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Vineyards, Breweries & Cideries

Thomas Jefferson could be called the father of wine and wineries in Virginia, the first to take winemaking from the province of backyard hobbyists with a few vines to acres of vineyards and a focus on refining exceptional varietals.

Winemaking wouldn't hit its stride in Albemarle County for two centuries, in the mid 1970s. But today, after more than 35 years of winemakers intensively learning the land, light and distinct characters of generations of vines, wines from the Monitcello American Viticultural Area (named for Jefferson's home) are considered among the best produced anywhere in the Eastern United States. 

Vintage: The Winemaker's Year

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Part of that award-winning excellence comes from the topography. All around Charlottesville, time and the elements have eroded ancient mountains down to rolling hills that yield wines of incredible complexity as slight variations in altitude and aspect, soil and light, create subtle differences in grapes from vine to vine.  The Terroir is perfect!

The chance to work with that rich variety completes the equation, drawing to Charlottesville and the vineyards of Albemarle County some of the most accomplished and respected winemakers working today.

The result is a portfolio of wines that balance the best of Old and New World styles - bright, medium-bodied wines that pair as well with foods as they can be enjoyed on their own, all produced by small, family-run wineries that are passionate about what they do and passionate about sharing it. 

If you're ready to let your tastebuds make that determination, plan your own East Coast Wine Country vacation from the many wineries listed below.

But grapes aren't the only vines winning a following in Charlottesville. Hop vines thrive in the climate (in fact, Virginia was once known as the hop capital of the world), and Albemarle County is home to small-batch breweries making handcrafted ales and lagers as well as hard ciders from the region's orchards.

A handful of these award-winning brew houses form a beer-lovers dream tour known as the Brew Ridge Trail (an homage to the Blue Ridge Mountains).  The trail welcomes visitors in causal comfort, often with live music and simple but creative kitchen fare to complement the art, science and inventive spirit of this region's master brewers.

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22brix The Ankida Ridge Wine Room

  • 209 2nd St. SW
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 989-7420
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WELCOME TO 22BRIX, a unique and exciting new wine room located in the heart of downtown Charlottesville. We are the remote tasting room for ANKIDA RIDGE VINEYARDS, a family-run micro vineyard located ... MORE >>

Albemarle Cider Works

  • 2545 Rural Ridge Lane
  • North Garden, VA 22959
  • (434) 297-2326
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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Albemarle CiderWorks is a family-run Cidery and Tasting Room that produces cider from heritage varieties of apples that can thrive in Albemarle County,Virginia. Thomas Jefferson experimented with 18 ... MORE >>

Blenheim Vineyards

  • 31 Blenheim Farm
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 293-5366 | Fax: (434) 293-9983
  • Region: Monticello Area
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Established in 2000 by owner Dave Matthews, Blenheim Vineyards is a family-owned and operated winery located 20 minutes southeast of Charlottesville. With two vineyard sites growing Chardonnay, ... MORE >>

Burnley Vineyards

  • 4500 Winery Lane
  • Barboursville, VA 22923
  • (540) 832-2828 | Fax: (540) 832-2280
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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BURNLEY VINEYARDS is one of the oldest vineyards in the Monticello Viticultural area. There are 30 acres of vineyards - Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Vidal, Norton, Muscat Blanc ... MORE >>

C'Ville-Ian Brewing Company

  • 705 W. Main Street
  • Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
  • 434-328-2252
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Veteran Owned and Operated. Motivated to create delicious beer using local ingredients, the C'Ville-ian Brewing Company is set to be Charlottesville's smallest brewery. Come be part of the story! ... MORE >>

Castle Hill Cider

  • 6065 Turkey Sag Road
  • Keswick, VA 22947
  • (434) 296-0047
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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Cidery that produces hard apple cider made from Virginia varietals. Cider is made in small batches in kvevri, terracotta vessels which are buried underground in the world’s most ancient method of ... MORE >>

Champion Brewing Company

  • 324 6th Street SE
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 295-2739
  • Region: Downtown Mall Area
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Charlottesville's newest brewery and beer-drinking establishment located at the foot of the Belmont Bridge. Champion Brewing Company offers eight different specialty beers, from the ... MORE >>

First Colony Winery

  • 1650 Harris Creek Road
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 979-7105 | Fax: (434) 293-2054
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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First Colony Winery is nestled in beautiful Albemarle County, the heart of Virginia wine country. Owner Randolph McElroy, Jr. has created a truly spectacular winery with a focus on exceptional ... MORE >>

Glass House Winery

  • 5898 Free Union Road
  • Free Union, VA 22940
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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Glass House Winery is a boutique winery in the heart of the Monticello Wine Trail in central Virginia. We craft artisan wines made solely from grapes grown on our property and in our region. We ... MORE >>

Grace Estate Winery

  • 5273 Mount Juliet Farm
  • Crozet, VA 22932
  • (434) 823-1486
  • Region: Crozet
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Grace Estate Winery is located near White Hall, Virginia, 14 miles west of Charlottesville in Albemarle County. We are a member of the The Appellation Trail - a unique wine route that connects six ... MORE >>

