A gateway to the Shenandoah National Park and nestled along a section of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains sits the picturesque city of Charlottesville, Virginia. Though relatively small in size, Charlottesville—or C’ville to those who know and love this city—has an abundance of attractions, restaurants, and places to explore.
From ballooning at sunset, shopping at one of the longest outdoor pedestrian malls in the nation, hiking in the National Park, or touring one of the many breweries, the things to do in Charlottesville are plentiful and varied.
Home to Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, and the city that gave us the Dave Matthew Band, Charlottesville is also where visitors will find some of the best and most diverse wine in the United States. If you are planning a trip to Charlottesville, it is an absolute must to visit the wineries and vineyards in the area and experience what many say is the best wine in America. Use the interactive map below to help plot your course from one superb winery to another.
Wineries in (and around) Charlottesville
The first American to try his hand at winemaking was from this area but it wasn’t until the late 70’s that the wine industry of Charlottesville really took off. Slight variations from vine to vine—mainly due to the topography of the ancient mountains—make for what many say is the best-tasting wine on the East Coast. Let’s take a little travel through the city and see what’s in store for the wine lovers among us.
Tasting Room and Taphouse at Mount Ida Reserve
5600 Moonlight Dr, Charlottesville, VA
Our first stop is the luxurious Mount Ida Reserve. Here visitors will enjoy 7000 acres of rolling hills, tree-lined drives, quaint cottages, large manors, and a tasting room with a variety of small production wines and craft beers. These products have been paired with a seasonal menu that provides single-serving snacks, plated meals, and appetizers for guests of the winery to enjoy. All of the ingredients used at Mount Ida Reserve are fresh and sourced from local farms and food artisans. A great spot for families, the expansive yard beyond the wall is enjoyable for both children and adults.
31 Blenheim Farm, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Blenheim Vineyard, a 32-acre family-owned and operated vineyard, is as rich in history as their wines are flavorful. Currently home to four vineyards that grow Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Sauvignon; all classic favorites of true wine lovers. Blenheim Vineyards allows visitors to view the barrel rooms and participate in tastings. This vineyard is child-friendly, handicapped accessible, smoke-free, and offers an outdoor dining area.
1353 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Jefferson Vineyards is most notorious for its Viognier, Petit Verdot, Meritage, and orange styled wines. Here visitors will find comfortable indoor and outdoor areas to enjoy their tastings. Jefferson Vineyards offers two seasonal flights, wine by the glass, and wine by the bottle. In addition to incredible wine and charcuterie boards, and cheese, Jefferson Vineyards also provides live music on select days, free parking, and allows pets.
1650 Harris Creek Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Located directly in the heart of Virginia’s wine country, Thatch Winery offers exceptional wines, foods, and is known for its lovely hospitality. Thatch Winery is a destination spot for special events as many weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, birthday parties, office parties, and group tastings are often hosted here. A truly special gift for wine lovers, Thatch Winery offers an Adopt a Vine program. Adopt an entire row of grapevines and you’ll get to experience the growing process of your vine, two free tastings a year, tickets to the wineries harvest festival, a personalized plaque, and more. A visit to Thatch Winery is a family event, including the four-legged variety.
3550 Blenheim Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Named in the Top 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations in the world, Trump Winery is the largest winery on the East Coast. Their sparkling, white, and red wines are award-winning and flavorful. Trump Winery offers a tasting room that can accommodate both small and large groups. It is well-known not only for the wine but also for its incredible seasonal cuisine and stunning views of the vineyards. Trump Winery is also a getaway destination for those looking for a stay unlike one they’ve experienced before. The 26000 square foot mansion is home to 10 guest rooms and has been called “one of America’s true treasures”. Elegance, modern convenience, and classic Georgian-style designs all mix to create an experience that is one to be remembered. The world-class service is the cherry on top of this delightful winery.
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
5022 Plank Rd, North Garden, VA 22959
Located just a short scenic drive from Charlottesville, Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards welcomes guests to its beautiful grounds with hospitality and great wine. Their signature Sauvignon Blancs, crisp Blanc de Blancs, and barrel-fermented Chardonnays go through a unique custom-crush for a special taste from the first drop to the last. And because great wine deserves great food, Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards offers a farm to table 4-course culinary experience for groups of six or more. Guests at the Vintners Table are walked through a delectable meal, each with its own pairing. For those who enjoy a more scaled-down approach, the tasting room offers a wine pairing menu with small bites and shared plates. This is a winery that you’ll want to relax and enjoy the ambiance, the environment, and the tastes in.
A Day Trip to Charlottesville or a Weekend Getaway to Virginia’s Wine Country
Whether you are looking to visit just one winery for the afternoon or you are looking to fill your days will all things wine, there is no better way to enjoy time spent in Charlottesville, Virginia than to drink extraordinary wine, enjoy local and artesian cuisine, and enjoy the astonishing views. Use the map of Charlottesville wineries above to navigate your way.
Covid-19 Note: Be sure to visit the websites of each individual winery above when you are planning your trip. Each of the wineries and vineyards are operating in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions and with their own added polices and procedures.