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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Gray Ghost Vineyards

    Gray Ghost, a family owned and operated winery, is placing Virginia on the international wine map...

  • Sugarleaf Vineyards

    Residing on a breathtaking estate, Sugarleaf Vineyards has evolved before our eyes into a mesmeri...

  • Ingleside Vineyards

    Ingleside Vineyards is nestled in the narrowest point of land between the Rappahannock and Potoma...

  • Dye's Vineyards

    Rural Retreat Winery & Vineyards, LLC purchased Dye's Vineyards Feb 2007. Dye's previously had be...

  • Veritas Vineyard & Winery

    "Veritas Winery, a family business owned by Andrew and Patricia Hodson,opened for business in Jun...

  • Karmère Vineyards & Winery

    KARMÈRE VINEYARDS AND WINERY OF SHENANDOAH VALLEY is a result of five generations of farming and ...

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Virginia on Snooth

  • I, for one, doubt this.  Look down a couple posts and you'll see why.  Spam alert X 2!! Read More

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  • Welcome, to the Snooth Forum, Mark.  I looked at your profile and see that ... ... who kept us apprised of Virginia wineries, but he has moved on.  So, you may immediately become the reigning Snooth Forum expert on your reagion.Oh, and pardon the spam that often fills up the Forum.  We try to clean it up, but it does, sometimes, get over the to Read More

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  • Mark, hope you're hear to talk about your personal wine experiences in some detail, rather than just advertising an offsite web page... Read More

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  • Château Morrisette Chardonnay Virginia 2001

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    Wine review by Mark Ap02


  • Barboursville Cabernet Sauvignon Virginia 2001

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    I love this wine and this producer. One of the best in Virginia. Read More

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  • I'm an engineer by day and a huge wine enthusiast in the evening. I've ... ... from the East Coast, Virginia wine specifically. I live in Virginia and love traveling through wine country and exploring. My favorite site for Virginia wine info, guides, reviews, and ratings is www.VaWineMarket.com it has tons of info that I use almost every week... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello from Virginia!


  • Hi. I'm an engineer by day and a huge wine enthusiast in the evening. ... ... ... from the East Coast, Virginia wine specifically. I live in Virginia and love traveling through wine country and exploring. My favorite site for Virginia wine info, guides, reviews, and ratings is www.VaWineMarket.com it has tons of info that I use almost every w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • 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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  • Who is going to the Smithfield Wine and Brewfest? http://www.virginiawinelovermag.com/Virginia-Wine-Festivals-Events/index.php/name/Smithfield/event/7712/

    Comment by 1490321Michael Jay 1490321 Michael Jay


  • 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...

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • 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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