by Rick Cox
on Friday, November 22nd, 2019 at 4:21pm.
Wine has been the stipend of civilization, with the oldest winery found in Armenia in 4100 B.C. Spreading from Ancient Egypt to the Mediterranean, wine came to the New World with the conquistadors. It was the French that began cultivating wine in Virginia, ultimately setting the tone for future wineries in America. Wineries did not gain much popularity until Thomas Jefferson, Minister to France at the time, traveled to France and was inspired to open up a winery producing rich wines of his own in Monticello. Virginia today has 276 wineries in every region from the Heart of Appalachia to the Eastern Shore and Northern Virginia. Virginia Wines are borne from grape varieties of relative obscurity in comparison to traditional Wine traditions from the old world. You'll often see Viognier, Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot take center stage at most Virginia wineries. Richmond is home to some amazing venues which we've linked for you in this blog below!
Take a peak of these Richmond Wine Hot Spots –
Ashton Creek Vineyard – Jefferson Davis Highway, Chester