Northern Virginia Wineries
“I have lived temperately…I double the doctor’s recommendation of a glass and a half of wine each day and even treble it with a friend”, so said Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States and a native of Virginia, who was a wine enthusiast who passionately grew grapes in the Monticello AVA of Virginia for more than 30 years!
Northern Virginia has more than enough reasons to attract any wine connoisseur. Travel and Leisure magazine had listed Virginia on the must-visit list of wine lovers. When you visit Northern Virginia wineries, you have the opportunity to taste wines that will not be available anywhere else.
The American Viticultural Areas, called AVAs, are regions that produce specific types of grapes that are influenced by the geographical factors in that area. Of the187 AVAs in North America, there are six that belong to Virginia. These are the Monticello, the Rocky Knob, the Eastern Shore, the Shenandoah Valley, the North Fork of Roanoke, and George Washington Birthplace AVAs. Apart from this, there are nine wine regions and five climate regions.
Some wines that are exclusive to Virginia are the Virginia Cabernet Franc, Norton (which is native to Virginia) and Virginia Viognier. The Virginia Norton has the distinction of being named the “best red wine of all nations” in 1873 at the Vienna World’s Fair. It also received a gold medal in 1889 at the Paris World’s Fair.
There are a variety of wines that you will get to savor in Northern Virginia wineries. These range from Chardonnay, Mandolin and Cabernet Sauvignon to Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.
Northern Virginia wineries also offer a delicious range of meads (wine from honey) and fruit wines, from fruits such as strawberry, blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, apples, peaches and pears.
There are more than 250 Northern Virginia wineries today which offer wine connoisseurs wine tasting experiences that range from the expected to the exotic. There are boutique wineries and more large scale wineries that open their vineyards up to wine tasting tours.
The Northern Virginia wineries are mostly nestled in elevated areas that have soil that is especially generous to grapes with fresh air and excellent drainage. The growing season lasts a long time and winters a very short time which makes wine grapes grow very well.
The Northern Virginia wineries each have some common features as well as unique features. All have tasting rooms and some are pet friendly and child friendly as well. There are those that have picnic areas that are open to group tours as well as private parking. There will also be parking for RVs or buses available.
Northern Virginia wineries offer other unique experiences, other than just tasting rooms. You can visit breweries and distilleries too. You can also have special food and wine pairings which are perfect for those who are connoisseurs of wine and gourmets too. The unique features of the soil in Virginia create wines that are heavenly when paired with food.
Northern Virginia wineries are sure to deliver an experience you will not forget anytime soon!