Virginia Winery Map

If the tourism folks are right and Virginia is for lovers, then the Old Dominion is one more proof that where there’s love, there’s good wine.

"The eastern state that, after New York, offers the most excitement today is unquestionably Virginia," write Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson in The World Atlas of Wine. While at least a few Virginia vintners and oenophiles would dispute its placement behind New York, the point is that world-leading wine authorities are taking notice of the growth that Virginia's wine industry is experiencing.

Sometimes it seems like everything in Virginia has historical significance, and its vineyards are no exception. As England established its foothold in North America with the first Virginia colonies, hopes were high that the new land could support grapegrowing and eventually supply wine to the ever-thirsty British. A 1619 law mandated each (male) colonist to cultivate at least ten grapevines.

But the dreams of viticultural glory were slow to be realized--these early attempts were foiled by phylloxera and other harsh conditions that the primitive farming methods of the era couldn’t overcome.

Over a century later, despite his great love of wine (not to mention his great wealth) Thomas Jefferson didn’t have much better luck. His numerous experiments planting vines near Monticello failed to yield a single bottle, and his compatriot George Washington experienced similar frustrations at Mt. Vernon.

It wasn’t until the 1970s when farmers and winemakers truly began to realize the potential of Virginia’s terroir. Healthier vineyards and better wines appeared, spurred by emerging research and outside investment--such as the successful Italian wine producer Zonin starting the still-outstanding Barboursville Vineyards.

Today Virginia has risen to an impressive 5th place in the state-by-state count of total operating wineries, with more than 200 wineries. The Charlottesville area (in Monticello AVA) is home to many of the best Virginia wineries, and benefits--both in tourism and cutting-edge research--from its proximity to the University of Virginia.

The quality of Virginia’s wines is clearly on the ascent as well, winning praise both inside and outside the Commonwealth. Renowned British critic Oz Clarke is a particular fan, placing Breaux Vineyards’ Viognier (produced in Loudoun County, in the northeastern part of the state) on his list of 250 best wines in the world.

Viognier indeed makes the best and most unique white wines in Virginia, at its best producing honeyed, perfumed, substantial juice that has serious aging potential. Chardonnay also does well, and if you tour the state you will find many fun (if few memorable) off-dry whites made from hybrids like Seyval Blanc and Vidal. No one should miss the sparkling wines of Trump Winery (formerly Kluge Estate), which stand with the best in America.

Virginia’s red wines are never overripe and at their best combine earthiness and spice with just enough dark fruit character. Cabernet Franc probably has the edge over the other Bordeaux varietals, as its peppery complexity is well-suited to the cool climate. That said, there are many delicious Merlots and Cabernet Sauvignons to be found, not to mention curious and sometimes eye-opening experiments with grapes like Tannat and Petit Verdot.

Regardless of where Virginia in fact stands relative to New York or any other state, no one can deny that it has come a long way since the viticultural failures of America’s first English settlers, and that it is making a very strong case for the potential of wine on the East Coast. With over 100 wineries within a two hour drive of Washington, DC, a trip to the nation's capital isn't complete without a visit to a Virginia winery.

Scroll down to find Virginia's best wineries. The "Highest Visitor Ratings" section lists Virginia wineries that have received visitors' highest ratings for service, views, and wine quality. The "Highest Wine Critic Ratings" section lists the producers of Virginia's best wines based on awards won at international wine competitions and ratings from publications such as Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and The Wine Advocate.

The "All Virginia Wineries" section contains a comprehensive, and continuously updated, list of Virginia wineries. Click "map view" to access the advanced winery search to find wineries that provide vineyard lodging, have food available to complement their wines, host vineyard weddings, or produce wines from organic grapes. We make it easy to find the best wine tour and tasting destinations in Virginia wine country.

