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Vineyards & Breweries

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 until more almost 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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Watch Vintage, a documentary that examines the factors that make Virginia unique amongst the wine producing regions of the United States. When it comes to quality and value, California may have met its match.

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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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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 winery 15 minutes west of Charlottesville, Va at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We are convenient to Rt. 250, the Blue Ridge Parkway, ... 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 >>

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