Virginia Wine Industry
NORTHERN VIRGINIA WINE REGION
Northern Virginia is a haven for everyone. Not only are the sites magnificent, visitors to Northern Virginia are enticed with entertaining and historic destinations in every direction. From George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the National Air and Space Museum near Dulles to Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and Arlington National Cemetery. Civil War history is in every direction, with Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park, Manassas National Battlefield Park and the Fredericksburg, and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Virginia’s oldest juried crafts fair is an annual event in the historic landmark village of Waterford, and the Skyline Drive and Appalachian Trail are both nearby.
Across the Northern Virginia area, exists a large number of wineries thanks to relative elevations that offer perfect sites for grape vines. The rolling landscape, with its rich soils from eons of granite and sandstone erosion, gives good air and drainage for wine grapes. Add the usually moderate winters and a generous growing season and the result is very productive ground for winemaking grapes. Northern Virginia wineries are increasingly producing fine examples of quality wine from Virginia. These include Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Merlot, Norton, Petit Verdot, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Seyval, Vidal Blanc, Traminette, and Zinfandel as well as many fruit wines, and sparkling wines.