Expensive Wines in Virgina

Virginia WInes

Virginia Wines

More and more wine lovers are recognizing wines in Virginia as world-class wines. After decades of being ignored, Virginia vineyards are making their mark on the wine scene, as more and more vintners are producing quality wines of distinction. In fact, just two decades ago, there were fewer than 50 wineries in the state. As of 2013, however, the Alcohol and Tobacco Trade and Tax bureau counts more than 275 wineries registered there. This jump in success has pushed Virginia to take the spot as the sixth-largest wine region in the United States.

California still maintains is reputation as the state making the most wine, accounting for about 90 percent of total U.S. production. At rates that high, Virginia simply cannot compete head-to-head with the west coast for sales. What Virginia can do is position itself to be the east coast capital for wine tourism.

The challenge for the state lies in producing wines from grapes that are popular and profitable. Popular varietals such as Riesling and Pinot Noir tend to thrive under cool and temperate climates and as results, the humid, muggy summers of Virginia make for less than ideal conditions. Merlot and Cabernet also do not fare well there, although they continue to reign as two of the better selling wines in the U.S.  Viognier and vermentino both grow well in Virginia and many wine makers are turning their sights to the production and marketing of these wines instead.

As these wines increase in quality, more and more consumers are coming to associate Virginia wines with sophistication and excellence. Expensive wines from the state, once scoffed at, are now more and more commonplace. This is a long way from the first vine planted in the state more than two hundred years ago by Thomas Jefferson. His Monticello vines were planted in the hopes of inspiring growers throughout the state. Although it’s taken centuries to reach the level of greatness that it now enjoys, there are several Virginia wines worthy of their expensive price tag.

Octagon, a wine produced by Barboursville Vineyards by Luca Paschina is good enough to go up against well-ranked Bordeaux and California Cabernets. Another excellent Virginia wine is Hardscrabble, which comes from Linden Vineyards in Fauquier County. The owner of Linden Vineyards is Jim Law, a former Peace Corps volunteer, who now works tirelessly tending to his winery.

What determines the price of an expensive wine is simply what the market will bear, which is highly subjective. In general, the more expensive wines from the state cost of Virginia around $40. A few of the more famous French Cabernets of similar quality cost from around $115 to $175 but they may be worth the splurge. Clearly, wines in Virginia still have some catching up to do, in terms of reputation, if they aspire to bringing in as much cash as their European counterparts.