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.
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.
Honah Lee Vineyard
We operate a wine tasting room with some well known wineries in central Virginia.We are also a farm market that sells fresh produce, jams/jellies/sauces, baked goods and crafts. Our tasting room and market reflects the rustic ambience of rural America's old country stores.
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.
King Family Vineyards
King Family Vineyards is a family owned and operated boutique winery located in Crozet, just fifteen minutes from Charlottesville. The winery specializes in small productions of ultra-premium wine that showcase the remarkable qualities of estate-grown fruit. Founded in 1998, the winery's first vintage was only 500 cases, whereas today the winery produces approximately 5,000 cases. The covered veranda, expansive lawn and brick patio are perfect for picnics, while the tasting room and warm stone fireplace are inviting on cooler days. Bring your own goodies or pick from our gourmet assortment of chocolates, cheeses, salamis, spreads and hot French bread.
Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery
Founded in 1982, a vision was formed out of the love of Virginia and its relationship with the vine. Prince Michel has since grown to become one of the largest, most widely distributed, and recognized wineries in the state and along the east coast. Our wines have won competitions around the world. Located in the heart of Virginia Wine Country, it is home to both Prince Michel and Rapidan River wines. Our philosophy is simple and centers around hospitality and the enjoyment of the Virginia wine experience.
Veritas Vineyard and Winery
Veritas Winery, a family business owned by Andrew and Patricia Hodson, opened for business in June 2002; with the help of their daughter Emily they have succeeded in consistently producing a range of complex and elegant wines. The idyllic setting is easy to find but hard to leave, located just off I-64 at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The unique wines of Veritas are all of high quality, derived from vitis vinifera with the exception of one French hybrid. Our philosophy is to make wine with the classic, old-style principles of Viticulture and Vinification, at the same time using state of the art technology to capture varietal and regional character.
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