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Virginia

United States

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Located on the east coast of the United States near the Atlantic Ocean, Virginia is known for its diverse terroir and varied landscape. The many rolling hills, lush valleys, and majestic mountains provide a multitude of microclimates and soil types - from metamorphic rock and ancient volcanic soils in the central Blue Ridge and Piedmont regions to young clay and sand near Virginia's coastal plain. Virginia’s climate tends to be warm and hospitable with evenly distributed rainfall and humidity throughout the year. This allows for slow, even ripening, resulting in grapes with well-developed flavors, balanced acidity, and a distinctive expression of their terroir. Virginia's wines also embody Virginia's position halfway between Europe and California, blending the subtlety of the Old World with the boldness of the new, like perfect French spoken with a slight southern drawl. 

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Region

5,000+ acres of planted grapes

10 regions

8 distinct AVAs

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People

300 wineries

10,000+ jobs created

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Production

10,000+ tons of wine produced annually

10th largest wine producing state in the U.S. and second-largest on the east coast.

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Impact

$2 billion USD economic impact of Virginia wines (estimated)

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Unique Fact 

America’s oldest wine grape (Norton) was born in Virginia. Some talented Virginia winemakers are working to restore Norton to its prominence as America’s native grape. 
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Primary Grape Varietals

Cabernet Franc

Chardonnay

Petit Verdot

Merlot

Cabernet Sauvignon

Viognier

Vidal Blanc

Petit Manseng

Chambourcin

Norton

Sauvignon Blanc

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