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

  • Viognier

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • James River Cellars

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

  • AmRhein's Wine Cellar

    We are one of Virginia’s family owned and operated wineries. Our wines have won numerous awards a...

  • Jefferson Vineyards

    Winery is founded in 1773. Thomas Jefferson and Mazzrei started with 400 acres, they planted vine...

  • Villa Appalaccia Winery

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

  • Doukénie Winery

    Doukénie Winery strives to produce the finest wines possible and to give our patrons an education...

  • Barren Ridge Vineyards

    Located on the family’s former apple orchard, Barren Ridge Vineyards is now home to Augusta Cou...

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  • She prefers I not spend the money period.  I have now signed up for the ... attend at the Alexandria, Virginia store.  My local Total Wine in Springfield apparently doesn't have the classroom. &nbs Read More

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  • Yep, you're right DM - I left out fishing! Fishing was my favorite pastime ... ... obscure varietals.  Virginia is doing well with Viognier these days and has taking quite a liking to Petit Manseng - the grape of Jurancon!  That makes sense as the climate between Shenandoah and southwestern France are pretty similar.And thanks for the welcome ... Read More

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  • Thanks for the response. Good answers to both my questions!Most people I've ... on wine from there up into Virgini Read More

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  • We did a double wine tasting on Sunday, 07 Aug 2016.  First up was a ... ... ... your Sunday in Northern Virgini Read More

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  • MJET, that paella (?) looks awesome! Thinking a well chilled ... but not ... but not great viognier from Virginia. On the nose and in the mouth almond/honeysuckle predominates with decent acidity but not much else. Although the acid is there, this wine is a bit on the fat/flabby side with a medium short finis Read More

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  • RC - Oh, those aren't my cats, they are rescue cats that I work with on Cat ... then PetSmart in Springfield Virginia.  I try to get a good picture of each cat and then post it on Facebook.  This has resulted in a cat being adopted, as one of my Facebook friends saw the cat picture I had posted and then adopted the cat.  This is my passion in l... Read More

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  • Agree RBA, this for us is a solid $20 bottle and an even better bottle at $17. ... ... from South Florida to Virginia!&nbs Read More

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  • RC - I didn't say I could just walk up to one of her wine racks and grab a ... ... ride to nearby Clifton, Virgini Read More

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  • No Wine in the Water Park this Friday, as we had tickets to see Yuja Wang ... ... in Blue' at Wolftrap in Virginia.  She is most excellent on the piano and we've seen her several times now.  EM should have been there as we were six rows from the stage and close to the center.  For dinner we brought a picnic basket and a bottle of 2010 Medlock ... Read More

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  • Okay, I was pages behind here and missed the rundown on the Carlisle.  ... grow Cab in N. Carolina, or Virginia, or something.  Where it's completely futile to try to make a cab like a Napa Cab. I think North Carolina, esp out near Asheville in the "mountains," might be a fine place to grow Barbera, Dolcetto, and Nebbiolo, for instance, but no... 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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