He had planted vines on his estate, Monticello, beginning in 1771 with high hopes for Virginia’s wine industry. It has been noted Jefferson even became an investor in a group, along with George Washington, George Mason, and an estimated 24 others who became collectively known as the Virginia Wine Company. This group offered Philip Mazzei the money and assistance to grow vinifera grape vines on his estate in Virginia to aid in the production of wine.
Despite Jefferson’s successes in other life attempts, wine would not become one of them. His attempts to start up wine production in Virginia was fruitless…Jefferson never did successfully produce a bottle of wine.
Check out this short YouTube video posted by PublicRadioAmerica on “Thomas Jefferson’s Love Affair — With Wine”
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