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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Thomas Jefferson's Wine

“We could in the United States make as great a variety of wines as are made in Europe, not exactly of the same kinds, but doubtless as good.”

~ Thomas Jefferson

Many believe Thomas Jefferson was a man ahead of his time [a visionary] and his vision for establishing vineyards in Virginia while difficult at the time, it can now be said that his vision has been realized. It can also now be said that Virginia wine has a firm foothold on the ever expanding wine scene here and around the world and is set to become a force to be reckoned with on the worlds wine stage. If you'd like to read my review of some of the wines I encountered on my journey to Jefferson Vineyards, feel free to click here.

In 1787, Thomas Jefferson visited Bordeaux where fell in love with the region, becoming its first unofficial ambassador here in the United States, you can find the rest of that story here. He brought that passion and some vine cuttings back to his native Virginia where he attempted, but unfortunately failed to start his own vineyards here.

But despite those setbacks, today, there's a thriving wine culture in Virginia and on the very grounds where he planted his first vines at Monticello. In fact, it has been more than 240 years since old TJ attempted to launch his own wine industry in Virginia, but that vision has been picked up my others and it is now one the top five wine producing states in America. 

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