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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Popular wines made in Virginia under $20

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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...

  • Viognier

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • James River Cellars

    Located in historic Hanover County in Glen Allen, Virginia, 10 miles North of Richmond, 10 miles ...

  • Young's Vineyard

    Young's is one of the first vineyards you come to after turning onto Shenandoah Road in Plymouth....

  • Barboursville Vineyards

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

  • Bella Piazza Winery

    Situated in a picturesque setting in Shenandoah Valley, Bella Piazza is surrounded by rolling vin...

  • Dillian Wines

    Tom Dillian is a fourth generation Amador County farmer. His great grandfather Alessio Dal Porto ...

  • Horton Vineyards

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

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  • Cooper Noche NV


    Really smooth, wonderful chocolate finish. Read More

    Wine review by lindztay17

  • Barboursville Octagon Virginia 2006


    Smoky and oaky. Tastes like a Super-Tuscan. Great pairing for Supreme Pizza with all the fixins. The flavors especially played off of the black olives. Drink now or cellar for 2 years. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • The bags and boxes have arrived and the logo has been ok'd by Michael & ... be "boxing up" their 2009 Virginia Wineworks Chardonnay. Which I can't wait to see the results of.Read more: Just a "White", no more Read More

    Forum post in the topic Virginia Wine Works- putting... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  •  If you're in a Virginia State of mind and want to find the best set of events out there, I can't recommend enough that you pay them a visit.SINGLE DAY EVENTS... (Visit for a listing of all events this October)'Sangria Saturday' - 10/16/2010A Paws for the Cause Benefit for Pug Rescue - 10/17/2010At 5pm BOW is closing for a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A host of Virginia Wine... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • October is Virginia Wine Month.  This October is going to be a special one for "The Fair Commonwealth" as it is discovered for the competitive & unique wine making region that it is.It's the start of something new, and more and more folks are picking up on it.Virginia, my friends, is for wine lovers.Click the pic for a taste of what's coming. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Get ready folks. We've been... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • Barboursville Vineyards Pinot Grigio 2009


    i think that if you took a bunch of fig newtons and liquified them, the flavor on this would be similar. This a GOOD thing. I paired this with Gorton's Potato Crunch Fish Filets and it was a great combo. The filets were sinfully delicious as well. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • Barboursville Nebbiolo Reserve Virginia 2007


    Terrific pizza wine. Nice dry earth, some kirsch. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • Naked Mountain Red Blend Fauquier County Raptor Red 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by madisondj

  • I have to see this thing.  Here's the link to the first trailer.  It ... ... to you lucky peeps in Virginia on PBS at:-WCVE Richmond PBS October 5th at 8pm and October 7th at 9:30pm-WHTJ Charlottesville PBS October 5th at 8pm and October 7th at 9:30pm-WVPT Harrisonburg PBS October 5th at 9:00pm-WHRO Norfolk PBS October 7th at 9:30pm-WBRA Roan... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Virginia Wines: THE FILM...... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • Barboursville Vineyards Viognier Reserve 2009


    creamy a mango smoothie. Some nice sour pineapple too. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

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