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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Viognier

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

Subregions of Virginia

Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Fincastle Vineyard

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

  • Tarara Winery

    At Tarara, we strive to cultivate wines that pour a classic taste of our surroundings into the gl...

  • Oasis Winery

    Just under an hour drive from our Nations Capitol near the Blue Ridge Mountains, lies the world f...

  • Horton Vineyards

    Wine lover and entrepreneur Dennis Horton began his winemaking venture with a small home viney...

  • Stone Mountain Vineyards

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

  • James River Cellars

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

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  • Damn Al - I envy you that evening.  I've only been to a ballet back ... was in the Navy station near Virginia Beach.  Me - I've been leveling a floor and putting down new flooring and with guests coming over my life is not my own right now.I'd love to sit down a polish off a bottle by mysel Read More

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  • It's Friday night (well, now it's early Saturday morning) and we've ... by a wine shop in Mclean, Virginia that I have shopped at many times (Chain Bridge Cellars).  I usually buy Spanish wines there but they have a good selection of Italian wines.  I need to go back there as we really enjoyed the wines tonigh Read More

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  • The Seven Hills has my interest.  I wonder if I can find that locally in Virginia?  Read More

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  • We did a fun wine tasting at Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton, Virginia this afternoon with our friend Lynn.  She plans to join us next weekend too for the protest against our liar in chief.  More good times ahead.  Today, my favorite was the Tannat.  Lynn preferred the Meritage, while Sandra was going for the PVT. Read More

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  • We've been suffering with single digit cold recently.  The past two ... ... though.  This 2015 Virginia Chardonnay was nicely paired to a chicken and rice dinner that Sandra cooked last night.  She has been cooking a few whole chickens recently, then making chicken soup with the bones and suc Read More

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  • I'll start this off, since I just so happened to have attended a New ... ... the Charlottesville area of Virginia last year.  Our friend Kathleen brought a Denner Syrah and I think that one was the best of the reds.  Kathleen also brought a Bordeaux wine that was decent.  Both the Octagon and the Bordeaux should have gone into decanters but th... Read More

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  • That sounds nice.  We'll bring a red and a white wine to my wife's ... local Stone Tower Winery (Virginia) and a red from Duckhorn (Napa).In fact, I just went to our wine cellar and brought up the two bottles.  The white goes into the fridge now and the red sits on the counter.  Tonight we are heading into Washington DC to celebrate our 34th we... Read More

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  • We attended a cookie party last night - good excuse for bringing wine as well ... ... at their house in Burke, Virginia.  We've been invited to their house for a New Year's Eve party next week.  : Read More

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  • Old news to show you the commonality between Trump and Hitler.  I do ... ... marching in Charlottesville, Virginia this past summer.  That quote from the article came from the articl Read More

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  • Sandra and I enjoyed an RdV Vineyards release party Sunday afternoon, out in Delaplane, Virginia.  They presented a new wine named Outlier, and it's a Petite Verdot.  They were also releasing their 2015 Friends & Family, which has been released for the past few years as a more affordable table wine.  Besides the two wines just mentioned, they we... Read More

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  • Who is going to the Smithfield Wine and Brewfest?

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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 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. 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: 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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