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

  • 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

  • The Winery at La Grange

    Very rich in history and very rich in wine, the new Winery at La Grange opened September 2006 as ...

  • 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...

  • AmRhein's Wine Cellar

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

  • Horton Vineyards

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

  • Pearmund Cellars

    Voted Virginia's Favorite Winery in 2007, Pearmund Cellars is located in the beautiful foothills ...

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  • Barboursville Vineyards Viognier Reserve 2009


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

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • Once again from our friends at Ohio's own:"Hello, Friends -The weather is ... VirginiaNovember 20Thomas Jefferson Wine FestivalPoplar Forest, Virginia. 11 am - 5 pm; $20/advance, $25/door. Enjoy Virginia wineries, featuring the Bedford Wine Trail House, local food purveyors and artisans, musical entertainment, and much more. Guided tours of Jef... Read More

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  • Three Fox Vineyards Cabernet Franc Alouette 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by phillips87

  • Clicking on this link will download a list of all the winners, who received ... ... co-founder) along with Virginia's First Lady and Chris Pearmund (Photos ©Britt Marketing and Public Relations Read More

    Forum post in the topic Virginia: Entire list of... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • A shocker straight from the back yard of Mr. Jefferson himself:The winner of ... ... from the Commonwealth of Virginia is:Paradise Springs Winery of Clifton's Chardonnay, 2009Hearty congradulations to the folks at Paradise Springs on their first major award of what promises to be a very bright future!(Full story here from the Daily Progress.. Read More

    Forum post in the topic And the winner is... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • Paradise Springs of Clifton Chardonnay 2009


    Though I've yet to try it myself: Paradise Springs' 2009 Chardonnay won the very first ever Virginia Governors Cup awarded specifically to a white wine. 2010 was the first year that both a red and a white were awarded the most coveted award in Virginia for the best wine.It is news in two respects:1) That a winery so new (one year in the works) ... Read More

    Wine review by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • This is a great update from the folks at Veritas Vineyards & Winery.  ... my reportage on the wines of Virginia, and was not paid to be so.  I should also say that I was not compensated in any way when I refer to her as fair or phenomenal in what she does, from here on out.Phenomenal at what she does....Fair in her brief critique of your's tru... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A note on the 2010 vintage in... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • Pollak Vineyards Petit Verdot Monticello 2008


    Tried the Pollak 2008 Petit Verdot amidst some poignantly competitive company ... is shaping up to be the new Virginian style of wine making- you could do a lot worse than to try this example from Pollak Vineyards... in an "off" year.Their 2007 Meritage was also jammin. FY Read More

    Wine review by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood

  • Rappahannock Meritage 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by AndyB123

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