DISCOVER THE HISTORY
Thomas Jefferson attempted to plant a vineyard in Virginia for more than 30 years, to no success. Finally, in 1820 success came about at the hands of Dr. Richard Norton. Virginia wineries started getting serious about winemaking in the 1990s, Dennis Horton, one of Virginia’s preeminent winemakers, traveled to Missouri and return to Virginia with Norton vines. Now, more than twenty six years later, the region has grown into one of the most exciting up-and-coming wine regions in the country.
FROM ROLLING HILLS to the SALTY SEA
The dominant factor in determining a wine’s personality is its terroir – the core that distinguishes it from wines made elsewhere throughout the nation. The unique, mysterious combination of vine, land, soil, cultivation practices and climate all characterize the various Virginia appellations. From the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay the land and temperatures can be as distinctively different as the indigenous traditions.
ABOUT THE STYLE…
Virginia is one of America’s most unpredictable yet diverse wine growing regions. Producing interesting wines that increasingly are capturing attention across the globe, Virginia’s style is becoming notable. With a broad, unique range of grapes that successfully grow in Virginia’s ever changing climate and short growing season, the region produces great wines in the Bordeaux style and more.
The notable ones have a unique style and character, but all are an authentic reflection of Virginia Wine Country.