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

  • Merlot

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

  • Vidal Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Dillian Wines

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

  • Valhalla Vineyards

    Valhalla was conceived as a vineyard and winery to allow us to strive for perfection. Is there an...

  • Chateau Morrisette

    Chateau Morrisette Winery is one of Southwest Virginia's premier destinations for award-winning w...

  • Blenheim Vineyards

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

  • Prince Michel Vineyards

    Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery is located in "the heart of Virginia wine country", 35 minutes ...

  • Virginia Wineworks

    Located in the former Montdomaine winery just 12 miles south of Charlottesville, Virginia Winewor...

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  • DM, RC & IV - Thanks for all the good suggestions.  Sandra and I taste ... ... District of Arlington, Virginia.  They all tasted young but I bought one bottle of each, not expecting them to age well.  I shall save the other ones until 2018 at least.   That's a lot for me, you kno Read More

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  • Trump was quick to distance himself from the Republican loser in yesterday's Virginia elections.  I was so happy to see the Democrats come out on top - bigly.  Trump is still on the campaign trail, even on this trade trip to Asia.  He just can't let it go. Read More

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  • Technically not a wine day as I am now drinking bourbon and whisky, but hey, I ... ... we rode through Clifton, Virginia, which is beautiful this time of year with all the fall colors showing their stuff.  I'm home now sharing my whisky with our stray cat Tiger.  I think he prefers wine to tell you the trut Read More

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  • We did a vertical red wine tasting at Barboursville Vineyards yesterday.  ... ... our home in Springfield, Virginia but worth it.  Saturday has the bigger crowds but Sunday is more relaxed, so this was the right day to do it.  We had our friend Lynn with us and then she stayed over for a pasta dinner.  We opened a special bottle from the same ... Read More

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  • I'll start this one off with a comparison of two Cabernet Franc wines, both from Virginia USA.  The year is 2015, and the wineries are in Southern Virginia and Northern Virginia.  The Keswick Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Franc was a bit tart and tannic.  Not my favorite by any means.  We bought it because we did a tasting there last year and you need... Read More

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  • I think Trump is driving me to drink more wine.  I cannot even listen to ... to pass.I just opened this Virginia wine, where the winery is about an hour west of us.  They make decent wines but not in the same ballpark as Rd Read More

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  • Seeing that list some of the states have big wine industries (California, Oregon and Virginia) but why Missouri is such friendly place for wine drinkers? Also, from the outside, I see the US as a country that strongly believes in free entreprise, and since the Reagan era has lifted a lot of barriers and regulations. So, why alcoholic beverages d... Read More

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  • Diego, a few years ago somebody posted a link to a report that discusses your ... New Hampshire, Oregon and Virginia were the highest rated states.  All of them:Allow winery-to-consumer shippingAllow retailer-to consumer shippingDo not have government control of wine salesAllow Sunday sales of wineAllow wine sold in grocery stores.Allow BYO/co... Read More

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  • Lefty, we have tasted wines in Oregon on several trips to the west coast (2013, ... our trip this past March.In Virginia, we too have the state run ABC stores for hard liquor.  Beer and wine can be found almost everywhere, except McDonalds and Taco Bell.  Total Wine stores are out here but I tend to go to smaller retailers of wine for wines tha... Read More

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  • That was a nice bottle.  By sharing the bottle I mean we bought it and ... we are home now (returned to Virginia on 25 Sept 2017) and today we had a nice lunch at Seasons 52 while having Sandra's 2016 Smart Car serviced at the nearby dealer.  Tonight I just opened this 2013 Medlock Ames Estate Red and I'm giving it some time in the decanter.  ... 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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