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

  • Vidal Blanc

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

  • 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...

  • Bray Vineyards

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

  • Bella Piazza Winery

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

  • Villa Appalaccia Winery

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

  • Blenheim Vineyards

    Established in 2000 by owner Dave Matthews (* Yes: THAT Dave Matthews), Blenheim Vineyards is a f...

  • Paradise Springs of Clifton

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

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Virginia on Snooth

  • Last night we enjoyed a fine tapas dinner at Jaleos in Crystal City (Arlington, Virginia) and then we attended a dance performance at the Synetic Theater (Mark of Cain).  Dinner consisted of a wine flight for myself (Sandra had a glass of the same rose), Mussels, Oysters, Chorizo, Iberico Pig, and a cheese selection.  The performance depicted Ca... Read More

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  • That's right...doubt it's ever sold in Virginia though. You might have to specially ask your wine shop. Read More

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  • So I think we're talking the $50 range then, but I need to find one here in Virginia. Read More

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  • RC - That 2011 Domaine de Ferrand CdP must have been very nice.  We ... have copper pipes here in Virginia, at least in our development.  I hope to not have any problems for a long time.So, the performance of Tosca was very good.  It was pretty warm, and I had three glasses (small ones) at the lounge prior to the event, and I was feeling a bit... Read More

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  • Yesterday, the 4th of July, we attended a lobster festival at our favorite ... ... winery - RdV in Delaplane, Virginia.  It was a hot and humid day, so they held the event inside.  People were going out for a bit but you didn't want to be outside too long.  Sandra and I walked up to our usual spot in the vineyard to get a picture of the grapes... Read More

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  • RC - The Cono Sur Chardonnay was decent.  That was Sandra's glass, so ... cork on this Muse blend from Virginia.  We had visited this winery in 2016 and this was their top wine at the time.  It's quite good for a Virginian wine you kno Read More

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  • Also in memory of Mr. Silva of St. Francis Winery, we opened a nice 2012 Petite ... cat feeding in Alexandria, Virginia.  On the way back home, I got on I-395 south and was quickly brought into a 45 minute delay due to a dump truck that crashed into the barrier, going our direction.  Only the right-hand lane was passable, and it had lots of dir... Read More

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  • Friday at the Fountain again tonight.  Thunderstorms were off to the west ... ... Crystal City (Arlington, Virginia) but it didn't rain until about 9 PM.  I played ping-pong for around two hours and got my ass beat though.  I was on my game too, but these two guys were good.  Had lots of fun and only drank 3 beers tonight, 2 while playing ping... Read More

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  • DM - That link isn't working.Well now, today I can edit the title.  I ... the shootiings going on in Virginia (Alexandria, 15 minutes from me) and California (San Francisco), it was announced that Trump himself is under investigation.  I'll toast to tha Read More

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  • I am Barry, and I live in Washington, DC, which boasts a large number of ... ... at Total Wine in northern Virginia.  Please advise.&nbs 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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