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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • AmRhein's Wine Cellar

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

  • Virginia Wineworks

    Located in the former Montdomaine winery just 12 miles south of Charlottesville, Virginia Winewor...

  • Sugarleaf Vineyards

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

  • Bray Vineyards

    Bray Vineyards is located in the heart of California’s Shenandoah Valley appellation. The Shenan...

  • Karmère Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Paradise Springs of Clifton

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

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  • Bacon Hollow Revenuers' Select NV


    Delicious wine! Smooth, slight sweet taste and not dry at all. I love this wine! Read More

    Wine review by CandleLadyClara

  • Williamsburg Winery Governors White NV


    In layman's terms - This is an excellent well priced wine that can hold it's own. It is wonderful anytime of year! Pairs well with white meats, seafood, ham & spicy foods. A glass (or two, or three!) is even wonderful alone for that after work relaxer! This is a semi-dry wine that is lightly on the sweet side. Great to take to a dinner party!... Read More

    Wine review by Hckst

  • Kenco Farms Raspberry Melomel


    Their mead wines are perfect for a person that loves fruit and a very sweet taste. You can taste the honey in the Blue mead, their sweetest, and their honey apple is absolutley fabulous! Read More

    Wine review by Bre3186

  • Saturday (22 May) was a great success despite the rain.  The huge fest ... thing is for certain:  Virginia definitely has its own terroir.  After tasting at some of the wineries and festivals, I'm beginning to detect some overall typical aromas and flavors that seem to pervade throughout each of the wineries, especially Cabernet Franc, Merlot,... Read More

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  • For anyone who lives in Maryland, Virginia, or West Virginia that's in close proximity to The Plains just west of the National Capital Region should check out the festival this weekend.  There will be A LOT of Virginia wineries participating.  The price of the ticket will be, I believe, $35 at the door.  The ticket includes unlimited wine tastin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Virginia Wine Festival at The...

  • Pollak Vineyards White Blend Monticello Durant White 2008


    A light note of grapefruit and citrus on the nose. Moderate acidity, definitely some buttery notes from the Chardonnay. Read More

    Wine review by scandleriv

  • Would love to chat with new people about wines from different areas.  I'm from Virginia and our region is lately becoming very adept at producing great wine.  I live in the midst of a large cluster of vineyards and used to work at Sugarleaf (GREAT wine there)  and I really respect the process and hard work it takes to produce a great wine.  Love... Read More

    Forum post in the topic HI... Just got started here

  • Sugarleaf Cabernet Franc


    I used to work at Sugarleaf and all their wine is awesome. The Cab Franc is one of my faves Read More

    Wine review by Mchluvnhi

  • King Family Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend Monticello Meritage 2007


    This wine is better than earlier years, and seems to be softer. The plum/cherry is still there, but there seems to be a hint of chocolate with a smoother texture and tannins that are softer. Won the VA Governor's Cup with gold. Nice wine to drink. Read More

    Wine review by RMH

  • Pollak Vineyards Rosé 2008


    Refreshing. Light but still sweet. A good wine for a sunny afternoon. Read More

    Wine review by scandleriv

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