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.
Central Virginia Wine Tours & Transporation
We are a new transportation company providing service in Central Virginia. Owner Stephen B. Sanford opened Central Virginia Wine Tours & Transportation with the desire to provide a luxurious transportation service throughout the Central Virginia area. Our clients include couples, group parties for daily outings or specialized events, and business travelers. Our mission is to tailor to your particular interests and needs to make your experience unforgettable.
DelFosse Vineyards & Winery
Nestled in a quiet valley at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, DelFosse Vineyards & Winery invites you to come explore. A brief 30-minute drive from Charlottesville will lead you to our scenic location where you can experience the solitude of the Virginia countryside. We offer a variety of activities and events for your enjoyment. Tour the vineyard, one of the only terraced vineyards in the state. Taste our unique variety of wines, ranging from Merlot to Petit Mensang. Bring the family and enjoy a calm picnic by the lake or make reservations for one of our wonderful events!
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.
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.
We grow grapes and make wine from Thomas Jefferson's original vineyard sites, first planted in 1774 just one mile from Monticello. We produce between 4,000 to 8,000 cases annually depending on vintage conditions. Our white wines are marked by their freshness, vibrancy and full flavor. Our red wines are full-flavored, with subtle complexity, a delicate touch of oak and a delightful elegance. These are wines to be enjoyed at table with good food, family and friends. Open daily from 10am to 6pm for tastings and vineyard tours.
Keswick Vineyards is a family-owned and operated vineyard and winery located on the historical Edgewood Estates, just minutes from Charlottesville. Our focus remains on creating small lots of handcrafted, award-winning wines. Visit our tasting room in a quaint country setting to learn more about wine making in Virginia from our friendly and knowledgeable staff while you enjoy the fruits of our labor of love. Our tasting room is open every day (except major holidays) from 9am-5pm, and the tasting fee is waived with the purchase of three bottles.
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