When I think of fine wines, typically, Virginia does not come to mind. However, that seems to be changing thanks to some diligent and hardworking Vintners. In the July issue of Decanter magazine, the Virginia area is called “the next big thing in American wine.”
According to the Marketing Office of the Virginia Board, there are about 230 wineries. In 2013, Virginia tied with the state of Texas for the title of the fifth largest wine-grape growing state. They earned this distinction for the reported record of selling more that 511,000 cases of wine. This is an enormous amount of wine. I am impressed.
There are several leading Virginia Vineyards that take their wine business seriously, such as Linden Vineyards, Barboursville Vineyards, Pollak Vineyards, King Family Vineyards, and Rappahannock Cellars. The Virginia Vineyards have inspired a few Billionaires to make investments in the business. Take for example, the magnificent Donald Trump and the purchasing of the Kluge Estate winery only to rename it the Trump winery. Tech giant from AOL, Steve Case and his wife has also gotten wine fever, they own the Early Mountain Vineyards. This is so exciting….
Does this mean that Virginia is the new Napa Valley? The verdict is still out on this because of mixed reviews… About 97% of Virginia Wines is sold and consumed in Virginia.
According to the wine director, at the Inn at Little Washington, “The current renaissance of serious vintners in the Virginia wine community has made Virginia a major contender”.
Another person seeing a bright future for Virginia Vineyards is Virginia’s secretary of agriculture and forestry, Todd Haymore. He is quoted as saying:
“Wine is one of the fastest-growing segments of agriculture.” He goes on to share Virginia’s positive outlook for the future when he shares the following: “We can’t be California, but we can be the East Coast capital for wine and wine tourism.”
If you want to see a great slideshow of the beautiful Virginia Vineyard Wine Country area check out some of the slide shows in the articles below. The area is simply breathtaking. I am inspired not only to try Virginia wines, but also to visit Virginia Vineyards for a vacation. Virginia Vintners, you have done a splendid job in increasing tourism for your state. This is wonderful on all accounts…..
Read more about this fascinating Virginia Vineyards in the following articles:
Vineyards that are putting Virginia on the fine-wine map – Washington Post – Dana Milbank
The Virginia Wine – Online Planning Guide to Virginia’s Wine Country – Virginia Wine Board
Virginia Wines: In the Old Dominion, a New Terroir – New York Times – Adrienne Carter
Is Virginia Wine Country Poised To Be The East Coast Napa? – Forbes – Katie Kelly Bell