You don’t have to live in Virginia very long before you hear about our wines. They continually show well in international competitions and sales are currently at an all-time high. So, whether you want to go for a tasting, a leisurely glass of wine overlooking the countryside and something to take home, spring is a great time to hit the road to some of our local vintners.

In the commonwealth, winemaking is not considered curious but a common part of our area’s culture. If you want to learn all about Virginia Wines, there is a great website to visit at http://www.virginiawine.org. You’ll find a treasury of information, wineries to visit, a listing of area wine events and Virginia wine news, hot off the presses.

One thing we learned in reviewing this site involves the beginnings of Virginia wine. Many of us may not know that wine has been a part of our history for a long time, as the site describes:

Virginians have made wine for more than four centuries. The Jamestown settlers had such hopes that Virginia would become a major source of wine for the British Empire that in 1619 they signed into law a requirement for each male settler to plant and tend at least ten grape vines. Little came of it. Every effort to grow vinifera, or vines of European origin, met with failure from an unknown pest, Phylloxera as well as diseases in a new environment. The booming tobacco trade diluted British interest in the possibilities of American wine. Americans themselves lost interest. While fine wine could be had only from Europe, whiskey, beer and brandy were plentiful…

(to read more, visit http://www.virginiawine.org/learn/wine-history/)

Get your palates ready. There are a lot of wineries to cover, so let’s begin now putting our travel plans together.

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