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...

Subregions of Virginia

Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Sugarleaf Vineyards

    Residing on a breathtaking estate, Sugarleaf Vineyards has evolved before our eyes into a mesmeri...

  • James River Cellars

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

  • DelFosse Vineyards & Winery

    DelFosse Vineyards and Winery specializes in premium high end varietal wines that express the Vir...

  • Bray Vineyards

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

  • Veritas Vineyard & Winery

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

  • Valhalla Vineyards

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

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Virginia on Snooth

  • My guess wasn't that hard, RCKR.  I assumed that Scully's last NFL ... ... tasted like a typical Virginia red wineThat sounds like faint praise, Al.  Good for you, though, keeping us advised on Virginia wine happenings.We watched the debate, but only because, as hard as we tried, we could not pick a rooting favorite on MNF. Snoother 21 . . ., ... Read More

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  • The Virginia wine industry has made great strides towards better wines in the last five years.  There are still just a handful (maybe two handfuls I guess) that are excellent in my opinion though.  We have been to many of those for tastings.  In California and Oregon, there are so many excellent wines that you need a calculator to count them all. Read More

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  • Wine selection for the first half of the Presidential debate last night. ... ... ... it tasted like a typical Virginia red wine, where I'm now used to better blends from places like RdV Vineyards.  Sandra liked this wine quite a bit due to it's complexity.Wondering how we acquired this bottle?  It was a gift from the guy that runs the Wine in ... Read More

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  • Ah, the Friday evenings in September - Wine in the Water Park events in which ... weather out here in Northern Virginia was most excellent; lower humidity and truly enjoyable.  Sandra joined me in pouring some white wines while I poured the reds; we each had another person helping out with the wine pouring.  Our shift ended after 8 PM and then... Read More

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  • Can't help find those wines from the past as I didn't drink them, but ... example. Trump does it in Virginia. And also there's some from Ontario Canada.Good luc Read More

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  • She prefers I not spend the money period.  I have now signed up for the ... attend at the Alexandria, Virginia store.  My local Total Wine in Springfield apparently doesn't have the classroom. &nbs Read More

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  • Yep, you're right DM - I left out fishing! Fishing was my favorite pastime ... ... obscure varietals.  Virginia is doing well with Viognier these days and has taking quite a liking to Petit Manseng - the grape of Jurancon!  That makes sense as the climate between Shenandoah and southwestern France are pretty similar.And thanks for the welcome ... Read More

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  • Thanks for the response. Good answers to both my questions!Most people I've ... on wine from there up into Virgini Read More

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  • We did a double wine tasting on Sunday, 07 Aug 2016.  First up was a ... ... ... your Sunday in Northern Virgini Read More

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  • MJET, that paella (?) looks awesome! Thinking a well chilled ... but not ... but not great viognier from Virginia. On the nose and in the mouth almond/honeysuckle predominates with decent acidity but not much else. Although the acid is there, this wine is a bit on the fat/flabby side with a medium short finis 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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