Wine Tasting Around Charlottesville Virginia

Although more popular wine regions are in California, wine was found earlier elsewhere in America. The history of wine in Virginia can be traced to Thomas Jefferson in the early 1800s and even to Jamestown in 1607. The number of Virginia wineries has exponentially increased in the past few years, along with vino-tourism.

Central Virginia has several popular wine trails. I recently made several stops along the Monticello Wine Trail.

After a gorgeous scenic drive down Shenandoah Valley, I approached Charlottesville from the intersection of interstate highways 81 and 64. An easy first stop was King Family Vineyards in Crozet (pronounced Crow-zay, I learned). Looks like King is ready for us.

King Family Vineyards, Charlottesville Virginia

King Family Vineyards, Charlottesville

Here is a reminder that this is also horse country.

King Family Vineyards, Charlottesville

King Family Vineyards, Charlottesville

In fact, King hosts polo matches throughout the year. It is a fantastic setting.

King Family Vineyards, Charlottesville

King Family Vineyards, Charlottesville

Nearby I found another kitschy speed limit sign. Love ’em.

Grace Estate Winery, Charlottesville

Grace Estate Winery, Charlottesville

Next stop was Stinson Vineyards.

Stinson Vineyards, Charlottesville

Stinson Vineyards, Charlottesville

I loved the display of items found on the property during initial restoration.

Stinson Vineyards, Charlottesville

Stinson Vineyards, Charlottesville

Sugar Hollow Red is one of Stinson’s wines. I liked the name because we were staying nearby at an excellent B&B called Inn at Sugar Hollow Farm.

Stinson Vineyards, Charlottesville

Stinson Vineyards, Charlottesville

Next day, our first stop was White Hall Vineyards.

White Hall Vineyards, Charlottesville

White Hall Vineyards, Charlottesville

White Hall has some very well decorated soldiers.

White Hall Vineyards, Charlottesville

White Hall Vineyards, Charlottesville

Glass House Winery, our final stop, had much going on; a B&B, a conservatory with tropical plants, and wine. I loved the view.

Glass House Winery, Charlottesville

Glass House Winery, Charlottesville

Not sure I agree with this Glass House sign but I do like their humor.

Glass House Winery, Charlottesville

Glass House Winery, Charlottesville

The highlight might be homemade chocolates. What? Wine and chocolate. Amazing.

Glass House Winery, Charlottesville

Glass House Winery, Charlottesville

These were only a handful of the 30 wineries in the Charlottesville area. I must make a return trip—or several—to visit them all.

What is your favorite wine region?

NOTE: As much as I wish I was compensated by the companies mentioned in this article, I am NOT.

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