Regions

 

Middleburg Virginia AVA

Monticello AVA

North Fork of Roanoke AVA

Northern Neck George Washington Birthplace AVA

Rocky Knob AVA

Shenandoah Valley AVA

Virginia's Eastern Shore AVA



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Virginia Wine Events

 

United Bank Bloomin’ Wine Fest (2017)

4/28/2017 - 5/07/2017

 

Blacksburg Fork and Cork (2017)

4/29/2017 - 4/29/2017

 

Celebration of the Vine Wine Festival (2017)

5/06/2017 - 5/06/2017

 

Montpelier Wine Festival (2017)

5/06/2017 - 5/07/2017

 

Town Point Virginia Spring Wine Festival (2017)

5/06/2017 - 5/07/2017

 

A Taste of New Kent Wine Festival (2017)

5/13/2017 - 5/13/2017

 

Neptune's Spring Wine Festival (2017)

5/13/2017 - 5/13/2017

 

Mount Vernon Spring Wine Festival (2017)

5/19/2017 - 5/21/2017

 

Wine & Arts Festival at Locust Grove (2017)

5/20/2017 - 5/20/2017

 

Pungo Wine Festival (2017)

5/20/2017 - 5/20/2017

 

The Vinton Wine & Food Festival (2017)

5/20/2017 - 5/20/2017

 

Virginia Wine & Craft Festival (2017)

5/20/2017 - 5/20/2017

 

Vintage Virginia (2017)

6/03/2017 - 6/04/2017

 

Neptune's Fall Wine Festival (2017)

9/09/2017 - 9/10/2017

 

Lynchburg Beer & Wine Festival (2017)

9/16/2017 - 9/16/2017

 

James River Wine & Music Festival (2017)

10/21/2017 - 10/21/2017

 

Town Point Virginia Fall Wine Festival (2017)

10/21/2017 - 10/22/2017

 



Top Varieties

 

Viognier

Cabernet Franc

Chardonnay

Petit Verdot

Merlot

Pinot Gris/Grigio

Cabernet Sauvignon

Sauvignon Blanc

Norton

Sangiovese



Virginia Wine Links

Blue Ridge Wine Way
Drink What You Like
Fauquier Wine Trail
Hagarty on Wine
Loudoun Wine Growers Association
Monticello Wine Trail
Richard Leahy's Wine Report
Shenandoah Valley Wine Growers Association
SoVA Wine Trail
The Virginia Grape
VA Wine Notebook
VA Wine Princess
Vines of Virginia
Virginia Pour House
Virginia Vineyards Association
Virginia Wine In My Pocket
Virginia Wine Pass
Virginia Wine Time
Virginia Wine: History Uncorked
Virginia Wineries Association
VirginiaWine.org
Wine About Virginia

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Virginia Wineries - Highest Wine Critic Ratings


1.   RdV Vineyards  
4.0
2.   8 Chains North  
3.5
3.   868 Estate Vineyards  
3.5
4.   Altillo Vineyards and Winery  
3.5
5.   Aroma Wine Tasting  
3.5
6.   Barboursville Vineyards  
3.5
7.   Bluemont Vineyard  
3.5
8.   Boxwood - Reston  
3.5
9.   Boxwood Winery  
3.5
10.   Cardinal Point Winery  
3.5

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Award Winning and Highest Rated Virginia Wines - Buy Direct


