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...

  • 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

  • DelFosse Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Ingleside Vineyards

    Ingleside Vineyards is nestled in the narrowest point of land between the Rappahannock and Potoma...

  • Paradise Springs of Clifton

    The site of Paradise Springs Winery lies on 36 acres nestled in the quiet corner of Clifton, VA o...

  • Dye's Vineyards

    Rural Retreat Winery & Vineyards, LLC purchased Dye's Vineyards Feb 2007. Dye's previously had be...

  • Barren Ridge Vineyards

    Located on the family’s former apple orchard, Barren Ridge Vineyards is now home to Augusta Cou...

  • 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

  • Yesterday, being a beautiful Saturday here in Northern Virginia, started with a motorcycle ride with fellow WORMS members down to Stonewall Harley-Davidson in Orange, VA for their 24th Annual Big Damn Bike Show.  Check out the WORMS link to see some pictures of Sandra and myself, along with my buddy Woody.  We rode our 2014 Harley Ultra Limited,... Read More

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  • "Beginning of the week, trying to come back to earth from all that great ... offering of Vidal Blanc from Virginia."Now that's a dash of cold water after the riesling luxury of recent days. How many bottles did you bring/ship bac Read More

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  • Just to let you all know, Stephen Curry went to Charlotte Christian High School ... offering of Vidal Blanc from Virginia. Actually not a bad early week starter. Fairly simple with a bit of grassiness, some decent lemon peel/citrus notes and a fair amount of acidit Read More

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  • RICHARD - i find food and wine pairings by "just folks" better to ... couple woodsy Viogniers from Virginia but that about it - any recommendations.&nbs Read More

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  • As an FYI, this is a pick up from the store idea, as I want to enjoy it on ... ... ... to ship wine to Northern Virginia. Now Total Wine has a 15% off coupon for Italian wines this week.  I was hoping they would issue a more general discount coupon, but the suggestion of an older Borolo (Nebbiolo) from JD does sound good.  I'll have the time t... Read More

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  • This past Memorial Day weekend continued with Rolling Thunder on Sunday ... or ... ... or move away - our West Virginia group didn't come out this year because the folks they usually stay with ended up moving back to West Virginia earlier in May.  So it was just three of us WORMS (Woody, Sandra and myself) and thousands of our fellow riders. ... Read More

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  • "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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  • 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...

    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.

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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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