Did you know that Virginia:
The month of October marks the beginning of the 24th Annual October Wine Month by proclamation from its state Governor Robert McDonnell.
If you are a friend of the grape, you have heard over and over again that most important word terroir; a French word that describes the sense of place where grapes are grown and wines are produced. Terroir definitions include not only the geographic sense of place but also includes the specifics of the place such as soil composition, temperature gradients, rainfall amounts, day/night temperature differentials and other critical items for the viticulturalists consideration in the production of his winery’s fine wines.
In the new world of wines (those produced outside of Europe), the sense of place includes the geographic areas in the 30-50 degree latitudes where growing conditions are the best for quality wines production. Countries like Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, Uruguay, South Africa and of course the United States of America.
Of interest, in the United States over 90% of our wine production comes from one state, California. The balance of production is split between Washington, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia. So let’s come back home to good ole’ Virginia and see what is happening here.
Since Thomas Jefferson first introduced fine wines into Virginia over three centuries ago, there has been an active wine industry in the state. There has been a renewed interest and investment in the production of wines within the state. There are now 210 Virginia wineries producing the gamut of noble grapes and some very impressive other wonderful varietals. The grapes that seem to impress the oenophiles wine raters and consumers of these wines include Cabernet Franc, Viognier and Petite Verdot. Virginia wineries are going for the gold with these fine wines.
Wine marketing groups and agencies are trying to direct more attention to Virginia as a fine wine producer and also among the 10 best wine destinations in the United States.
So why not reacquaint yourselves with our many prominent wineries and their lovely wines and spend some time planning your October fall travel with a visit to the many AVA’s (American Viticultural Area) and Bed and Breakfast facilities that are so very close; most within a three hour drive from anywhere in Virginia. They are rated among the 10 best wine destinations in the USA. Virginia is for wine lovers.
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