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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Oasis Winery

    Just under an hour drive from our Nations Capitol near the Blue Ridge Mountains, lies the world f...

  • Horton Vineyards

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

  • Naked Mountain Vineyard & Winery

    Naked Mountain now produces over 6000 cases a year and is open seven days a week. In order to mee...

  • Blenheim Vineyards

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

  • Sugarleaf Vineyards

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

  • Oak Crest Vineyard & Winery

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

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Virginia on Snooth

  • The (Innaugural!) National Wine ExperienceWhen:November 20th, 2010 ... ... ... Democracy Vineyards from Virginia ALONE- LET along several from New York and PA...Just going to be interesting.  Wish I could go myself and would love to see a trip report emerge from the knowledgable Snooth audience. Read More

    Forum post in the topic "The National Wine... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • Château Morrisette Petit Verdot 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by ConnieJ

  • Château Morrisette Chambourcin 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by siul128

  • Northern Vineyards Rivertown Red Minnesota


    One of only two wines I've bought that I didn't even save to cook with. The nose was a combination of lager yeast, bile, and vinegar. The taste had a bit of generic tart fruit, but was overwhelmed by a taste strikingly similar to beer that's been fermented too warm with a bacterial infection. Read More

    Wine review by art4atom

  • 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

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