Charlottesville Welcome Book Fall 2016

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.

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.

Keswick Vineyards

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.

Valley Road Vineyards

Come see us in Virginia's beautiful Rockfish Valley and enjoy a Classic Tasting, a Wine and Cheese Pairing, or bring a picnic and share a bottle while you relax on our patio. The first commitments of Valley Road Vineyards are to the excellence of the wine we serve and to the high quality of our guests’ visitor experiences.