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Virginia Wine

Virginia is an east-coast state of the USA, located immediately south of Maryland and north of the Carolinas. The state covers 42,750 square miles (110, 750 square km) of mountains, valleys, and the complex Atlantic coastline which forms its eastern boundary.

From the Cumberland and Blue Ridge mountains in the west to the creeks and coastal estuaries of the east, Virginia's topography and geology are varied to say the least. The landscape around Chesapeake Bay – a vast coastal inlet which separates the main state from its Eastern Shore – could hardly be more different from that below the 5730ft (1750m) Mt Rogers, 300 miles (480km) to the west.

The State Seal of Virginia

The Shenandoah Valley is the largest AVA here. It runs for 150 miles (240km) along the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the natural boundary which separates Virginia from West Virginia.

The Monticello AVA is the oldest, formed in February 1984 and located around Charlottesville in central Virginia. It has the honor of having been home to Thomas Jefferson, his extensive collection of French wines, and the state's earliest vinifera vineyard. One presidential connection is not sufficient for the state dubbed The Mother of Presidents (eight US presidents were born here); Virginia is also home to the snappily-named Northern Neck George Washington Birthplace AVA on the western shores of Chesapeake Bay.

Chardonnay is the most widely planted variety here, riding on its wave of global popularity. It is followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc and the Rhone Valley variety Viognier, which is now making some of Virginia's most famous wines.

Winegrowing here dates back to the early 1600s, when the Virginia Company of London determined that settlers at Jamestown were obliged to cultivate European vines – an experiment that was unsuccessful due to the fungal diseases that thrived in the humid climate (although the use of native varieties rendered better results). Nowadays, however, vinifera varieties dominate Virginia's vineyards – a change made possible through the use of modern technology and viticultural techniques. These include efficient canopy management and the use of fungicides, as well as an increasing emphasis on judicious site selection.

The quantity of wine produced in Virginia has risen dramatically in recent decades. In the 1970s, the state had just a small handful of wineries; now there are more than 100, and the number is increasing each year. Wine tourism is of increasing importance here, which, along with the increase in wine quality and quantity, suggests a bright future for the state's wine industry.

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Here are some wines produced in this region and all sub-regions, only the first 500 will be shown.
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Barboursville Vineyards Octagon, Monticello, USA Bordeaux Blend Red $46 4648
Trump Winery - Kluge Estate Albemarle Simply Red, Virginia, USA Bordeaux Blend Red $15 7709
Trump Winery - Kluge Estate New World Red, Monticello, USA Bordeaux Blend Red $32 10921
Trump Winery - Kluge Estate Cru Melange Nouveau, Virginia, USA Chardonnay $27 11712
Chateau Morrisette Our Dog Blue, Virginia, USA N/A $8 17365
Horton Vineyards Norton, Orange County, USA Norton $13 20407
Barboursville Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Franc, Virginia, USA Cabernet Franc $25 21071
Barboursville Vineyards Phileo, Monticello, USA Muscat $17 22589
Chrysalis Vineyards Estate Bottled Norton, Virginia, USA Norton $18 24214
Barboursville Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Virginia, USA Cabernet Sauvignon $13 25237
Jefferson Vineyards Meritage, Monticello, USA Meritage $44 25710
Thibaut-Janisson Blanc de Chardonnay, Monticello, USA Chardonnay $29 27330
Trump Winery - Kluge Estate SP Blanc de Blancs Brut, Virginia, USA Chardonnay $25 27768
Cooper Vineyards Noche Chocolate Wine, Virginia, USA N/A $35 27934
Jefferson Vineyards Viognier, Monticello, USA Viognier $30 29237
Chrysalis Vineyards Locksley Reserve Norton, Virginia, USA Norton $35 32070
Virginia Lightning Corn Whiskey, Virginia, USA N/A $18 32467
Chateau Morrisette Frosty Dog, Virginia, USA Vidal $23 34710
Chrysalis Vineyards Sarah's Patio Red, Virginia, USA Norton $15 34710
Boxwood Estate Winery 'Boxwood', Virginia, USA Bordeaux Blend Red $27 35210
Horton Vineyards Chateau le Cabin Pear Wine, Virginia, USA N/A $22 35210
Rockbridge Vineyard DeChiel Reserve Meritage, Virginia, USA Meritage $20 35711
Horton Vineyards Viognier, Orange County, USA Viognier $15 35975
A. Smith Smith Bowman Distillery Virginia Gentlemen Bourbon Whiskey, Virginia, USA Whiskey - Bourbon $13 36244
The Williamsburg Winery Governor's White, Virginia, USA Rare White Blend $6 37906
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