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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Popular wines made in Virginia under $20

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Varietals Produced in Virginia View all

  • 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...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • 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

  • Blenheim Vineyards

    Established in 2000 by owner Dave Matthews (* Yes: THAT Dave Matthews), Blenheim Vineyards is a f...

  • Bray Vineyards

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

  • Prince Michel Vineyards

    Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery is located in "the heart of Virginia wine country", 35 minutes ...

  • Chateau Morrisette

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

  • Fincastle Vineyard

    Nestled in the Great Valley of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, Fincastle Vineyard & Winery produ...

  • AmRhein's Wine Cellar

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

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Virginia on Snooth

  • Greg, second Donna's comment about the ad.  How the heck did you find ... ... here on the Forum in Virginia wines.  Understandably, I suppose, this interest is mostly from residents of that area, but we do hope that you continue to participate.For other wines with a "hint of sweetmess," you might check out Rieslings from Germany.  Ones from t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • opps, that should be Eclipse -  correction made, I probably ... from ... ... from Horton Vineyards, a Virginia winery. It's a lightly sweet blend and they have both a red and a white that they call Eclipse, it's about a $12 bottle.  I don't care much for dessert wines or anything that's sweet, this has just a hint of sweetness.      &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Today just keeps getting better and better.  It's 65 F outside right ... ... day out here in Northern Virginia.  So I got home with the Medlock Ames shipment and had it all taken downstairs to our basement wine cellar when the phone rings and it's UPS - there was another package for me.  What?  I had the full case from this shipment, plus one ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • We've considered helping out with the harvest at Grey Ghost Vineyards here in Northern Virginia before, but the schedules never worked out for us.  What sort of training do they give someone new to harvesting the grapes, such as where to cut the bunches, how to handle them to avoid damage, etc.?I don't see any 'help with the harvest' information... Read More

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  • JS:  You would have loved the blind wine tasting class my wife Sandra and I took at RdV in Virginia recently with a Master Sommelier Jarad Slipp.  It is very helpful to have an expert telling you how your sense of smell and your taste buds interact to help you identify what is in your glass.  I"m not able to detect many of the nuances in wine th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A strong desire to learn more...


  • Okay, I relate to passing on the Virginia swill, having been pretty unimpressed the last time I was there.  But the "sand on my own beach" line sounds more and more provincial to my ear.  After all, the reference points for those wines are somewhere else, except Zinfandel.  Not like we're drinking Mission or Catawba here. North America has no na... Read More

    Forum post in the topic vintage wine


  • Yes, welcome to the forum.  We're just south of you, enjoying the freezing rain in Virginia at the moment. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Snooth Sleuth


  • GT - that link you provided early in this topic brought back memories of our ... trip down to Charlottesville Virginia last August and the wineries we visited down there.  One of them was the Barren Ridge Vineyards and it was there where we tasted a bottle of Albemarle that was purchased in auction from the Kludge estate.  It was so good that ... Read More

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  • V V - Reston is a place where Sandra & I both worked for several years - ... moved out here to Northern Virginia in 1991.  The Wine Cabinet has been in business for eleven years but this was our first visit.  We've only been serious about wine for maybe 5 or 6 years now, so that's why.  Our wine adventure started with a glass in fancy restaura... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Today my sweetie and I went to taste wines at two wine shops in Northern Virginia.  First up was The Wine Cabinet in Reston VA and this was special because they were tasting several Duckhorn wines!  We are members of the Duckhorn wine club (red wines only though) and at this tasting we sampled a few of their whites, specifically Decoy the Sauvig... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • 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

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • [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...

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • 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...

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


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

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • 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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