AMERICAN HERITAGE GRAPES & REGIONS
The Virginia Dare Showcase Wines are crafted exclusively with grapes from the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County, where powdery clay soil and a nightly marine layer from the Pacific Ocean combine to create one of the best viticulture regions in the United States. We use the finest heritage varietals known to thrive in California soils, and we combine the best contemporary winemaking techniques with the classic American spirit that Virginia Dare represents.
The Virginia Dare Showcase Wines pay homage to the legendary Virginia Dare herself. Our bottles are reminiscent of the original Virginia Dare wines, first crafted in 1835 by Garrett & Company in North Carolina using the scuppernong variety of grapes. Virginia Dare wines were some of the first commercial wines distributed in the United States. They were the best selling wines in the country through the 1920s. But Prohibition forced Garrett & Company to cease manufacturing alcoholic beverages, and eventually the familiar refrain of “Say it again, Virginia Dare” faded into popular memory.
In bringing the Virginia Dare legacy back to life, we’ve revived the vintage look of the original label and used old-fashioned American ingenuity to develop exquisite new wines worthy of carrying forward Virginia Dare’s legacy.
2017 SF Chronicle Wine Competition
Virginia Dare Russian River Valley Chardonnay