With most of Virginia entering phase one of reopening this weekend, customers flocked to wineries that could seat them for the first time in months.
The southern United States is better known for bourbon and whiskey, but Virginia is producing wines across 10 regions, from the Blue Ridge up to Northern Virginia.
Once home to Thomas Jefferson, who, more than 200 years ago, had grand visions of a thriving wine industry in his home state and country, Virginia’s hilly Piedmont region has established itself as an attractive, convenient destination for American wine tourism.
Trust me, Virginia wine is coming. Not in droves, mind you, but here and there, on the shelves of your local bottle shop or on the list of your neighborhood’s most adventurous restaurant.
For far too long, Virginia wine has been synonymous only with central Virginia. (Thanks, Thomas Jefferson.) Due east, however, lies the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, a worthy destination comprised of the seven core cities of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Newport News, Hampton and Suffolk. This area has been quietly building a notable wine region to call its own.
One of the great stories in American wine right now is the rise of non-West Coast wine regions.
On a recent three-day trip to Virginia, I found creditable reason to believe Virginia will rank with California, Oregon and New York as a high-quality wine region.
Early spring is one of the most peaceful times of year to visit a vineyard. Crowds are low, winery morale is high and we're all anxious for a bit of sunshine in our lives (coupled with copious amounts of wine, of course.) Here are four of our top regional picks for early springtime wine-fueled travel.
The Commonwealth of Virginia is considered the birthplace of America. It’s where English colonists first settled in Jamestown in 1607, and it served as the home for both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, our first and third presidents and signers of the Declaration of Independence. But what many may not know is its historical significance in America’s wine heritage.
Whether you’re a casual drinker considering your first-ever wine vacation, or a seasoned oenophile seeking the next big thrill, there is a wine-soaked destination perfect for you. With nearly 100 wine-producing nations worldwide, however, deciding where to go can be tricky. VinePair polled industry experts and had many spirited discussions to devise a list of wine trips for all sorts of travelers. Here are the eight best wine vacation destinations worldwide, as determined by budget, experience, and style.