Jefferson Vineyards is located on Thomas Jefferson Parkway in Charlottesville, VA, just minutes from its namesake’s home of Monticello. Its estate is the actual spot where Thomas Jefferson grew grapes over 240 years ago with Virginia’s first wine company and earned the name the Birthplace of American Wine. Jefferson Vineyards re-established that tradition in 1981 and has been in the forefront of Virginia wine making ever since.
If you’re a first-timer, begin your visit in the tasting room with the classic tasting ($12), which offers a generous sip of eight wine selections ranging from sweet to dry, white to red and, as a bonus, you get to leave with a souvenir glass to remember the visit. Our favorites–the Viognier (the state grape of Virginia) and the Vin Blanc. The Meritage is also a fantastic choice, however you really can’t go wrong with any of their wines. The service here is fantastic as well. The tasting room attendants are not only knowledgeable about Jefferson’s history and wine making process, but have their southern hospitality down pat. You’ll feel right at home here. But don’t get too cozy indoors, after the tasting you’ll be itching to taking in the scenery.
The setting of this winery is nothing short of breathtaking. It absolutely plays to its strength of outdoor beauty and you’ll want to spend most of your time at this winery outdoors. They have a beautiful raised wooden deck with tables and chairs under a large shade tree, as well as a garden patio set among the flowers with which to sip your wine and converse with friends. There’s nothing distracting you here but the stunning Virginia hills in the background and making sure your glass stays full.
If you’re heading out to do some wine tasting and site seeing in Charlottesville, Jefferson Vineyards is a great spot to take in some history and hillside views–and sample some of Virginia’s best vino. Visit their website at jeffersonvineyards.com to find out more about their award winning wines and amazing story.