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

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Gray Ghost Vineyards

    Gray Ghost, a family owned and operated winery, is placing Virginia on the international wine map...

  • Tarara Winery

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

  • Karmère Vineyards & Winery

    KARMÈRE VINEYARDS AND WINERY OF SHENANDOAH VALLEY is a result of five generations of farming and ...

  • Sugarleaf Vineyards

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

  • Peaks of Otter Winery

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

  • AmRhein's Wine Cellar

    We are one of Virginia’s family owned and operated wineries. Our wines have won numerous awards a...

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  • Pollak Vineyards Pinot Gris Monticello 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by er4770a

  • Pollak Vineyards Merlot Monticello 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by er4770a

  • Gaja Langhe Sperss 2003


    A beautiful dark red colored wine. Wonderful blackberry flavor with a bit of red licorice. Strong yet smooth tannins, a hint of tobbaco and a lovely, long finish. Read More

    Wine review by overstreetjj

  • Tarara Winery Wild River Red 2003


    Yes the Wild River Red is being discontinued, but be certain that there are more incredible wines coming in the future. We are concentrating our focus to ensure all of our wines are the best possible. Thanks for the comments, Jordan Harris - Winemaker/General Manager - Tarara Winery Read More

    Wine review by Jordan Harris

  • What: The Virginia Wine ShowcaseWhen: Saturady, February 6th (from 11 - 6), & Sunday the 7th (from 11 - 5)Where: Dulles Expo Center (just west of DC)Linkage:, food tastings, seminars, all kinds of stuff; including of course some of the commonwealth's premier wineries & wine makers.List of wineries involved:... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Virginia Wine Showcase, 2/6 -... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • Tarara Winery Wild River Red 2003


    No one can say enough splendid things about this wine. So sad that Tarara is ... have heard) Sad, sad day in Virgini Read More

    Wine review by adchick

  • Philip Carter Chambourcin Sweet Danielle 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by christinecaro

  • Just a quick hello. I live in Northern Virginia outside of DC. Lots of wineries here. Having fun finding wines on the WS Top 100 list. Just bought some today and can't wait to open the first bottle. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello from Virginia

  • Little Virginia Cabernet Sauvignon 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by littlevirginiawi

  • Château Morrisette Chardonnay Angel NV


    This is a beautiful white wine that is exceptional year round. It is a semi-sweet Riesling-Traminette blend, using Vidal Blanc for added depth. Aromas of melons, citrus fruits, apricots, and delicate flowers highlight the soft finish of this soothing wine. Serve chilled with fruits and cheeses, fish, or spicy foods. It's extremely clear and cri... Read More

    Wine review by bluedog711

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