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...

  • 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...

Subregions of Virginia

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 ...

  • Barren Ridge Vineyards

    Located on the family’s former apple orchard, Barren Ridge Vineyards is now home to Augusta Cou...

  • Rockbridge Vineyard

    Rockbridge Vineyard is the fruition of Shepherd Rouse's dream to make fine wine in his native sta...

  • Chateau Morrisette

    Chateau Morrisette Winery is one of Southwest Virginia's premier destinations for award-winning w...

  • Bella Piazza Winery

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

  • The Winery at La Grange

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

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Virginia on Snooth

  • The Winery at la Grange Champagne Blend

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    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

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    No written review

    Wine review by DSHeVine


  • Chrysalis Vineyards Tannat Reserve Hollin 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by phillips87


  • Fabbioli Cellars Merlot Raspberry Merlot NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by shortydips24


  • Keswick Vineyards Touriga Nacional Monticello 2006

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    Was so fine, the aroma of cookies being baked was what got me to drinking more of this grape by this producer. Read More

    Wine review by GoWine373


  • This event is sure to be a fun-filled day of wine & friends that will ... ... and Philip Carter Winery of Virginia. The bus will return to West Falls Church Metro at approximately 3PM. Patrons will receive 25 wine tastings and one souvenir glass. Bottle purchases at some locations will also help contribute to CrisisLink. T-shirts will be sold ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic CrisisLink's Inaugural...


  • Barren Ridge Vineyards Harmony 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by gmsassy


  • Picture the voice of U2s' Bono, and then file this under:"If I could, ya know I ... ... & Gourmet presents a Virginia Wine Dinner at the Ivy Inn (click for location and directions) featuring Veritas Wines, hosted by winemaker Emily Pelton. Join us at the Ivy Inn for a fantastic evening of Veritas wine and food featuring five wines and four c... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Taste & meet Emily Pelton ~... by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • Breaux Vineyards Viognier 2005

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    Wine review by BMW1079


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