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

  • Viognier

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

  • Vidal Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Oasis Winery

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

  • Young's Vineyard

    Young's is one of the first vineyards you come to after turning onto Shenandoah Road in Plymouth....

  • Bray Vineyards

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

  • Barboursville Vineyards

    Defying the unanimous advice of government officials, land owners, and bankers to plant tobacco a...

  • Valhalla Vineyards

    Valhalla was conceived as a vineyard and winery to allow us to strive for perfection. Is there an...

  • Michael Shaps

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

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Virginia on Snooth

  • "D, not everything winds up on the internet, at least not via the usual ... ... those poor souls over in Virginia can get a lot of good stuff at low prices as long as they have web access. As with the sparkling we both talked about above.Sounds like a great drive, and the kind of traveling that I also preferred to do even on work, when schedul... Read More

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  • "And, of course, RBA is on the East Coast, so getting Cali wines ... ... around the world--even to Virginia!  ; Read More

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  • Perhaps my purchase of mostly Spanish wines yesterday afternoon at my favorite ... favorite wine shop in McLean Virginia (Chain Bridge Cellars) will show that I also look for good deals.  These five bottles totaled less than $60, and that one on the left was about $20.  I see some of the best deals for Spanish and French wines out here, given ... Read More

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  • I'd been assuming he (and OT) were also 'handy men' as Ethel or ... ... Plumbing Company, East Virginia Blu Read More

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  • This afternoon was special for us.  We attended the 'Fete de la ... ... our only wine club here in Virginia, RdV Vineyards.  This was all about celebrating the flowering of the vines, but it was still a little early for the flowers to be showing themselves due to the recent cold weather and two weeks of rain. Rutger was there to discuss the vi... Read More

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  • Nice picture of the hard to photograph hummingbirds.On Friday we were in the Mosaic District of Virginia to get eye exams, dine at Brine, and watch the new movie Money Monster.  The movie was quite good and we recommend it.  Oh, we also did a wine tasting at Sip & Swirl, a nice wine shop we've visited a few times.  We bought the Chardonnay and t... Read More

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  • Big 25-year reunion party last night at a hotel near the Dulles Airport in Virginia.  We spent the night so there were no worries about driving home late at night.  It was a cash bar though so we only had a couple of glasses of wine.  It was fun meeting old co-workers from this program that brought us out here from California back in 1991.  We n... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Michael Shaps Voignier White 2008

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    Amazing wine! Read More

    Wine review by Donna George


  • Ixsir Rose Altitudes 2014

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    Had this with lunch at Mercat Bistro about a month ago. Completely lovely. Soft, with bits of peach, ripe grapefruit, and strawberry, along with almond and baking spices. Creamy and lush in the mouth. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • I think we only had to cancel a tasting room in McMinnville, Oregon. ... just ... ... just before returning to Virgini Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines


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

    Comment by 1490321Michael Jay 1490321 Michael Jay


  • 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

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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.

    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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