Vineyard Tours & Tastings
Thomas Jefferson dreamt that Virginia wines would one day be plentiful and held in high regard, and today’s local vintners have accomplished just that by producing award-winning wines. The Monticello Viticultural Area encompasses more than half of Virginia’s wine country and contains over 1,000 acres of vineyards. Now the fifth largest wine-producing state in the country, Virginia has received both national and international acclaim for its wines, with more than 50 local vineyards offer wine tastings from the lightest pinot grigio to the deepest merlot. Be sure to visit the following vineyards on your next trip to Charlottesville.
Castle Hill Cider
Come visit. Drink our award-winning ciders. Wander the gorgeous grounds. We trust you'll enjoy our rich history, and perhaps even create some of your own. Castile Hill can host special events like weddings, corporate parties, and small gatherings—all sure to create beautiful memories. Daily tasting hours of 11am - 5pm.
Charlottesville Wine & Country Living
A uniquely beautiful magazine expressing the elegant country lifestyle of Jefferson's Virginia within a modern aesthetic, Charlottesville Wine & Country Living tells our local story. Each issue highlights local interests in architecture, interior design, music, literature, gardening, entertaining, dining, art, wine, cider, beer making and more!
Crosskeys Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery located in the heart of beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Our approach is to grow, by hand, the highest quality fruit using careful canopy management and yield balance to achieve wines that are truly expressive of the varietal and soils here at Crosskeys. Our first vines were planted in 2001 and we have only grown since then. Our 125 acre estate currently houses 30 acres of vines with plans on additions this spring. We currently grow 12 varietals of grapes all used to produce our one of a kind award winning wines.
Early Mountain Vineyards
Early Mountain Vineyards, part of the Monticello Wine Trail, is located off of Route 29. Owners Jean and Steve Case, former America Online (AOL) executives, believe that Virginia has the potential to compete with the world's best wine regions. Early Mountain features estate-grown wines as well as a selection of celebrated Virginia wines from award-winning wineries across the state, and offers a range of “eat local” offerings from surrounding farms. With its warm and inviting tasting room, great outdoor spaces, breathtaking views and welcoming spirit, guests will come to Early Mountain for the wines, and stay for the experience.
First Colony Winery
Our Winery is nestled at the foothills of the Blue Ridge, the heart of Virginia Wine Country. First Colony boasts breathtaking sunsets, charming Old World gardens, meticulously manicured vineyards and newly renovated facilities. The warm hospitality and elegant atmosphere will make you feel like kicking back and staying awhile. Wine tastings are available Monday-Friday, 11am-5pm. For wine tours on Saturdays and Sundays, please call us.
Flying Fox Vineyard
Great wine comes from great grapes, and we love to grow grapes. After years of tending our vineyard, we now craft our own Flying Fox wines. Visit us in beautiful Nelson County to taste our wines which reflect the true character of our Virginia-grown fruit. We have the classics - Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot along with Chardonnay and Viognier. Bring a picnic, share a glass of wine with friends and family, and enjoy the views from our patio. Hope to see you soon! (Closed January and February)
Horton Vineyards, located in Orange County, Virginia, is one of the most innovative wineries in the country. Utilizing the latest viticultural techniques, Horton is charting a new generation of wines made from Viognier, the premier grape of France's Rhone Valley, and other premium varieties from southern France, Portugal, Spain, Russia/Georgia and Italy. Visitors are invited to come explore these distinctive wines in Horton's magnificent stone winery, open daily for wine tasting from 10am to 5pm. When you visit, remember to taste the Blanco Xoco, the white wine with chocolate essence.
Septenary: The Winery at Seven Oaks Farm
Whether you are planning a wedding, birthday or anniversary celebration, rehearsal dinner, graduation party of private reception, Seven Oaks is the perfect place to have your event! We offer indoor and outdoor spaces that can be customized to fit your needs. Come and enjoy the Septenary experience firsthand, whether through a glass of our wine with family or friends, a more formal tasting of the wines, or by joining our family through the Septenary wine club.
Stone Mountain Vineyards
Taste the Altitude! At over 1,700 ft., Stone Mountain Vineyards is one of the highest vineyards in all of Virginia. Coupled with superb Monticello terroir, we produce award-winning wines year after year. Learn more and plan your visit today. Join us for a glass on our expansive deck and take in the breathtaking view from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Top Shelf Transportation
Top Shelf, a premium tour and transporation company, specializes in providing leisurely tours for history buffs, as well as wine, brew, cider and spirit enthusiasts. You will not only be paired with a knowledgeable driver but also assisted in planning your tour and finalizing every detail down to a gourmet food option. Don't settle for the ordinary...choose extraordinary.
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