Welcome to Monticello Appellation Wine Tours!

(formerly Arcady Vineyard Wine Tours)
2018 Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor
2011 & 2012 Virginia Wine Lover Magazine Winner for Best Wine Tour Overall
Article September 2019 in the Washingtonian Magazine    

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****CORONAVIRUS  UPDATE*****

We restarted tours June 25. All tours are private and require a mask in the SUV. Central Virginia entered Phase 3 on July 1. We are proud of Charlottesville in dealing with the virus by wearing masks and social distancing!

As of this writing, most wineries are open serving take-away tastings and bottles outdoors only – a couple have large indoor areas where take away tastings and bottles can be enjoyed.  Some wineries are operating  first come, first served, others by reservation only, some a combination of the two.

IMPORTANT TOUR INFORMATION

MASKS ARE REQUIRED TO ENTER OUR TOUR VAN. NO MASK, NO TOUR, NO REFUND.

TEMPERATURE WILL BE TAKEN OF TOUR GUIDE AND GUESTS PRIOR TO BOARDING THE VAN WITH A NON-TOUCH THERMOMETER. IF THE OWNER/TOUR GUIDE OR GUEST SHOWS A FEVER, NO TOUR AND GUEST WILL RECEIVE A REFUND.

TOUR VAN IS DISINFECTED WITH UV WAND AND DISINFECTANT AFTER AND PRIOR TO EVERY TOUR

Most wineries require masks to enter the vacant tasting rooms to use the restrooms and when approaching the outdoor wine bars to order. Some require masks when guests are walking around the property, and walking to and from to use the restroom. Masks may be removed when guests are at their designated seated area to enjoy their wine.

As of this writing, most wineries are selling bottles and take-away flights. Some only bottles and some bottles and glasses. 

While we normally charge your credit card at time of reservation, at this time the charge will made the day prior to your tour.

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Come! Let the oldest owner-operated wine tour company in Charlottesville do the driving and pamper you in casual luxury. No hassles reading maps, no worries about wine tasting and driving, as we escort you to some of the finest wineries in Charlottesville.

We don’t simply drop you off and point you in the direction of the tasting room – we escort you in, assist you through the tasting, answer your questions and explain how to figure out which wines and winemaking styles appeal to your palate.

Fully livery-insured per Virginia’s VDOT requirements, and fully licensed (VDOT license #217) we take intimate groups of 2 to 4 per van to taste some of Virginia’s best wineries.

Tours book 7 days a week – and include pickup at 1pm anywhere in Charlottesville . We are not a big bus loading up 50 people, rather you enjoy your own private tour.

Tours include driver/guide escorting you through your tastings, plenty of chilled bottled water, a personalized itinerary, and your choice of special amenity, for one all-inclusive price of $145 or $165 per person. No surprise add-on fees or fuel surcharges here!

Tour 1 Includes a deluxe local cheese, local artisan chocolate and fruit platter served at the second winery and is available daily. $145 per person

Tour 2 Includes a food pairing at every winery. First stop is specialty cheeses matched with the tasting, second winery pairs finger snacks, third pairs pastry samples from our favorite Charlottesville bakery. This tour is offered Thursdays and Fridays during the slower winter months. Not offered during the busy month of October. $165 per person

Tour 3 Includes a gourmet picnic lunch served at the first or second winery and includes a small cheese plate, gourmet sandwich, crisp kettle chips and a fresh pastry dessert from our favorite local bakery. This tour is available any day but Saturday. $165 per person

You’ll be back at your B&B/hotel around 5 – 5:30pm.

We do offer discounts for our local B&B friends: Arcady Vineyard B&B, The Inn at Court Square,  Inn at Monticello, and The Clifton, a lovely boutique country inn.

**Please note the tasting fees are not included as we cannot predict which tasting the guests will select, or if they will decide to share a tasting. Fees can run from regular tastings ($8 – $12) to Reserve Tastings ($15 – $30). All wineries rooms accept credit cards.***

Our daily tours include:

  • Pickup and return to Charlottesville
  • Driver/guide to escort you through your tastings
  • Personalized Itinerary
  • Virginia Wineries Guide & Map
  • Chilled bottled water
  • Deluxe local cheese plate

Notes:
Monticello Appellation Wine Tours is run by locals who have been touring & in the industry since 2003.  DMV Irregular Route Common Carrier #217