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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Viognier

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

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Bella Piazza Winery

    Situated in a picturesque setting in Shenandoah Valley, Bella Piazza is surrounded by rolling vin...

  • Dillian Wines

    Tom Dillian is a fourth generation Amador County farmer. His great grandfather Alessio Dal Porto ...

  • The Winery at La Grange

    Very rich in history and very rich in wine, the new Winery at La Grange opened September 2006 as ...

  • Bray Vineyards

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

  • Stone Mountain Vineyards

    Wine, which we have produced in our converted apple ground cellar is added to the fruit and veget...

  • Ingleside Vineyards

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

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Virginia on Snooth

  • Saturday night was lots of fun in Washington DC - we had a wonderful pizza at ... ... in Tyson's Corner Virginia and she is the one that helped me set up my retirement party back on the first of February this year.  Anyway, Candice is working long hours and doesn't get home until 5 AM on the nights she works so you know that has to be tough. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Ah, another day of relaxation.  I enjoyed a 2.5 hour massage today, ... ... Tyson's Mall in Northern Virginia.  They just updated the flights & flats menu so there were some new wines and flat breads to choose from this afternoon.  I chose the 'acclaimed' flight and the Antucura Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza  was really excellent.   With the... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • I'm wondering if any fellow Snooth forum members know how to tell if a case ... transit from California to Virginia.  This recent cold weather snap has me concerned about a case of wine we are expecting very shortly.  It's been on the UPS ground track for over a week. Should I immediately try a bottle?  Will it taste 'corked' now if it was froz... Read More

    Forum post in the topic How to tell if wine was...


  • there are tons of wineries in maryland ... the wines i find in northern virginia and west virginia.  couple a 'fair' wine with the countryside here and you have a perfect situation  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • How many folks enjoy whiskey?  On my recent 'Retired Rides' this ... ... distilleries in Northern Virginia.  We plan to visit another one within a few weeks down in Fredericksburg VA.  You can imagine my interest when I saw this article in the Washington Post this morning - the number one whiskey in the world is now a Japanese single malt!  Th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Yamazaki Single Malt


  • D V - I think this winery (RdV) is my favorite of all the ones we are members ... ... above all the other Virginia wineries we have visited and the organization of the winery, the vineyards and just about everything is top notch.  We always enjoy our visits here.  That 2009 St. Emilion wine I bought recently does not even compare to the RdV R... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Today my wife Sandra and I attended the RdV 2011 Release Party at their winery in Delaplane, Virginia.  The event ran from 1030 thorough 1500 but we were there only from 1130 through 1330 - long enough to drink plenty of wine and consume lots of tasty food.  We picked up our six bottles and added another three bottles of their less expensive 'Fr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Proudly the most expensive wine in Virginia.  I'd voice my disdain for that sort of proclamation.  They need that kind of feedback.  There is an iconic BC blend from Mission Hill called "Oculus" that was $60-70 for the past six or seven years.  Suddenly, it's $100, because they want to expand the mid-range $50 blends.  I won't pay $100...ever, u... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Today is Sandra's 54th birthday - one more year until she can retire at 55 ... in the north-western part of Virginia.  The two wineries were Linden and then Chateau O'Brien.  Our favorite wine at Linden was their 2010 red wine called Hardscrabble ($$) and the favorite from Chateau O'Brien was the 2009 Northpoint Red Cellar Collection ($$$).  B... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery Union 2012

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    A great big, bad red. Big, but slightly silky tannins. Blackberry and tobacco notes. Would be a fantastic dessert wine paired with dark chocolate. 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/

    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!

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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

    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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