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

  • Viognier

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Veritas Vineyard & Winery

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

  • Michael Shaps

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

  • James River Cellars

    Located in historic Hanover County in Glen Allen, Virginia, 10 miles North of Richmond, 10 miles ...

  • Karmère Vineyards & Winery

    KARMÈRE VINEYARDS AND WINERY OF SHENANDOAH VALLEY is a result of five generations of farming and ...

  • Fincastle Vineyard

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

  • Villa Appalaccia Winery

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

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Virginia on Snooth

  • 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


  • Dry Mill Vineyards 1 In 100

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    Delicious! Given the difficulty of wine growing in Northern Virginia during the year it was bottled (17 inches of rain) this was a miracle. The blueberry juice makes it sweeter but this is offset by the earthy tannet and cab. As an engineer, I give extra points for creativity in overcoming obstacles. Goes well with a chocolate dessert. Read More

    Wine review by bname


  • Right...kind of in the way that Hawaii and West Virginia are both part of the U.S. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir anyone?


  • Rdv Vineyards Exsurgo 2010

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    Very dark color. Rich depth to nose with a little cocoa rounding out typical fruit notes. Nice mouthfeel. Good balance. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Cardinal Point Winery Cab F Vio 2012

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    Interesting blend of a red and a white together. Very, very fruity with a sweet aroma and a palate to match. Raspberries and cherries. Light and bright easy drinking. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Barboursville Vineyards Barbera Reserve 2012

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    Very interesting, but not quite my cup of tea. The earth and dirt flavors are overpowering. I'd prefer to see a little more balance. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Sunset Hills Vineyard Merlot 2012

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    Too light bodied with little flavor. Gradually developing tannins. Very simple. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Pollak Vineyards Merlot Monticello 2010

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    Faint nose. Decent mouthfeel with an appropriate level of acidity, but a hollow palate overall. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Veritas Vineyard & Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    Very aromatic with tons of grass and citrus and a hint of cat piss. STRONG varietal character! Tingling, zesty acidity with terrifically layered notes of lemon and herbs. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Sunset Hills Vineyard Estate Club Select Nebbiolo 2010

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    Bright red berry on the nose. Very tart acidity and light body. Something about the finish is offputting though. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Sunset Hills Vineyard Sunset Red 2012

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    Boring! Thin body with a vanishing finish and hollow flavors. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • 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

    Comment by 601501madisondj 601501 madisondj


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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...

    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!

    Comment by 563127socko33 563127 socko33


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