VA Wine Grapes

The history of the grape in Virginia is intricate and features failures, discoveries, innovations and successes. The grapes grown in Virginia are unique in their own ways to the state, especially the Norton and Viognier grapes. It was believed the Norton grape was discovered in the state during the 1830s by Dr. Daniel Norton and helped transform the wine industry for the state. Following the discovery of the Norton grape, new advancements in vine growth allowed for the successful crossing of the European vinifera vines with the native vines, making the French-American hybrids more resilient and capable of withstanding Virginia’s harsh climate. In recent years, the Virginia Wine Board has named the Viognier grape the state grape of Virginia. Learn more about the history of Virginia grapes and how their histories have transformed the wine industry in Virginia:


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