settlers produced wine at Jamestown in 1609, and later a famous Virginian, Thomas
Jefferson, became a wine advisor to several American presidents.
George Washingtons request, the first wines to be stocked in the White House
were selected by Jefferson. In 1774, he and Italian Filippo Mazzei established vineyards on land adjoining
Monticello the site of present day Jefferson Vineyards (see photo).
More than 20 grape varieties are grown in Virginia resulting in wines from reds
to whites, dry to sweet, and produced in more than 200 wineries, and featured at over 300 Virginia wine festivals throughout the year...
More information about Virginia wineries around the Web:
- Tasting tips, wine varieties in Virginia, food & wine combinations, a history
of Virginia wine, fact sheets, event calendar, info on award-winners plus a complete
directory of Virginia wineries and vineyards browseable in an A-Z list, by region
or interactive map.
Wine Country - For true Virginia wine fans and coverts offering feature
story articles, a complete directory of wine tasting and wineries in Virginia
with featured wineries in a separate listing, an events calendar, and more on
regional restaurants, lodging, related attractions and visitor favorites.
- Courtesy of Virginia Tech and asking the burning question ... What's Hot in Grapes?
Along with a collection of great resources for the amateur and professional grape
grower, and an extensive directory of Virginia wineries.