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...

  • 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...

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Villa Appalaccia Winery

    A unique experience of Virginia Wine and Virginia Wineries is defined by a visit to Villa Appalac...

  • Pearmund Cellars

    Voted Virginia's Favorite Winery in 2007, Pearmund Cellars is located in the beautiful foothills ...

  • Oasis Winery

    Just under an hour drive from our Nations Capitol near the Blue Ridge Mountains, lies the world f...

  • Virginia Wineworks

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

  • Oak Crest Vineyard & Winery

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

  • Woodland Vineyard

    Woodland Vineyard is a small family-owned and operated vineyard and farm winery located in Midlot...

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Virginia on Snooth

  • Just got back from Stone Tower Winery near Leesburg, Virginia to pick up our summer allocation.  We'll be back there in September for an ambassador allocation that Sandra signed us up for recently.  Good times.  The Sauvignon Blanc was surprisingly good.  On the way home it was pouring rain.  Now we need to drive over to watch over the grand kid... Read More

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  • Our last night in Virginia for a few weeks.  Tomorrow we start the drive to Wyoming for the 21 August solar eclipse.  We were at Paradise Springs Winery, which is in Clifton Virginia, only about 20 minutes from us.  Sandra had signed up for the 2013 PVT allocation, which is Petite Verdot and Tannat in a 50/50 blend.  It's pretty good - we had a ... Read More

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  • We did the French Wine Tasting party last night at our friends house in Herndon, Virginia.  There were 10 bottles (2 white, 8 red) brought to the event for tasting, and then 2 bottles were awarded to first and second place (which was a tie between two ladies).  The wine was most excellent and the food was tasty.  It lasted five hours.  The favor... Read More

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  • Trump is trying to win over the ignorant ones with statements like this from ... country, Huntington, West Virginia."I just hope that the final determination is a truly honest one which is what the millions of people who gave us our big win in November deserve and what all Americans who want a better future want and deserve.&quo Read More

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  • Early Mountain Vineyards Novum 2014

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    61% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot, 9% Tannat, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot. Jammy red fruit, baking spices, graham cracker. Tart finish with a lightly minty note. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Early Mountain Vineyards Eluvium 2014

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    76% Merlot, 19% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 18 months in French oak - 60% neutral, 40% new. Inky color. Finely woven web of fruity, spicy, and earthy notes with black cherry at the core. Very well balanced acidity and tannins. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Early Mountain Vineyards Foothills 2015

    Snoothrank:

    68% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 8% Syrah, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot. 10 months in French oak - 75% neutral, 25% new. Purple to ruby color. Very aromatic with tart red fruits - cranberry. Some earthy and blackberry notes as well. Zesty acidity.Dusty tannins which build on finish. Small hit of white pepper on finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Early Mountain Vineyards Rose 2016

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    60% Merlot, 25% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec. Stainless steel fermentation, less than 24 hours with skins on. Traditional French style. Light peach color. Floral nose. Lots of strawberry notes. A zesty crowd pleaser with a bright fruity finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Early Mountain Vineyards Chardonnay 2016

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    94% Chardonnay, 6% Pinot Gris. Neutral oak, less than 20% new oak. Very pale color. A little salted butter on nose. Coconut, pear, and lemon zest. Cream notes mid palate. Delicate finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Early Mountain Vineyards Five Forks 2016

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    47% Petit Manseng, 30% Sauvignon Blanc, 13% Viognier, 5% Muscat, 5% Pinot Gris. Stainless steel, neutral oak, and concrete egg. Honeysuckle, lemon, apple, and pear. Sweetly grassy, like sugar snap peas. Apple peel on finish. Bracing, crisp acidity. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • 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!

    Comment by 719670LisaVA 719670 LisaVA


  • 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...

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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...

    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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