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Organic Wineries in Virginia Guide
Bob Barkwood

Organic Wineries in Virginia

In regions like Virginia, more and more vineyards are becoming conscious of organic wines. Wineries are carefully fine-tuned and improved to reduce the use of synthetic chemicals. This is why the percentage of organic wines from Virginia has...
Guide to Wine Tasting on the Nelson 151 Trail Guide
Katie Church

Guide to Wine Tasting on the Nelson 151 Trail

There is a popular stretch of road stretching southwest from Charlottesville Virginia called "Nelson 151", which is the home to tons of wineries, breweries/cideries, and even a distillery. A few of the wineries along this road lean...
Guide to Central Virginia Wine Country Guide
Bob Barkwood

Guide to Central Virginia Wine Country

Central Virginia is the central Piedmont area of the state. It is home to the Monticello AVA where Thomas Jefferson attempted to make wine at his home Monticello in the 1770s. Jefferson spent years trying to grown European varietals. The...

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Organic Wineries in Virginia

Where to find organic Virginia wine.

Bob Barkwood 901 Article rating: 4.0

In regions like Virginia, more and more vineyards are becoming conscious of organic wines. Wineries are carefully fine-tuned and improved to reduce the use of synthetic chemicals. This is why the percentage of organic wines from Virginia has increased dramatically in the past few years.

Guide to Dog-Friendly Wineries Near Charlottesville

Beautiful Dog-Friendly Wineries in Central Virginia Wine Country

Peggy Mihelich 997 Article rating: 2.8

Greetings fellow wine and dog lovers! My co-founder, Jeremy and I recently took a road trip to Charlottesville, VA with our dachshunds Bentley and Greta. Naturally, we used Corkhounds.com  to discover some dog-friendly wineries in the area. We normally base our choices on dog-friendliness, proximity to other wineries, and Google ratings, all of which our site pulls together.

Winery Review: Paradise Springs

Highly Awarded Winery Tucked Away in Clifton Virginia.

Sarah @GrapePairings 589 Article rating: 4.4

When I am in the mood for good wine but not in the mood to drive, Paradise Springs is my answer. Not only is it close to DC (it's actually the closest winery to DC), but the wines are extraordinary! In fact, five of their wines won gold medals at the 2018 Virginia Governor’s Cup!

Arterra Winery - Where Earth and Art Combine

Winery Review

The Corkscrew Concierge 439 Article rating: 5.0

Located in Delaplane VA, Arterra, which means “Art of the Land” is both winery and gallery. Winery owner Sandy Gray-Murray is also an artist and runs Hawkmoth Arts. So, while you’re getting your wine on, you can also enjoy (and shop for) Sandy’s beautiful art which encompasses a variety of media from ceramics to paintings to etched glass.

Guide to Wine Tasting on the Nelson 151 Trail

Explore Wineries Southwest of Charlottesville, Virginia

Katie Church 370 Article rating: 5.0

There is a popular stretch of road stretching southwest from Charlottesville Virginia called "Nelson 151", which is the home to tons of wineries, breweries/cideries, and even a distillery. A few of the wineries along this road lean towards the sweeter side; however, the wineries that I am featuring in this article are far from that and have something that everyone will love! For reference, I am strategically listing these wineries from most northern to most southern. If you are traveling from the south, you may want to reverse the order! All of these wineries are located on the north end of the Nelson 151 corridor. 

Top Virginia Wineries for a Vineyard Wedding.

Find the right winery for your special day.

Bob Barkwood 356 Article rating: 3.0

Virginia is known for its rustic views and mountains that overlook beautiful vineyards. This is a perfect destination for a glamorous wedding ceremony. Vineyard weddings are known for its luxurious nature. And, if you are in Virginia there are few vineyards you must visit and pick for your special day. Just makes sure you don’t fall in love with the wines on your big day!

4 of the Best Wineries In Central Virginia For Food

Notable Chefs make staying for dinner a 'must' in Virginia Wine Country.

Olivia Kennedy 586 Article rating: 5.0

Many of the wineries in the region are not only amazing places to enjoy a glass of your favorite red or white vino but to stay for a while and enjoy a good meal. In fact, some of the wineries are known for having the best food in the area, with notable chefs and delicious meal choices that pair amazingly with their specific wines.

What is Cabernet Franc?

Some of the best examples of Cabernet Franc are from Virginia

Cathie Schafer 793 Article rating: 4.4

Cabernet Franc is a red wine, made from a grape of the same name. Aside from being a unique and delicious grape in its own right, it’s claim to fame is as that it is a parent of the much more well-known grape Cabernet Sauvignon. Apparently a happy accidental crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in a French vineyard sometime in the 1700’s resulted in the ever-popular Cabernet Sauvignon. Interesting right?

What is Meritage?

The Mystique of "America's Bordeaux"

Cathie Schafer 649 Article rating: 4.0

This history of the use of the word Meritage in labeling wines really is fascinating. The brainchild of a group of American vintners, who wanted a way to identify and promote American wines that used the same grapes as those used in Bordeaux.  A contest was held to come up with a name to call this American blend. Of the more than 6,000 entries received, Meritage, a completely made up word to combine the words Merit and Heritage was chosen. It is pronounced like heritage, with an M.

Guide to Central Virginia Wine Country

Wineries, Wines, and Things to Do

Bob Barkwood 456 Article rating: 2.0

Central Virginia is the central Piedmont area of the state. It is home to the Monticello AVA where Thomas Jefferson attempted to make wine at his home Monticello in the 1770s. Jefferson spent years trying to grown European varietals. The Monticello AVA is the oldest in Virginia, formed in 1984 and encompassing the area around Charlottesville.

Greenhill Winery Review

Foremost boutique destination winery in Loudoun County, Virginia

Sarah @GrapePairings 1107 Article rating: 5.0

Greenhill Winery and Vineyards is undoubtedly one of the most gorgeous Virginia wineries that I have visited. It is in the middle of a county known for it hillsides, views, land, and horses. There are 128 acres, 11 belonging to vineyards, and the other 117 belonging to land for Polo Fields, tasting house/area, and a Farm Store. Yes, the surrounding areas are beautiful, but the winery itself is also stunning. They recently renovated the building in January 2016 to include both rustic and modern aesthetics.

What wineries in Virginia have the best view of wine country?

Fantastic views of Virginia await you...if you know where to look.

Gabrielle Amontillado 378 Article rating: 5.0

Wineries are a great place to visit to learn more about some of the finest wines in the country and to even see how they are made.

This is no different in Virginia, but one thing that stands out about the wineries in this state are some of the fantastic views you can enjoy while sipping away at the best that Virginia wine country as to offer. 

Here are three Virginia wineries with the best views of wine country:

Governor Northam Announces King Family Vineyards’ 2014 Meritage As the 2018 Governor’s Cup® Winner

King Family Vineyards’ 2014 Meritage joins 11 other Virginia wines to comprise the 2018 Governor’s Cup Case®

Bob Barkwood 441 Article rating: 3.0

Governor Ralph Northam tonight awarded the 2018 Virginia Wineries Association’s (VWA) Governor's Cup to King Family Vineyards for its 2014 Meritage. Like all wines entered in the competition, it is made from 100 percent Virginia fruit. This is the third time King Family Vineyards has won the Governor’s Cup. They also won in 2010 for their 2007 Meritage and in 2004 for a 2002 vintage Cabernet Franc. The Governor’s Cup was awarded Tuesday evening, February 27 at the Main Street Station in Richmond, Virginia.

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