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Friday, July 5, 2013

Wine on the Mattaponi

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The historian, Robert Beverley was born in Virginia, educated in England, and resided in Jamestown. He was married to Ursula, a daughter of William Byrd of Westover on the James River. She lies buried at Jamestown. His home was near the head of the Mattapony where he cultivated the grape, native of French, in a vineyard of about three acres situated on the side of a hill.  In 1715 he made four hundred gallons of wine, having given a considerable expense to this enterprise in constructing vaults of a wine press. A visitor to his home that year, John Fontaine, compared the vineyard to those in Spain, and thought that Beverley's vineyard was ill-managed.  Source: The History of Virginia by Robert Beverley.

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