Commemorating 400 Years of Winemaking in Virginia
In recognition of the 400th anniversary of winegrowing in the Americas, Virginia's finest producers were asked to each donate a barrel of their best red Bordeaux-style varietal wine. These were then blended together and bottled to create a limited-edition commemorative wine called Virginia's Heritage.
A truly Virginia wine, Virginia's Heritage represents Virginia's burgeoning wine scene while at the same time paying homage to the quadricentennial establishing Virginia as the cradle of winemaking in the Americas.
Virginia: First in Wine
As the first settlers arrived in Jamestown Colony in the early 1600s, they were commanded by Acte 12, the 12th law created by the early House of Burgesses, to plant and tend grapevines sent over from France in 1619 and harvest grapes. After struggling to achieve a fruitful harvest, an additional 10,000 grapevines were sent in 1621. Trial and error continued until the late 1670s when the industry began to take root.
Now as we arrive at the 400th anniversary of those original plantings, we thought it only proper to commemorate the fine wines, winemakers and wineries that have elevated Virginia to one of the top 10 wine-producing states in the U.S.
Limited Edition, Limited Quantities
Only 10,000 bottles of Virginia's Heritage wine will be bottled, each bottle representing one of the 10,000 grapevines brought to Virginia by the Virginia Company 400 years ago.