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Virginia makes TripAdvisor’s top U.S. wine destinations

By Jessica Yadegaran
Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 at 5:20 pm in Corkheads.

Virginia wine

TripAdvisor’s list of the Top 10 wine country destinations came out last week. All the usual suspects in California, Oregon, Washington, New York made it.

But I was intrigued about their No. 10 pick. Virginia. From the Monticello AVA, where Thomas Jefferson spent years trying to grow European grape varieties at Monticello, to the Northern Oak Grove region, where just about everything (including Cabernet Franc, Traminette and Riesling)  grows, and thrives.

There are more than 140 wineries, most family owned, in 15 regions (six of which are official AVAs). Spend some time perusing the Virginia Wine web site. Might make you thirsty for a new region.

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