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Take a Tour!

It’s a beautiful time of year to enjoy breathtaking scenery on a wine tour and celebrate with a special purchase. VirginiaWine.org features hundreds of possibilities for enjoying Virginia wines across the commonwealth.

Explore Virginia Wines

Whether you are well-versed in the variety of fine wines produced here in the commonwealth or newly acquainted to Virginia viticulture, we encourage you to explore our Virginia wine section online and when you visit a Virginia ABC store.

Virginia ABC is pleased to offer a wide selection of Virginia wines, including sparkling, red, blush, white, fruit and miscellaneous special offerings.

Is there a wine we carry that isn’t available in your local store? Any Virginia ABC sales associate would be happy to assist you. Your selections will be shipped, free of charge, to your store of choice.

With more than 250 wineries and just over 3,100 acres of vineyards across the state, Virginia currently ranks fifth in the number of wineries in the nation and is also the nation’s fifth largest wine grape producer.

According to a 2012 economic impact study, the Virginia wine industry employs more than 4,700 people and contributes almost $750 million to the Virginia economy on an annual basis. In addition, more than 1.6 million tourists visited Virginia wineries in 2013.

"Virginia ABC is proud to offer Virginia-made products,” said Virginia ABC Chairman Jeff Painter. “When you buy local products, you're supporting not only Virginia’s specialty food and beverage companies, but also a host of other local businesses and agricultural communities.”

A delicious sip of Virginia history

Virginia’s history and grape cultivation are uniquely entwined. Jamestown settlers, hoping the colony could become a major source of wine for the British Empire, passed a law in 1619 that required each male to plant and tend at least ten grape vines. Thomas Jefferson cultivated European grapes for more than 30 years. In the 1820s, wines made from Native American grapes met with great success. In fact, A Virginia Norton wine was named “best red wine of all nations” at the Vienna World’s Fair in 1873.

Prohibition, however, had a lasting effect on the industry’s momentum for many decades, but in the 1970s a renewed effort to grow wine grapes took hold. Today, only California, New York, Oregon and Washington have more wineries than Virginia, and wines produced in the Commonwealth have earned national and international recognition.

 

 

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