The Virginia Winery Roster

In 2015-ish I decided I wanted to visit every winery in the state. Since this effort required a lot of note-taking, I made an excel spreadsheet of every winery, cidery, and meadery in the state.

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As of June 2021, I count 255 wineries, 29 cideries, and 11 meaderies, plus 23 wineries & cideries that lack tasting rooms. I rename the spreadsheet according to the current date every time I update it. Because of this, check back periodically as I make new edits all the time.

Also, deciding what qualifies as a ‘Virginia winery’ is harder than it seems. Some wineries don’t have tasting rooms; others are so rarely open that it makes visiting them nearly impossible. Some ‘wineries’ are really just tasting rooms for wine made elsewhere in the state. Others are companies that only sell retail. A few businesses make wine but don’t use Virginia grapes, leading to me to wonder if they even qualify as a ‘Virginia winery’.

For the sake of maximum accuracy, I listed every winery, cidery, and meadery I could find in Virginia, even those which lack tasting rooms or are more of a wine distribution company.

  1. If a location had wine using Virginia fruit under their own label, I listed them as a winery.
  2. If a location had cider and/or mead as well as wine using Virginia fruit under their own label, I annotated that they have cider/mead but for tracking purposes I still list them primarily as a winery.
  3. If a location had mead and cider (but not wine), I listed them as a cidery.
  4. There is also a row for wine distribution companies or wineries or wine labels that lack tasting room, such as True Heritage or Jake Busching’s wines.

Virginia Bottle Art: Crazy Labels and Great Stories

There are a lot of really creative wine labels out there, but what makes me especially proud of these wines is most of them donate to charity.

Here’s the link to the article in the Old Town Crier:

Virginia Bottle Art: Crazy Labels and Great Stories – Old Town Crier

I especially want to call out the following:

1. Blenheim Vineyards‘ ‘On The Line”, donating to Frontline Foods and the World Kitchen.

2. Forever Farm’s ‘Boykin Blend’ for donating to the Boykin Spaniel Rescue foundation

3. Iron Heart Winery’s ‘Jackpot’ for contributing to the New River Community College Access to Community College Education (ACCE)

4. Pearmund Cellar‘s ‘Black Ops’ for donating to the Code of Support foundation.

5. Walsh Family Wine’s ‘What Will The Women Drink’? for donating to the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter.