Afton Mountain Vineyards
Getting there: From Charlottesville, take I-64 west to exit 107. Turn west on US 250 6 miles to Rt. 151, south 3 miles to Rt. 6, west 1.8 miles to Rt. 631, south 1.2 miles to entrance.
Wine tastings are held:
Mar-Oct, Wed-Mon 10 am-6 pmAutumn Hill Vineyard
Nov-Dec, Wed-Mon 10 am-5 pm
Jan-Feb, Fri-Mon 11 am-5 pm
Getting there: Take route 29 to route 33 west at Ruckersville, 2 miles to Quinque. Turn left at route 633 (Amicus road) for 6.5 miles to end at route 603 (Bingham Mountain road) turn left for 1 mile. Winery is on the left. Only open on the dates listed on their website.
Getting there: At the intersection of Rt. 20 and Rt. 33, take Rt. 20 South for 200 yards, left on Rt. 678, right on Rt. 777 and follow signs (20 miles from C'ville).
Lovely setting near the historic ruins
of Governor Barbour's mansion. $4
for tasting includes glass. Also home to the Palladio Restaurant.
Recommended by alum John Stoner '78.
Wine tastings held Mon-Sat 10 am-5 pm; Sun 11 am-5 pm; tours Sat-Sun noon-4 pm.
31 Blenheim Farm
Getting there: Rt. 20 South., turn left at Rt. 53, slight right at James Monroe Pkwy., continue on Carters Mountain Rd., slight left at Blenheim Farm
Established in 2000 by owner Dave Matthews, Blenheim Vineyards is a family-operated winery located 20 minutes southeast of Charlottesville. With two vineyard sites growing five European varietals, the goal at Blenheim Vineyards is to make high quality wines that reflect the climate, soil and beauty of the surrounding piedmont landscape.
Blue Mountain Brewery
9519 Critzers Shop Road, Afton
Getting there: located on Rt. 151 approximately 1.5 miles south of Rt. 250.
Known for its Full Nelson beer, Blue Mountain Brewery is in the heart of the "Monticello Wine Trail."
Getting there: Rt. 20 North (15 miles), left on Rt. 641 (half- mile) and follow signs.
Owned and operated by the Reeder family.
Check the website for special events, like the holiday open
house. $2 fee (applied
to your purchase of wine). Recommended by alum John Stoner
'78. Wine tastings are held:
Jan-March, Fri-Mon 11 am-5 pm
Apr-Dec, Daily 11 am-5 pm
Vineyard and Winery
Getting there: I-64 west, exit 107. Left on Rt. 250 west for 4.7 miles. Left onto Rt. 151 south for 2.4 miles. Left onto Rt. 638 (Avon Road) for .9 miles. Left onto Rt. 636 (Batesville Road) for .7 miles. Cardinal Point Winery is on your right. Map
Family-owned and operated winery in Afton,
Virginia. Offers German wines (the winery was started by
a retired military family). Closed on major holidays. Recommended by alum John Stoner '78. Wine tastings are held:
Jan, Fri-Sat 11 am-5:30 pm
Feb-Dec, Daily 11 am-5:30 pm
First Colony Winery
Daily 11 am-5 pm
Getting there: Exit 121 off I-64, 10.5 miles on 20 South to 720, take a right.
Complimentary tours and tastings.
Daily 10 am-5 pm
Getting there: Rt. 29 North to Ruckersville, right on Rt. 33 East. Go 1.5 miles. The cellars will be on your left (20 miles).
Call ahead for their excellent toursyou might get to taste wine that's still in the process of being made. Free.
Daily, 11 am-5 pm; tours on the hour from noon-4 pm
Getting there: Exit 121A off I-64, then follow signs to Rt. 53/Monticello. On Rt. 53 between Ash Lawn and Monticello.
Complimentary tours and tastings.
Daily 9 am-5 pm
Getting there: Take Rt. 250 E to Shadwell, turn left onto Rt. 22 E. At Cismont bear to the right onto route 231 (Gordonsville Rd.). The vineyards are about 2 miles on the right.
Closed on major holidays. Cost: $5 regular tasting $8 select tasting.
Daily 11 am-5 pm
Getting there: Take Rt. 250 West past Western Albemarle High School. Turn right onto Rt. 797 (Hillsboro Lane). Turn right onto Rt. 684 (Half Mile Branch). Go one mile, winery entrance on the left. OR, take I-64 West to Exit 107 (Crozet), turn right onto Rt. 250 East. Go 1/2 mile, turn left onto Rt. 707 (Hillsboro Lane) and then as above. Map
Offers complimentary wine tastings daily. Closed on major holidays. Indoor and outdoor seating is available for groups or private parties. Available for weddings and special events. Call ahead for group rates or additional information.
(434) 296-4188, ext. 25
Getting there: 3.5 miles west of Rt. 29 on Barracks Road (which becomes Garth Rd). Entrance on the left.
Closest winery.Wine tastings are held:
Jan-March, Sat-Sun11 am-5 pm
April-Dec, Daily tastings and tours 11 am-5 pm
Getting there: Rt. 29 North and follow signs (35 miles)
Lovely wines and a four-star restaurant. Stay in one of the elegant suites. Tours include a museum on wine production and packaging and a look at the production facilities. Wine tastings are held:
Jan-March, Mon-Thu 10 am-5 pm
April-Dec, Daily 10 am-6 pm
Daily 11 am-6 pm (last tasting 5:30 pm)
Getting there: I-64 exit 121 to Rt. 20 South (9 miles). Left onto Route 627 (Carter's Mountain Rd.); drive three miles, then turn right onto Blenheim Rd.
The Trump Winery offers former Kluge Estate wines, including in the tasting room and during special events.
Getting there: I-64 west, exit 107. West on Rt. 250 for 6 miles to Rt. 151. South 3 miles to Rt. 6. West 1.3 miles to Saddleback Farm. Winery entrance will be on your right. Map
Family-owned and operated winery located
in Afton. Closed
on major holidays. Wine tastings are held:
Jan-Oct, Daily 11 am-5 pm, or by appointment
Nov-Dec, Daily 10 am-5 pm, or by appointment
White Hall Vineyards
Wed-Sun 11 am-5 pm
Getting there: Go west on Barracks/Garth Rd. to the town of White Hall. Veer right on Route 810 North (Brown's Gap Turnpike). Turn left on Route 674 (Break Heart Rd.). Continue straight when the road becomes Sugar Ridge Rd. White Hall Vineyards is 1.5 miles on right.
Award-winning wines, beautiful views. Free tours and tastings.
Located in Charlottesville, Arcady Vineyard provides private tours of the area's best wineries. They transport groups of no more than five to taste some of Virginia's best wines, and serve a gourmet picnic lunch.