This hidden gem tucked in the trees of the Monticello Wine Trail is becoming a favorite among Virginia wine connoisseurs, but it’s kind of a well kept secret. Who would think this spot was home to a winery by the signage on the road (which is on purpose)? But when you’re told its wine is produced by the “godfather of Virginia wine”, it piques your interest and becomes a must-visit.
For those who aren’t familiar, Gabriele Rausse is a celebrated Virginia wine maker who had his hand in most of the wineries on the Monticello Wine Trail. Whether it be helping to establish the business, making the wine, or consulting, his talents made him a pioneer for what Charlottesville wine is today. For a long time, his wine was hard to come by and was only produced out of his home and sold at local shops. No tasting room existed.
Today, such a place is open, but it’s not on a rolling hill looking out on acres of grape vines with expansive views. You won’t see it advertised anywhere and it doesn’t show any sign to the unknowing eye that it’s here. It’s for the true lovers and appreciators of Virginia made wine; the people that come based on word of mouth recommendations. And that’s their goal.
The tasting room is a simple, beautiful space that looks like a modern chalet in the woods–surrounded with windows that give you the feeling you’re tasting some of the area’s best wines in a secret tree house. It is spectacular!
There are a few tasting choices, half, full or food and wine pairing, with nine wines included in the full option. As you taste, you’re served delicious fresh baguettes to cleanse your palette while listening to how the wine was made and what you should be tasting in each offering. They are all wonderful and we’d absolutely recommend getting there before 1PM to take part in a food and wine paired tasting for the full experience that Gabriele Rausse has to offer.
Visit the tasting room at 3247 Carter’s Mountain Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902 during the following hours.
Sunday from 10:00 to 4:00
Thursday from 11:00 to 5:00
Friday from 11:00 to 5:00
For directions, visit www.gabrieleraussewinery.com