Virginia Wine

Virginia wine refers to wine made primarily from grapes grown in the U.S. state of Virginia. Wine has been produced in the area since the early days of European colonization in the 17th century. Virginia has hot humid summers that can be challenging to viticulture, and only within the last twenty years has the industry developed beyond novelty status. By tonnage, Vitis vinifera varieties represents 75% of total production. French hybrids varieties account for nearly 20% of total wine grape production in the state, while American varietals make up only about 5% of the total. As of 2012, the top 5 varietals produced are Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Vidal blanc and Viognier.
Posts about Virginia Wine
    • October 2014 Virginia Wine Chat

      Just in time for Halloween was this month’s Virginia Wine Chat. This month we took a trip down the Colonial Wine Trail, with wines from Williamsburg Winery, New Kent Winery, James River Cellars, and Saude Creek. As has been the trend lately, there was a great discussion. Normally I embed the video of the chat below, but there was a technical difficulty this month (Frank forgot ...

      George Perry/ The Good Wine Guruin Cabernet Franc Merlot Chardonnay- 3 readers -
    • Blogiversary!

      Today is our 9th blogiversary! Nine years ago today we started Virginia Wine Time. In that time we’ve visited 171 wineries in Virginia. We still have many more to visit. We have 878 posts about wine with 577 comments from readers like you! While blogs have lost some of their popularity over the years, we do plan ...

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    • Blenheim Vineyards

      During our most recent visit to Charlottesville we stopped at Blenheim Vineyards to both pick up club wines and to taste what was new on the menu. Of the white wines we tasted we really enjoyed the 2013 Viognier. We noted apple, pear, tropical fruit, minerality, and a full mouth feel. Warren also enjoyed the 2013 Roussanne.

      Virginia Wine Timein Cabernet Sauvignon- 3 readers -
  • Hitting the Century Club, in Virginia

    … Virginia has a large number of microclimates throughout the state. Some grapes grow very well in Northern Virginia, but not in Southern Virginia or in the Northern Neck. While there are some grapes, like Cabernet Franc, that seem to grow well all over the state the variety of wine available throughout the state is pretty amazing. This led me…

    CellarBlogin Sauvignon Blanc- 1 readers -
  • Virginia Wine Tasting - Monticello AVA @VAWine

    …, pineapple, stone fruit, mineral edged. Palate: Textured, silky, with weight mid-palate, stone fruit, lively, lingering finish. Day two: Mineral fresh with stone fruit, lemon, mango skin and toast on the nose. Peach across the palate, with lemon, grassy note, nice viscous quality. Tasty. Thoughts: A wonderful food wine. Pair with chicken, turkey…

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  • 2014 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau

    … Variety: Gamay Region: Beaujolais, France Cost: $11 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes: The wine’s colors are a lovely purple-red, with dark, violet hues. The aromas are filled with wild strawberries, red currants, and exquisite scents of raspberries. On the palate, the wine is delicate, full-bodied, and delightfully rich. Pairs beautifully with a range…

    George Perry/ The Good Wine Guru- 1 readers -
  • Breaking News!

    … BREAKING NEW: VIRGINIA WINES HIT 90 POINTS IN WINE SPECTATOR! Yes, the headline is correct. The current issue of the well-respected wine magazine reviewed nine Virginia wines in its current issue. Of the nine, one scored 91 points, three others scored 90 points, and the rest earned between 87-89 points. These results are excellent and prove what…

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  • October Virginia Wine Chat

    …); New Kent Winery 2012 Reserve Chardonnay with winemaker Tom Payette (@NewKentWinery); and Saude Creek Vineyards 2013 Traminette (@SaudeCreek) Join us to learn about them, their vineyards and wineries, and the Colonial Virginia Wine Trail. Follow the #VAWineChat hashtag to join the discussion via Twitter and follow along at the Virginia Wine…

  • The last vintage from Berry Hill Vineyard

    Berry Hill Vineyard is located at 466 Dearing Road, in Flint Hill, Virginia They are open by appointment only. David Hilty, the owner, is retiring and selling his property in anticipation of moving to the Charlottesville area. It is a beautiful piece of property if you are interested in moving out of the metro area.

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  • Keswick Vineyards

    … of the harvesters were enjoying some well deserved rest on the porch as well. They let me take photo of their hardworking hands. The next time you travel to the Charlottesville area, be sure to plan a stop at Keswick Vineyards. And when you do, tell them Virginia Wine Time sent you! Tweet …

    Virginia Wine Timein Merlot Chardonnay- 1 readers -
  • Chestnut Oak in Full Bloom

    … will feature estate grown grapes crafted by Eiserman. The tasting began with a very fruity 2010 Rose that was a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Manseng. At 1% residual sugar, it was a pleasing sipper. Three vintages of Petit Manseng were next on tap, and these included pours from 2009, 2011, and 2012. These were all quite distinctive growing seasons…

    Virginia Wine Timein Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot- 5 readers -
  • American Wine Story: Movie Review By Richard Leahy

    … in the recipe for making American wine and get to hear their stories. “I kept on seeing myself under an olive tree, drinking a glass of my wine,” said Al Schornberg of Keswick Vineyards in the Monticello AVA of Virginia. The next time you see Al, he and his wife Cindy are describing a harrowing flight in a plane which seemed likely to crash…

    Richard Leahy/ Drink Local Wine- 4 readers -
  • Red Wines Shine At Whole Foods

    … October is Virginia Wine Month, and on this past Wednesday the Whole Foods Tysons in Falls Church capitalized on the celebration by featuring red wines from Pearmund Cellars. These included the 2012 Cabernet Franc and the 2012 Petit Verdot. Marketing director Neche Harris invited us to participate in the event, and we eagerly accepted. We’ve been…

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  • Two Twisted Posts winery has a building now

    … Loudoun Cou... Search This Blog Loading... About Us Wine About Virginia Fairfax County, Virginia, United States This Virginia wine blog of ours will mainly cover our visits to Virginia wineries, Virginia wine festivals, Virginia vineyards, and observations about Virginia wine. As we live in Fairfax County, this Virginia wine blog will generally cover…

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  • Barboursville Vineyards

    … winery. Barboursville Vineyards is always a must visit when traveling to Charlottesville. We try to stop there each time we visit. This time we went early on Saturday to do a tasting to find out what new wines were on the menu and what our new favorites would be. Barboursville has been working hard to make the tasting experience better and not like…

    Virginia Wine Timein Cabernet Franc Chardonnay- 5 readers -