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...

  • Viognier

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

  • 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...

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Barren Ridge Vineyards

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

  • Peaks of Otter Winery

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

  • Michael Shaps

    "Virginia Wineworks" was founded in 2007. It is a partnership of Philip Stafford and Michael Sha...

  • Rockbridge Vineyard

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

  • Veritas Vineyard & Winery

    "Veritas Winery, a family business owned by Andrew and Patricia Hodson,opened for business in Jun...

  • Sugarleaf Vineyards

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

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Virginia on Snooth

  • Today, just a few short days after returning from our west coast wine tasting ... this time) to the middle of Virginia to pick up two wine club allocations at Boxwood and RdV.  The wines we purchased are shown in the 'What did you buy' topic, so they aren't shown here, but my biggest mistake was not noticing that Sandra was wearing the sweater... Read More

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  • Just got back from some wine tasting in Virginia and we picked up two allocations from our wine club.  See the Weekday wines for the tasting experiences.  Here are the allocations from RdV and Boxwood. Read More

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  • We have arrived safely back home in Virginia.  Our flight from Seattle to Chicago was fine, but the flight departing Chicago to Washington National was delayed 45 minutes to access a dent the baggage handlers made in the cargo door.  We were worried they would ground the plane as there were no other flights (everyone was booked going into the No... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine tasting in Oregon &...


  • Any favorites to report out of all those wines.  Excellent picto review of the days spent. Read More

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  • On the Friday (24 Feb 2017) we returned to our home in Northern Virginia, we stopped at two wineries to do tastings.  First stop was the King Family Vineyards, which is to the east of Charlottesville, Virginia.  As with many of the Virginia wineries, they win some medals and it's our practice to see which wineries won the current 'Governor's Cup... Read More

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  • Now, on to our dinner at Tastings of Charlottesville, with Bill Curtis providing us his personal service.   We walked over to the place, which was close to the Paramont Theater (you see Sandra's backside below as we approach the theater on the way to dinner), and upon entering, we saw that this place is indeed the best restaurant for wine lovers... Read More

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  • EM - Nope, I've never heard of that 'Three Bears' label.  I wonder what 'extra rich' means in terms of a wine?  I have heard of Torrance CA though, as I used to live there.  I attended South High School in Torrance, and prior to that it was Redondo Beach Union High School (one year there before we relocated to a house after coming out from the e... Read More

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  • Fritz the Cat?????????I'm guessing it wasn't THE Fritz the Cat. Entertaining report, Al.  However, have you ever seen this VA wine? I had breakfast in a coffee shop in Torrance this morning--Black Bear Diner.  This is a chain that, I'm pretty sure started up in Northern California. So, some of our N. California contributors may be familiar with ... Read More

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  • Sounds like the Trump administration is out to screw more people, as a favor to ... It's much better here in Virginia as far as we are concerned. However, I would not want to screw Maryland wineries out of current business practices to help a beer conglomerate.  &nbs Read More

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  • Not to sound indifferent but I have never had nor have any desire to taste wine ... ... I learned my lesson with Virginia.~ Brian - Cali wine sn Read More

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  • Who is going to the Smithfield Wine and Brewfest? http://www.virginiawinelovermag.com/Virginia-Wine-Festivals-Events/index.php/name/Smithfield/event/7712/

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  • Hume Vineyards 2010 Chambourcin - recently did a comparison of the 09 and 10 - both very good, but the 2010 is more complex and fruit forward. Great wine. Hume is producing some of the best wine in Northern Virginia. 2010 Rose is also a nice summertime drink

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  • Mark your calendar for the Wine Festival at Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia. Enjoy the splendor of spring while tasting Virginia’s best selection of wines at the home of Thomas Jefferson. Saturday, May 14, 2011, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Visit www.monticello.org/winefestival for more information!

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  • Or, in order to prevent you from going blind due to my lack of formatting: you can just click over to the main forum to read the original post, in all of its... formatted glory. http://www.snooth.com/talk/topic/more-great-news-from-virginia/ixzz1E468C26z/ Apologies, Chip

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  • [Repost] Virginia Governor Robert McDonald has been incredibly bullish and aggressive (good things) regarding the future of Virginia wine making and its surrounding agritourism potential for the Commonwealth. This new legislation is just another example of his policy directly promoting the expansion of wine production from the Cardinal's Commo...

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • Ok, since I can no longer send out announcements, I'll leave this message here instead. You can read the entire message (with links to key sources) here on the forums: http://www.snooth.com/talk/topic/kluge-going-under/#ixzz14Fnx5mnj The biggest non-surprise to those who know the first thing about Virginia wines has finally made itself appare...

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  • I have to see this thing. Here's the link to the first trailer. It is worth a watch for all wine fans and the film itself looks incredibly intriguing. (The image contains the link to the film maker's website, where you can get all kinds of images and background info concerning the film.) "Vintage: The Winemaker's Year" Yea. Note the Vineya...

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  • I updated some of the information regarding Pollak Vineyards & Winery, just fyi.

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  • I was recently in VA for vacation and a friend brought home some Thibaut-Janisson Blanc de Chardonnay, Virginia Sparkling Wine and it was superb. I was very surprised to be tasting champagne quality wine from Virginia. It finished off nicely and was an excellent refreshing treat for summer. I'll definitely be ordering some Go VA!

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