Wine growing in Virginia dates back to the early seventeenth century, when English settlers at Jamestown unsuccessfully attempted to cultivate European vines. The coastal climate of the Chesapeake proved inhospitable for grape growing, but modern technology and viticultural techniques have solved these problems. The topography and geology of the state vary, which has led to the production of a wide variety of grapes and vintages. Virginia is currently home to over 200 vineyards, and the growth of the wine industry here has largely been fueled by tourism. One of Virginia’s most well-known growing regions is Monticello, which is located in the heart of the Piedmont region and features some of America’s oldest vineyards–Jefferson grew grapes here! Monticello covers more than 800,000 acres, and is famous for its chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and viognier. Another famous wine growing region in Virginia is the Shenandoah Valley, which covers 2.4 million acres along the western edge of Virginia. Like Monticello, the Shenandoah Valley specializes in chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, and cabernet franc; additionally, it is well-respected for its production of merlot.
We are thrilled to be listed as one of the Top 10 Vineyards in Virginia by Wine.net! See their top 10 at the link below. Cheers!