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...

  • 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...

  • Vidal Blanc

    Vidal Blanc has proven to be amongst the versatile varietals in North American viticulture. In Canadian vineyards, th...

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Veritas Vineyard & Winery

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

  • The Winery at La Grange

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

  • Dillian Wines

    Tom Dillian is a fourth generation Amador County farmer. His great grandfather Alessio Dal Porto ...

  • Oak Crest Vineyard & Winery

    A Long time effort by the Conrad Brandts family culminated in the opening of Oak Crest Winery in...

  • Naked Mountain Vineyard & Winery

    Naked Mountain now produces over 6000 cases a year and is open seven days a week. In order to mee...

  • Virginia Wineworks

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

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  • Ah, a very nice day here in Northern Virginia.  It got up to 70 F by late afternoon.  We had the grand kids in the morning to early afternoon and then we needed to visit with Sandra's parents because they had a long time family friend visiting with them; by 4:30 PM I was back home and ready to ride my Harley Fatboy!  I managed to ride over to my... Read More

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  • DM - It was posted17 February 2017, but I know why you cannot see it.  You ... ... the Trump Winery wines (Virginia) from their shelves.  When that's done, it's gonna be great again.  Trust m Read More

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  • "Keep him out of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys plus Oregon"Washington, ... too. Shall we let him have Virginia, Al?  ;-)  A farce, yes, RCKR, and the people of NYC are well familiar with that aspect of the Trump experience (and guess how well he did at the polls there). However at this new level for him, where trial-and-error experiments are so ... Read More

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  • MJ - Those wines and the beautiful weather in Florida would be quite a treat ... winter up here in Northern Virginia, I would certainly enjoy some additional warmth.  This morning I went on a short motorcycle ride to nearby Clifton VA, and I'm glad I did.  I beat the rain by a few minutes and had a good time talking to a few buddies.Last night... Read More

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  • I believe that Virginia wineries are permitted to ship their wines out of state. Read More

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  • Boy, the weather sure has been topsy-turvy the past few days here in northern Virginia.  Tuesday and Wednesday we reached 70 F, but Thursday it dropped below freezing and got real windy - and yes, there was some snow.  I think last night the wind chill was 13 F, so we are talking a big change.  One of the two stray kitties we feed (Tiger) was co... Read More

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  • Ok, I made some nachos for my sweetie and I.  The sparkling wine is a good ... ... F day here in Northern Virgini Read More

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  • Yes, I am getting a bit low.  I haven't opened that Virginia Wasmunds scotch though and it was about $90 because it was finished in sherry casks.  It is most excellent.  Perhaps I should open that on Super Bowl Sunday? Read More

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  • RC - As with most regions, there are good wineries and not so good wineries. ... few exceptional wineries in Virginia; many are good, some mediocre.  California, Oregon and Washington probably have an order of magnitude more exceptional wineries.  Our favorite Winery in Virginia has been RdV; I think there are only a few (out of around 250) he... Read More

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  • Champagne tasting sounds like a good idea, I should try that sometime.Tonight I ... a 2010 Cabernet Franc from Virginia and while it's getting better with some air, I don't recommend it at al 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...

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  • 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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