James River Brewing

  • 561 Valley Street
  • Scottsville, VA 24590
  • Region: Scottsville
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Our brewery is not just a passing fad but our home, and represents the core of what we believe: Make a beer that's better, in a town that has inspired us to be better. A town whose streets run to the ... MORE >>

Jefferson Vineyards

  • 1353 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 977-3042 | Fax: (434) 977-5459
  • Region: Monticello Area
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When Thomas Jefferson and Italian Filippo Mazzei decided to establish a vineyard, they chose the land between Monticello and Ash-Lawn – the site of present day Jefferson Vineyards. With ... MORE >>

Keswick Vineyards

  • 1575 Keswick Winery Drive
  • Keswick, VA 22947
  • (434) 244-3341 | Fax: (434) 244-9976
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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Keswick Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery and vineyard situated on the historic Edgewood Estate in Keswick, VA, about 15 minutes east of Charlottesville.  We specialize in making small ... MORE >>

King Family Vineyards

  • 6550 Roseland Farm Lane
  • Crozet, VA 22932
  • (434) 823-7800 | Fax: (434) 823-7801
  • Region: Crozet
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King Family Vineyards is a family owned and operated vineyard and boutique winery located in Crozet, Virginia, 15 minutes west of Charlottesville, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We are ... MORE >>

Loving Cup Vineyard & Winery

  • 3340 Sutherland Road
  • North Garden, Virginia 22959
  • (434) 984-0774
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VIRGINIA'S FIRST ORGANIC VINEYARD! Our vineyard resides in Albemarle County among the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the spectacular Monticello AVA. The vineyard is the first in Virginia ... MORE >>

Meriwether Springs Vineyard and Winery

  • 1040 Owensville Road
  • Charlottesville, VA 22901
  • (434) 270-4299
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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The approach to winemaking at Meriwether Springs is as simple as it is proven. Combining “Old World” viticultural approaches with the most environmentally sensitive modern farming methods, the goal of ... MORE >>

Monticello Wine Trail

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  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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Monticello Wine Trail, the Birthplace of American Wine, provides information about the area's wineries and tasting rooms. Including wine trails and wine tour suggestions, news and special event ... MORE >>

Mountfair Vineyards

  • 4875 Fox Mountain Rd
  • Crozet, VA 22932
  • (434) 823-7605
  • Region: Crozet
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Located on the Eastern Slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Charlottesville, Mountfair Vineyards crafts small-batch, blended red wines using the classic grapes of Bordeaux: Merlot, Cabernet ... MORE >>

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard

  • 5022 Plank Rd
  • North Garden, VA 22959
  • (434) 202-8063
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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Pippin Hill Farm is a distinctive winery and vineyard, nestled in the Blue Ridge foothills, just outside historic Charlottesville, Virginia. The Tasting Room is a welcoming and authentic destination ... MORE >>

Pollak Vineyards

  • 330 Newtown Road
  • Greenwood, VA 22943
  • (540) 456-8844 | Fax: (540) 456-6565
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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Pollak Vineyards, a dream of Margo and David Pollak, is a boutique-sized winery on a 98-acre farm in Greenwood, Virginia, just west of Charlottesville. With the goal of making French-style wines from ... MORE >>

Starr Hill Brewery

  • 5391 Three Notched Road
  • Crozet, VA 22932-3104
  • (434) 823-5671
  • Region: Crozet
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Get a taste of local craft beer when you visit the Starr Hill Brewery Tasting Room in Crozet, VA, just a few miles west of Charlottesville, nestled in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge ... MORE >>

Stinson Vineyards

  • 4474 Sugar Hollow Road
  • Crozet, VA 22932
  • (434) 823-7300
  • Region: Crozet
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Starting June 16, 2011 Tasting Room will be open Thursday through Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Tastings are $5/person.   Make yourself comfortable with a bottle of wine on our picturesque patio! Pack a ... MORE >>

Three Notch'd Brewing Company

  • 946 Grady Avenue
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 961-0959
  • Region: University Area
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Three Notch’d Brewing Company was conceived by three friends who value great beer and great times, with close family and friends. Each of us has a great appreciation for individualism, respect for ... MORE >>

Trump Winery

  • 3550 Blenhiem Rd
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 984-4855 | Fax: (434) 977-0606
  • Region: Monticello Area
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As the premier name in sophistication and quality, we are proud to present you with the latest jewel in our portfolio of spectacular properties and brands. Featuring almost 1,300 acres of breathtaking ... MORE >>

Virginia Wineworks

  • 1781 Harris Creek Way
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 296-3438 | Fax: (434) 923-8694
  • Region: Monticello Area
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Founded in 2007, Virginia Wineworks is a partnership of Philip Stafford and Michael Shaps. Located in the former Montdomaine winery just 12 miles south of Charlottesville, Virginia Wineworks is a ... MORE >>

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