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...

  • 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...

Subregions of Virginia

Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Villa Appalaccia Winery

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

  • Peaks of Otter Winery

    Located at the foot of the Peaks of Otter and near the National D-day Memorial. Our ancestors set...

  • Rockbridge Vineyard

    Rockbridge Vineyard is the fruition of Shepherd Rouse's dream to make fine wine in his native sta...

  • Barboursville Vineyards

    Defying the unanimous advice of government officials, land owners, and bankers to plant tobacco a...

  • Michael Shaps

    "Virginia Wineworks" was founded in 2007. It is a partnership of Philip Stafford and Michael Sha...

  • Oasis Winery

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

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Virginia on Snooth

  • Fox, your wife isn't capable of such behaviour.  You ARE Richard ... ... ... in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf!Well, I'm absolutely stumped then.  Damn.  I'm going to have to use deductive logic in the mornin Read More

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  • OT, not you?  Okay, it's Dmcker, which I can figure out even with my ... in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"  Tannic Zin = perfect for lamb chops with orzo and salad with persimmons, a seasonal fave. No, DV, I am not joking.  I am not your SS.  After Lucha drooled all over the Barolo I sent him a couple years back, it's been a trend, but noti... Read More

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  • Yesterday (Saturday) was a college football watching kind of day.  Oh, I ... a second bottle, this time a Virginia wine, the 2014 868 Estate Meritage.  Sandra didn't really like this one at all, and I kind of agreed with her.  We only bought a few bottles from this winery earlier this fall when coming back home from Maryland (Antietam battlefi... Read More

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  • Last Thursday after our movie, we dined at Brine where they have pretty tasty ... Barboursville Vineyward in Virginia.  Very nice. &nbs Read More

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  • EM - Yes, I too like that weather vane.  My picture could have been ... ... off I suppose.BL - All these Virginia wineries charge for a tasting.  Our recent membership at Stone Tower Winery got us two free $15 tastings Friday night, plus our server let us try a few additional wines before we each bought a glass of their wonderful 2014 Cabernet... Read More

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  • Fridays are good out here in Virginia, as long as you get your butt moving after the morning traffic but before the evening work traffic.  Yesterday started out with both of us having our blood tested after fasting 12 hours, then a nice breakfast at the Silver Diner.  Upon returning home, I rode my Harley Fatboy over to my massage appointment an... Read More

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  • Maybe some folks could plan a trip to Washington DC and we could host a wine ... ... live in Springfield, Virginia - very close if you wish to see museums and such.  Another Pinot Noir throw down or perhaps a Cabernet Sauvignon pop-up even Read More

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  • Friday afternoon / evening was quite nice.  We had recently joined the ... do a wine tasting at another Virginia winery to kill some time.  Even with leaving early, there were plenty of cars to deal with though, but I know it could have been much, much worse.So, after finding a Starbucks to get our espresso on, we decided to stop at Dry Mill W... Read More

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  • We celebrated Sandra's 56th birthday (R + 1) yesterday at her parents ... ... from Shenandoah Vineyards in Virginia.  Good time Read More

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  • Sunday was special.  I started it off with a motorcycle ride to nearby Clifton, Virginia for the monthly 'Bikes & Breakfast Ride".  The weather was a bit chilly at 0800, but it warmed up nicely.  My Harley Fatboy was running well and it was cool to see so many bikes (over 200 of them) in the downtown area.  Later in the afternoon, we headed into... 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.

    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!

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