is pleasant if not "mouth-coating" and luxurious as other hav... Read More

    Wine review by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • Barboursville Vineyards Barbera Orange County Reserve 2002

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    Wine review by phillips87


  • Linden Vineyards Hardscrabble Red 2006

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    Wine review by MadDawgma


  • King Family Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend Monticello Meritage 2006

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    Tasted this guy while it was still in the barrel and right after it was bottled, then once more a year later. Matthieu Finot (the wine maker) signed my last bottle and noted that it would be best shared in 2012. There is great fruit, with balanced spices. I can't wait to try the last bottle. Read More

    Wine review by bendoerr


  • Step 1: Get in car.Step 2: Go here:Click here to visit the Virginia Wine Profile to get the full skinny.  You can join our group and we'll keep you posted on all the 'doins' down in Virginia.Carl does a great job over at Virginia Wine Events.  Here's his latest of mid-July wine events in the "Commonwealeth".  If you haven't visited his site yet ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine travel: Made easy for... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • Abermarle Ciderworks Royal Pippin Virginia Apple Cider 2009

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    One of my favorite Virginia apples turned hard cider. This cider has a great champagne-like character to it yet will the full flavor of the fruit. From the back of the label "Thomas Jefferson grew large quantities for consumption at Monticello and wrote from Paris in 1785, 'They have no apples here to compare with our...Pippin.'" is very true fo... Read More

    Wine review by bendoerr


  • I stopped in at the Tucson "Total Wine" Store yesterday, since I was in Tucson ... ... and Israel! (yes, also Virginia). Even at the end a section on spirits and cigars (dont' smoke em, but somebody else might).I also like the fact that they have included prices for major wines offered from each region, because that in itself is helpful to th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Visit to "Total Wine"


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