Matthew Fitzsimmons

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Matthew Fitzsimmons

I’ve been trekking through Virginia for a good 10 years. Initially I was in search of good hiking trails and Civil War battlefields, but my travels allowed me to discover the Virginia wine scene.

To date I’ve visited over 250 Virginia wineries – perhaps more than anyone else in the state. I’ve always taken good notes, but in 2019 I started blogging about my trips. Now I have over 90 wine related articles, not just on Virginia but Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.

Most of my blogs focus on a single winery at a time. But I’ve also done larger trip reports of different wine AVAs, interviews with winery owners, an examination of the Virginia wine Governor’s Cup winners, and a ‘rare grape report’ concerning grape varietals that are not often seen in Virginia.

The last item is one I’m particularly proud of. It’s easy to find hybrids or traditional vinifera in Virginia. It’s not as easy to see Refosco, Fiano, Vermentino, or Fer Servadou. I’m particularly proud that this spreadsheet has been shared among members of the Virginia wine industry.