Virginia vs Washington
Virginia wine has evolved in the 21st century. Viticulture and winemaking in the region dates to colonial times, in the 1600s, when the government encouraged colonists to plant vineyards.
About 250 years ago, Thomas Jefferson planted vineyards at Monticello with the aim of making it the premier winegrowing area in the state. However, he experienced difficulties, as did others, in growing the familiar European wine grape varieties because of the presence of Phylloxera, a root louse, in the soil as well as other plant disease issues.
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