2010 Barboursville Merlot Reserve $30.00 BTI 89


2012 Barboursville Octagon $55.00 BTI 90


2010 Barboursville Petit Verdot Reserve $32.00 BTI 90


2013 Barboursville Sauvignon Blanc Reserve $19.00 BTI 92


2013 Barboursville Vermentino Reserve $22.99 CC2014 Gold


2014 Barboursville Vineyards Cabernet Franc $25.00 VGC None


2013 Barboursville Vineyards Reserve Viognier $22.00 AtlSeaboard Gold


2013 Barboursville Viognier Reserve $22.00 BTI 91


2012 Barrel Oak Winery Barrel Fermented Chardonnay $28.00 FLIWC2014 Gold


2011 Barrel Oak Winery Cabernet Franc $38.00 AS Gold


2010 Barrel Oak Winery Cabernet Sauvignon $40.00 IndyIntl2012 DG


2013 Barren Ridge Vineyards Tinkling Spring Shenandoah Valley $19.00 WA 89


2012 Boxwood Estate Boxwood Middleburg $29.00 WA 89


2012 Boxwood Estate Topiary Middleburg $28.00 WA 88


2012 Boxwood Estate Trellis Middleburg $19.00 WA 87


2014 Breaux Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend Meritage $48.00 VGC None


2011 CrossKeys Petit Verdot $32.00 WE 85


2012 Fabbioli Cellars Tre Sorelle $30.00 WE 88


2012 Granite Heights Winery Petit Manseng $23.00 VGC Gold


2014 Greenhill Winery and Vineyards Seyval Blanc Middleburg $28.00 WA 87


2015 Horton Vineyards Viognier $20.00 VGC GC


2014 Jefferson Vineyards Petit Verdot $25.00 VGC GC


2012 Jefferson Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend Meritage $45.00 VGC None


2014 King Family Vineyards Petit Verdot $36.00 VGC GC


2014 King Family Vineyards Roseland Monticello $23.00 WA 88


2013 Muse Vineyards Chardonnay Shenandoah Valley $20.00 WA 89


2010 Muse Vineyards Clio Shenandoah Valley $35.00 WA 89


2013 Muse Vineyards Roussanne Shenandoah Valley $19.00 WA 89


2012 North Gate Vineyard Petit Verdot $28.00 WA 88


2012 Pearmund Cellars Ameritage Reserve $29.00 JeffersonCup MOE


2013 Pearmund Cellars Cabernet Franc Reserve $39.00 JeffersonCup NOM


2013 Pearmund Cellars Viognier $25.00 BTI 90


2013 Pollak Vineyards Viognier Estate Monticello $26.00 BTI 91


2014 Shenandoah Vineyards Shenandoah Blanc $14.00 BTI 87


2012 Sunset Hills Vineyard Mosaic $50.00 VGC None


2013 The Boneyard Chardonnay $20.00 WE 87


2013 Veritas Petit Manseng Monticello $27.00 WA 88




All Virginia Wineries (274) [map view]


2 Witches Winery and Brewing Company

22BRIX

50West Vineyards

612 Vineyard

8 Chains North

868 Estate Vineyards

Abingdon Vineyard & Winery

Above Ground Winery

Adventure Farm Winery

Afton Mountain Vineyards

Altillo Vineyards and Winery

American Way Country Wines

AmRhein's Wine Cellars

Ankida Ridge Vineyards

Annefield Vineyards

Aroma Wine Tasting

Arterra Wines

Ashton Creek Vineyard

Aspen Dale Winery at the Barn

Athena Vineyard & Winery

Autumn Hill Vineyards/Blue Ridge Winery

Barboursville Vineyards

Barrel Oak Middleburg Tasting Room & Art Gallery

Barrel Oak Winery

Barren Ridge Vineyards

Beliveau Estate Vineyard and Winery

Belle Mount Vineyards

Blenheim Vineyards

Bloxom Vineyard & Winery

Blue Ridge Vineyard

Blue Valley Vineyard

Bluemont Vineyard

Bluestone Vineyard

Bodie Vineyards

Bogati Bodega & Vineyard

Boxwood - Reston

Boxwood Winery

Breaux Vineyards

Brent Manor Vineyards

Bright Meadows Farm

Brightwood Vineyard & Farm

Brooks Mill Winery

Burnley Vineyards

Byrd Cellars

Cana Vineyards & Winery of Middleburg

Capitol Vineyards

Cardamon Family Vineyards

Cardinal Point Winery

Caret Cellars

Carroll Vineyards

Carter Mountain Orchard

Casanel Vineyards

Castle Glen Estates Farm & Winery

Castle Gruen Vineyards And Winery

Catoctin Creek Winery

Cave Ridge Vineyard & Winery

Cedar Creek Winery (VA)

Chateau MerrillAnne

Chateau Morrisette

Chateau O'Brien

Chateau Z Vineyards

Chatham Vineyards

Chester Gap Cellars

Chestnut Oak Vineyard

Chrysalis Ag District Center Tasting Room

Chrysalis Vineyards

Cobbler Mountain Cellars

Coltsfoot Winery

Cooper Vineyards (VA)

Cooper's Hawk Richmond

Corcoran Vineyards

Creek's Edge Winery

CrossKeys Vineyard & Estates

Crushed Cellars

Cunningham Creek Winery

Davis Valley Winery

Delaplane Cellars

DelFosse Vineyards

Democracy Vineyards

Desert Rose

DeVault Family Vineyards

Doukenie Winery

Dry Mill Vineyards & Winery

DuCard Vineyards

Early Mountain Vineyards

Eden Try Estate & Winery

Effingham Manor

Elk Island Winery

Fabbioli Cellars

Fincastle Vineyard

Firefly Hill Vineyards

First Colony Winery

Flying Fox Vineyard

Fox Meadow Winery

Gabriele Rausse Winery

Gadino Cellars

Gauthier Vineyard

General's Ridge Vineyard

Giles Mountain Vineyard and Winery

Glass House Winery

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