Virginia wine making is rich in history and dates back hundreds of years. Charlottesville, VA is at the heart of that history with famous resident Thomas Jefferson being America’s “first distinguished viticulturist” (cultivator of grapevines). He had an amazing vision for his home of Monticello to be surrounded by some of the best vineyards in the world and more than 200 years later, the members of the Monticello Wine Trail have a great passion to fulfill his dream. The wines produced on the Monticello Wine Trail have received both national and international acclaim and wine lovers from all over the world come to taste them and enjoy the breathtaking views.
There are currently 30 member wineries of the trail that surround Charlottesville, and the countryside of Albermarle, Greene, Madison, Nelson, and Orange counties. Each winery takes immense pride in their work and Virginia’s wine heritage as the Birthplace of American Wine.
We had the pleasure of visiting a few of these wineries over the weekend and throughout the week we’ll be featuring the wineries we toured and tasted. For our trip we stayed close to the trail’s namesake, Monticello, and visited 3 of its neighboring vineyards. Each of them has their own unique feel and wine offerings and are fantastic choices for a day trip or weekend getaway. So stay tuned for an inside look at our Monticello Wine Trail destinations.
For a look at the trail’s full list of member wineries and to plan your trip visit monticellowinetrail.com