The first stop on our Monticello Wine Trail mini-tour was Blenheim Vineyard, owned by famous Charlottesville native and musician, Dave Matthews.
It’s everything you’d expect from Dave Matthews–welcoming, laid back, and rustic. From the private farmhouse on the property to the paint chipped barn to the old green Ford truck that sits next to the grapevines, it’s gorgeous in its charming imperfection.
When you set foot into the tasting room, it’s a refined version of the exterior. And it’s all about the view. The tasting room is a vision in itself with rustic wood beams, beautiful reclaimed wood floors, floor to ceiling windows, and glass floors that look down into the wine making rooms where all the magic happens. But the showstopper is absolutely the view from those giant windows. Wow! You can see for miles it seems. And they’ve positioned the tasting bars in front of them so that while you’re enjoying Blenheim’s wine offerings, you’re staring right out onto the vineyard and its rolling hills.
There are also two outdoor seating areas–the raised deck just off the tasting room and another adjacent to the barn, which we didn’t get to enjoy because of the rain. However, on a sunny day it would be the perfect spot to enjoy a bottle of your favorite Blenheim blend, cheese and crackers, and take it all in. This is also ideal seating for outdoor events that take place at the vineyard.
Now, let’s talk about the wine. They don’t offer all of their wines during the tasting experience. Some of them can only be purchased by the bottle, glass, or growler. We chose to do the tasting since it was our first time visiting, so those wines are what we can speak to. In our opinion, you can’t go wrong with any of them, but our favorites were the Painted White and the Cabernet Franc. Fun fact about the wine labels at Blenheim–Dave Matthews actually creates all of the artwork for the Painted Series wines and it changes with each new batch.
Blenheim Vineyards definitely deserves a visit or several. We’ll absolutely be back to enjoy the vistas and restock on their wine again very soon. For the amazing history on the property, directions, event news, and more visit blemheimvineyards.com