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Wineries We Visit

The Charlottesville, Virginia wineries that Monticello Appellation Wine Tours visits are those who offer the varietals our guests request, are located in clusters which make it possible to taste at 3 in an afternoon with plenty of time to enjoy each one, and offer beautiful scenery during the ride without spending too much time in the van. Listed are their main offerings, which change all the time as wineries continuously explore what grows best here in the Monticello Appellation.

Pollak Vineyards[Read Details…]

Pollak Vineyards offers estate-grown award-winning wines. Located on our Western Tour, the tasting room is a clean modern design with vineyard and pond views. The reds are not filtered. They offer Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Gris, Rosé, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Meritage, and a white port style wine.

Stinson Vineyards[Read Details…]

Stinson Vineyards, on the Western Tour, is a small and friendly winery that uses both estate-grown and local grapes. There, you can see the concrete “egg” that is being used by several wineries in the area for white wines, giving them a nice minerality. Beautiful mountain views too! Stinson pours Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc, Petit Manseng, Rosé, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Meritage, Tannat, Cabernet Franc and a port-styled wine.

Knights Gambit Vineyard[Read Details…]

Knights Gambit Vineyard, popular on the Saturday Western Tour, is a three-generation family owned and run farm where the offerings are: Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Rosé, Meritage and Petit Verdot. Take in the beautiful scenery, gentle horses in the fields, and serene atmosphere.

Cardinal Point[Read Details…]

Cardinal Point is a cute winery on the Western Tour where you’ll not only find great wine but also, depending on what family member is working that day, enjoy the rescue pooches who often grace the tasking room greeting visitors. Mostly estate-grown grapes, all local fruit: Chardonnay, Viognier, Reisling, Gewürtztraminer, Traminette, Petit Manseng, Rosé, Cabernet Franc, a Bordeaux Blend and a “hopped” Chardonnay.

King Family Vineyards[Read Details…]

King Family Vineyards, Western Tour, offers not only tastings created from mostly estate-grown grapes, but also during warmer weather, from July to October, has polo games on Sundays, with lovely mountain views and picnic tables outside. Here one will taste Chardonnay, Viognier, Petit Manseng, Rosé, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and dessert wines.

Veritas Vineyards[Read Details…]

Veritas Vineyards is the largest winery on the Western Tour. This winery offers estate-grown and local grapes and lovely views. Tastings: Chardonnay, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Traminette, Petite Manseng, Rosé, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Bordeaux blends and dessert wines.

Grace Estate Winery[Read Details…]

Grace Estate Winery is the newest on the Western Tour. After growing grapes for years as Mount Juliet Vineyards, the new owners are building a tasting room and are currently pouring estate-grown grapes such as: Chardonnay, Viognier, Vidal Blanc, Petite Manseng, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Tannat.

Afton Mountain Vineyards[Read Details…]

Afton Mountain Vineyards, open Wednesday through Sunday, on the Western Route, has beautiful mountain views and pours estate grown Chardonnay, Albarino, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot.

Gabriele Rausse Winery[Read Details…]

Gabriele Rausse, the “Godfather of Virginia Wine” has been making wine in the area for years, and has finally opened a tasting room that is open three days a week, offering tastings of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Chardonnay, Nebbiolo, Pinot Grigio, and Rosso.

Michael Shaps Virginia Wineworks[Read Details…]

Michael Shaps Virginia Wineworks on the Southern Tour offers a view into the art of winemaking. This is not a fancy tasting room, rather a custom crush winery where many have their wines made, from the one dessert wine at Arcady Vineyard Bed and Breakfast to the wines served at Pippin Hill and Keswick Resort. Currently all tastings are in the barrel room, but a small tasting room will be open spring of 2015. Grapes are from Virginia growers and carefully grown under the direction of top winemaker Michael Shaps. Both everyday and reserve wines can be tasted here: Chardonnay, Viognier, Traminette, Riesling, Petit Manseng, Rosé, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Tannatt, and dessert wines. They will also be offering a winery version of the beer “growler” called “Mon Bidon” (my “canteen” in French).

First Colony Winery[Read Details…]

First Colony Winery, also on the Southern Tour, is roomy inside and out, with plenty of seating for visitors. Friendly tasting staff pour wines created from both estate fruit and local fruit: Chardonnay, Viognier, Vidal Blanc, Petit Manseng, Rosé, Lemburger, Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and dessert wine.

Trump Winery[Read Details…]

Trump Winery, a Southern Route stop, is a beautiful location with indoor and outdoor seating, offering sweeping vineyard views. Because of the huge increase in winery weddings, few wineries have any sparkling wine left to pour for guests – Trump is the only location on our tours where we can be sure guests can taste some bubbly as well as still wines. Mostly estate-grown fruit, here you’ll taste Sparkling Wine made in the Champagne method from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, still Chardonnay, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, occasionally Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and dessert wine.

Blenheim Vineyards[Read Details…]

Blenheim Vineyards, created by musician David Matthews, is a lovely custom-designed tasting building with beautiful views from the deck. Estate-grown and locally purchased grapes. Wines poured are: Viognier, Chardonnay, Roussanne, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Mourvèdre. To our knowledge, this is the only Vegan winery in the area.

Jefferson Vineyards[Read Details…]

Jefferson Vineyards, one of the oldest in the area, uses estate-grown and local grapes. The closest of these wineries to downtown on the Southern Route, guests will taste: Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Viognier, Traminette, Petit Manseng, Rosé, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and dessert wine.