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You’ve stumbled upon the United States’ best kept wine secret. Halfway between western Europe and California, Virginia is a mix of old world and new world traditions. It’s where Southern Grit meets Old World grace.

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The Best of Both Worlds

Virginia’s wines are where old world and new world meet. Small farms focus on producing high quality artisanal products in a fruit forward but refined style. 

Though Virginia was one of the original 13 colonies, its wine history really only started taking off in the late 1970s. Now it’s on an exponential trajectory towards greatness, making it one of the fastest growing wine regions in America. Today it’s best known for Bordeaux Style Blends, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Viognier.

Virgina Wine Map

Fun Facts

There’s a Movement Growing in Virginia

A community of farmers perfecting their own agricultural art. They don’t bend to trends. They listen to their land, drawing out the story in every vine and every vintage.
  • 82% Vitis vinifera

    Vitis vinifera vines make up 82% of all vineyard plantings
  • 4600 Acres

    A total of 4600 acres (1860 hectares) of vines are planted
  • Cabernet Franc

    Cabernet Franc is the most planted grape
  • 300+ Wineries

    Home to 300+ wineries, which has grown from 50 in the 90s.
  • 8 AVAs

    Virginia has 8 AVAs (American Viticultural Areas).
  • 58% Reds 42% Whites

    There are an equal amount of red and white grapes grown.

Wines to Explore

Old World Grace & Southern Grit

Virginia wines are lush but structured; aromatic, expressive and beautifully balanced—blending the subtlety of the Old World with the boldness of the new.

Top Varieties

Cabernet Franc

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Cabernet Franc is the most planted grape in Virginia and makes up 14% of all the grapes harvested in the state.  It is usually made into a dry, oaked varietal wine, but it can also be a component of Meritage or other red blends.



Full-Bodied White Wine

The second most planted grape in Virginia, accounting for 13% of all the grapes harvested, Chardonnay styles vary depending on the winery. This versatile and well-loved grape is often aged in oak and goes through malolactic fermentation, giving it luscious vanilla and buttery notes, but it can also be lean, fresh, and steely.


Bordeaux Style Blends

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Bordeaux-style red blends are some of the most highly acclaimed wines in Virginia. While their blending percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc vary greatly across vineyards and vintages, the end products are consistently lush and layered. They are often built to improve over time in your cellar.

Bell Pepper

Petit Verdot

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Traditionally used as a blending grape in Bordeaux, Petit Verdot has come into its own as a star varietal in Virginia and makes up 10% of all grapes harvested. Its high level of tannins and deep color makes for bold, weighty wines that are perfect for a cold evening.

Black Cherry
Black Plum
Dark Chocolate


Full-Bodied White Wine

Smelling sweet thanks to the ripe fruit and blossom aromas, Virginia Viognier is typically made in a dry style. It has quickly developed a reputation as one of the state’s signature grapes and makes up 7% of the grapes harvested, but it is the second most planted white grape.

Orange Blossom
Honey suckle

Wine Regions

A Shifting Landscape

With over 4,000 acres of grapes that span the state, Virginia is home to 10 regions and 8 distinct AVAs.

Blue Ridge-

Blue Ridge is home to the beautiful Appalachian Trail and the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. Thanks to the loam and gravel soils here that provide excellent drainage and high elevations, there are many wineries found in this region. It’s home to two of Virginia’s AVAs.

The North Fork of Roanoke AVA

This AVA sits on the eastern slopes of the Allegheny Mountains and is known for Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Bordeaux Style Blends thanks to the gravelly soils. Elevations between 1,200 to 2,200 feet (365 to 670m) keep things cool.

The Rocky Knob AVA

Sitting on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this is a very picturesque region. The well drained soils and elevation of 1,600 to 3,500 ft (487 to 1067m) are key to preventing too much humidity and water from collecting nearby, creating ripe yet fresh wines.

Wineries in Blue Ridge

Abingdon Vineyards
Beliveau Farm Winery
Chateau Morrisette Winery
Davis Valley Winery & Distillery
Iron Heart Winery
JBR Vineyards & Winery
Nicewonder Farms & Vineyard
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Spinning Jenny Vineyard
Stanburn Winery
The New River Vineyard & Winery
Villa Appalaccia
West Wind Farm Vineyard and Winery

Central Virginia+

Chesapeake Bay+

Eastern Shore+

Hampton Roads+

Heart of Appalachia+

Northern Virginia+

Shenandoah Valley+

Southern Virginia+

Virginia Mountains+

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