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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.

Thibaut – Janisson

Thibaut - Janisson | Afton, Virginia | Virginia Wineries

cat-icon 145 Saddleback Farm Afton, Virginia 22920

Molon Lave Vineyards

Molon Lave Vineyards | Warrenton, Virginia | Virginia Wineries

cat-icon 10075 Lees Mill Road Warrenton, Virginia 20186

Creek’s Edge Winery

Creek's Edge Winery | Lovettsville, Virginia | Virginia Wineries

cat-icon 41255 Annas Lane Lovettsville, Virginia 21080

Plum Creek Winery (VA)

Plum Creek Winery (VA) | Tazewell, Virginia | Virginia Wineries

cat-icon 5418 Thompson Valley Road Tazewell, Virginia 24651

The Homeplace Vineyard

The Homeplace Vineyard | Chatham, Virginia | Virginia Wineries

cat-icon 568 Rigney Circle Chatham, Virginia 24531

Thistle Gate Vineyard

Thistle Gate Vineyard | Scottsville, Virginia | Virginia Wineries

cat-icon 5199 West River Rd. Scottsville, Virginia 24590

Maggie Malick Wine Caves

Maggie Malick Wine Caves | Purcellville, Virginia | Virginia Wineries

cat-icon 12138 Harpers Ferry Rd Purcellville, Virginia 20132

Vint Hill Craft Winery

Vint Hill Craft Winery | Vint Hill, Virginia | Virginia Wineries

cat-icon 7150 Lineweaver Rd. Vint Hill, Virginia 20187

RdV Vineyards

RdV Vineyards | Delaplane, Virginia | Middleburg Virginia Wineries

cat-icon 2550 Delaplane Grade Rd Delaplane, Virginia 20144

Dry Mill Vineyards & Winery

Dry Mill Vineyards & Winery | Leesburg, Virginia | Virginia Wineries

cat-icon 18195 Dry Mill Road Leesburg, Virginia 20175

Marceline Vineyards

Marceline Vineyards | Mt Crawford, Virginia | Virginia Wineries

cat-icon 5887 Cross Keys Rd Mt Crawford, Virginia 22841

James Charles Winery & Vineyard

James Charles Winery & Vineyard | Winchester, Virginia | Shenandoah Valley Wineries

cat-icon 4063 Middle Road Winchester, Virginia 22602

Pearmund Cellars Winery

Pearmund Cellars Winery | Broad Run, Virginia | Virginia Wineries

cat-icon 6190 Georgetown Rd. Broad Run, Virginia 20137

Crushed Cellars

Crushed Cellars | Purcellville, Virginia | Middleburg Virginia Wineries

cat-icon 37938 Charles Town Pike Purcellville, Virginia 20132

Lexington Valley Vineyard

Lexington Valley Vineyard | Rockbridge Baths, Virginia | Shenandoah Valley Wineries

cat-icon 80 Norton Way Rockbridge Baths, Virginia 24473

Bloxom Vineyard & Winery

Bloxom Vineyard & Winery | Bloxom, Virginia | Virginia's Eastern Shore Wineries

cat-icon 26130 Mason Rd. Bloxom, Virginia 23308

Ingleside Vineyards

Ingleside Vineyards | Oak Grove, Virginia | Northern Neck George Washington Birthplace Wineries

cat-icon 5872 Leedstown Rd. Oak Grove, Virginia 22443

Grayhaven Winery

Grayhaven Winery | Gum Spring, Virginia | Virginia Wineries

cat-icon 4675 E. Gray Fox Circle Gum Spring, Virginia 23065

Barrel Oak Winery

Barrel Oak Winery | Delaplane, Virginia | Middleburg Virginia Wineries

cat-icon 3623 Grove Lane Delaplane, Virginia 20144

Sans Soucy Vineyards

Sans Soucy Vineyards | Brookneal, Virginia | Virginia Wineries

cat-icon 1571 Mt Calvary Rd. Brookneal, Virginia 24528

Cave Ridge Vineyard & Winery

Cave Ridge Vineyard & Winery | Mt. Jackson, Virginia | Shenandoah Valley Wineries

cat-icon 1476 Conicville Rd. Mt. Jackson, Virginia 22842

Lazy Days Winery

Lazy Days Winery | Amherst, Virginia | Virginia Wineries

cat-icon 1351 N Amherst Hwy Amherst, Virginia 24521

Effingham Manor

Effingham Manor | Nokesville, Virginia | Virginia Wineries

cat-icon 14337 Trotters Ridge Pl Nokesville, Virginia 20181

Giles Mountain Vineyard and Winery

Giles Mountain Vineyard and Winery | Staffordsville, Virginia | Virginia Wineries

cat-icon 290 Moye Road Staffordsville, Virginia 24167

White Hall Vineyards

White Hall Vineyards | Crozet, Virginia | Monticello Wineries

cat-icon 5282 Sugar Ridge Rd. Crozet, Virginia 22932