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
    • Tree Decorating and A6

      One of our traditions at this time of the year is to spend a Friday evening decorating my Christmas tree. We plan to have ham, yams, and cranberry sauce. And the wine we try to have every year is the A6 from Cardinal Point Vineyard. The A6 is a blend of viognier and chardonnay…two of our favorite grapes. The Viognier spends time in oak and the Chardonnay is stainless steel aged.

      Virginia Wine Timein Chardonnay- 2 readers -
    • Thank You and Happy 8th Anniversary

      This time of year gets away from me. Whoosh, like the horse I was riding the summer I spent working with my grandfather when I was 16 years old. One moment all was fine, then I was struggling to stay saddled while the horse tried to scrape me off with tree branches! I'm hanging on. And enjoying the thrill of the ride as I do.

      William Pollard/ Wild 4 Washington Wine- 2 readers -
    • Petit Manseng Impresses at the 2014 Virginia Wine Summit

      Virginia is producing some world-class wines that can stand alongside wines from more notable regions. This was the primary theme at the third annual Virginia Wine Summit last month that brought together over 200 industry professionals including winemakers, winery owners, chefs, writers, sommeliers (including three Master Sommeliers) at the historic Jefferson Hotel in Richmond.

      Drink What YOU Like- 8 readers -
  • Drinking Lessons from Harvest

    … is meticulously clean. And he has a good track record of yeast selection and nutrient provision. I’m not sure how it was ultimately fixed — he ran the wine through a few tests on a day I wasn’t there before deciding how to fix it. But by process of elimination –and knowing the winemaker’s skill — I imagine it had to do with some purchased grapes that had…

    Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog- 3 readers -
  • #Winelover-s With High Klout Scores (65+), December 2014

    … Picture: Annette Schiller, ombiasy POR and WineTours, Jancis Robinson, #1 on the List, and Christian Schiller in Switzerland Periodically, you find rankings of wine writers (bloggers, journalists, multipliers) in the internet with the 100 or so most important wine writers. The most recent ranking is a list put together by Luiz Alberto, founder…

    Dr. Christian G.E. Schiller/ schiller-wine- 3 readers -
  • VAWineChat: Fabbioli Cellars

    … opinions are my own. December's #VAWineChat will feature 4 wines from Trump Winery - join in on December 11th at 7:30 PM ET via Twitter and UStream. Like 50 States Of Wine on Facebook Follow 50 States Of Wine on Twitter Subscribe to the 50 States Of Wine YouTube channel …

    Kovas Palubinskas/ 50 States of Winein Cabernet Sauvignon- 1 readers -
  • Lodi Comes To Virginia

    … Well, not quite. We recently savored a bottle of Oak Ridge Winery’s 2012 OZV (Old Zinfandel Vines) with a hearty beef dish topped with sautéed mushrooms and served beside herb-roasted potatoes. This sort of dish was just what the doctor ordered on a chilly night, and we decided to go outside of our Virginia wine comfort zone to try something new…

    Virginia Wine Time- 1 readers -
  • November 2014 Virginia Wine Chat w/ Fabbioli Cellars

    It’s that time again – time for Virginia Wine Chat. This month our host, Frank Morgan of Drink What YOU Like, made his way up to Fabbioli Cellars in the Loudon County area to chat with Doug Fabbioli about winemaking, the wines we were tasting, and Virginia Wine as a whole. I’ve embedded the video from Thursday below (since Frank remembered to record this month), or you can vis ...

    George Perry/ The Good Wine Guru- 4 readers -
  • Wine Reviews: Stinson Vineyards

    … Stinson Vineyards is one of many small Virginia producers deserving some attention. For a handful of years now, Stinson has been putting out a bunch of exciting bottles that will challenge your conceptions about Virginia wine. The wines are made by Rachel Stinson, who was interviewed here on Terroirist. “My ultimate goal is to make good, clean…

    Isaac Baker/ Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blogin Sauvignon Blanc- 5 readers -
  • Hitting the Century Club, in Virginia

    … know how far I will get, so let's see what happens. I am going to start in Northern Virginia and begin with 8 Chains North, that winery gets us: Sauvignon Blanc Traminette Vidal Blanc Malbec Merlot Petit Verdot Sauvignon Blanc That was an easy start, next over to Breaux Vineyards, where we can add: Chardonnay Seyval Blanc…

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

    … success. After a great deal of hard work and experimentation that has all changed. By invitation, I enjoyed another Virginia Wine Chat wine tasting with host Frank Morgan of Drink What You Like. This Virginia wine tasting featured three different wines from the Monticello AVA. Virginia is an exciting wine growing region, one I've grown quite fond…

    William Pollard/ Wild 4 Washington Wine- 1 readers -
  • 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 -
  • 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 to continue to visit Virginia…

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  • October 2014 Virginia Wine Chat

    … showed hone on the nose, with flavors of lychee, apricot, and hint of grapefruit in the mouth. While there was certainly some sweetness to the wine, it was subtle, and in no way syrupy, making it a good choice for a hot day to sip on, provided the wine was ice cold. 2013 Saude Creek Traminette This wine threw everybody for a loop I think, given…

    George Perry/ The Good Wine Guruin Cabernet Franc Merlot Chardonnay- 3 readers -
  • Blenheim Vineyards

    … and tobacco. We decided to enjoy a bottle of the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon with our lunch. Before leaving I picked up my club wines and purchased more of our favorites. Blenheim Vineyards is always on the list of wineries to visit when we find ourselves in Charlottesville. The next time you visit Blenheim Vineyards, tell them Virginia Wine Time sent you! Tweet …

    Virginia Wine Timein Cabernet Sauvignon- 3 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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