8 Best Charlottesville Wineries

The Charlottesville area in central Virginia has a large number of excellent wineries that offer fabulous wines and lovely scenery amidst the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounding hills and streams. I took a Labor Day Weekend trip exploring the area recently, and I want to share just some of my favorite Charlottesville wineries that I visited. Many wineries are also located close together, which makes travel easy and convenient.

So after exploring the city of Charlottesville and historic Monticello, make sure to venture out of the city and enjoy the many wineries that the region has to offer!

Please note that the information on this page is subject to change, so I recommend visiting the winery website or giving them a call to confirm the most up-to-date information before you visit. 

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Veritas Vineyards and Winery (Afton, VA)

Veritas is one of my favorite wineries to visit – and it is not to be missed! The vineyard also includes an adjacent farmhouse that features a bed and breakfast, plus an absolutely fabulous dinner! The meal features four courses, each paired with its own wine.

I went there recently and had a delicious meal that included toasted Marcona almond vichyssoise, veal tenderloin with king oyster mushrooms, and chocolate and pistachio semifreddo. Each dish was incredible and was perfectly paired with four excellent wines, including a petit viognier, a merlot, and a dessert wine. The farmhouse is a gorgeous historic building, and the surroundings feature sheep, and a lovely gazebo and gardens. The setting is perfect for a wedding. 

I also had other food served as part of the winery one afternoon, and that was also excellent, particularly the fig and goat cheese focaccia and charcuterie board. 

Hours: 

Daily: 11am-5pm

Food: The Tasting Room offers cheese and charcuterie boards, salads, sandwiches and flatbreads. The Farmhouse at Veritas offers a restaurant with excellent, elegant meals. 

Dogs Allowed? Yes


Barboursville Vineyards (Barboursville, VA)

A trip to Charlottesville wineries would not be complete without a stop at Barboursville Vineyards. This sprawling complex is home to the largest winery in Virginia. It dates back to 1821. I highly recommend taking some time to explore the surrounding area. A walk down the road from the main building will allow you to view the Landmark Ruins. They have a huge collection of excellent wines, and a large number of food items and other souvenirs to purchase as well. There is a restaurant and library on the property as well.

Hours: 

Monday-Saturday: 10am-5pm

Sunday: 11am-5pm

Restaurant and Holiday Hours can be found here. 

Food: The Palladio Restaurant is available for dining. There are also snacks available in the main tasting room. 

Dogs Allowed? Yes


Jefferson Vineyards (Charlottesville, VA)

Jefferson Vineyards, as the name suggests, is the site of a vineyard once owned by founding father Thomas Jefferson almost 250 years ago. It is the site of the first wine company in Virginia. The vineyard was destroyed in 1778, but it was later rebuilt in the 20th century. There is currently no indoor seating permitted, however, there are lovely wildflower gardens nearby where guests can sit and enjoy the many wines that Jefferson Vineyards has to offer. 

Hours: 

Wednesday – Sunday: 11am-6pm

Food: There is currently no indoor food for sale. 

Dogs Allowed? Yes


Blenheim Vineyards (Charlottesville, VA)

Blenheim Vineyards is actually owned by Dave Matthews of Dave Matthews Band fame. He is a native of Charlottesville and has been the owner of the vineyard since 2000. This is a must-see stop for any fan of the band. When I went there, I met a super fan, and it was really fun to see her excitement! There are nice nods to the band and its music throughout the vineyard, including music for sale (naturally), as well as the fact that Dave actually designed the labels for the wine bottles, which is very cool. 

Hours:

Thursday – Sunday: 11am-5:30pm (reservations recommended)

Food: Mini Abundance Box and Dip Platter from Plenty Cville. Guests can also bring their own food. 

Dogs Allowed? Yes


Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards (North Garden, VA)

Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards features gorgeous expansive grounds and views of the surrounding hills and mountains. It is a popular location for weddings, and it is easy to see why. 

Hours: 

Tuesday – Thursday: 11am-5pm

Friday – Sunday: 11am-4:30pm

Food: Specializes in Farm-to-Table dishes from nearby local Virginia farms. Cheese plates, small plates, appetizers, soups, and more. 

Dogs Allowed? Yes, they are allowed outside, however, they are not allowed as part of the Guided Wine Tastings. 



Keswick Vineyards (Keswick, VA)

Keswick Vineyards is another excellent vineyard to visit. I purchased a large number of wines from Keswick because I was so impressed with the taste. The vineyard is also a popular wedding venue. 

Hours: 

Monday – Sunday: 10am-5pm

Food: Contact for availability. 

Dogs Allowed? Contact for more information.


Additional Vineyards Further Afield:

The following wineries are a little further out from Charlottesville. They are all excellent, and they make for great stops either along the way to Charlottesville from the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area or on the way back from Charlottesville.


Glass House Winery (Free Union, VA)

If you are a chocolate and wine lover (who isn’t!), then I highly recommend a stop at the Glass House Winery. It is further away from Charlottesville, but a good stop either driving down to Charlottesville or returning back from the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area. Glass House features chocolate for purchase, as well as chocolate pairings with their dessert wines. They also have a lovely greenhouse to sit and relax in while you enjoy your wine and chocolate. 

Hours: 

Wednesday: 12pm-5:30pm 
Thursday: 12pm-5:30pm
Friday: 12pm-9pm
Saturday: 12pm-8pm
Sunday: 12pm-5:30pm

Food: Outside food is welcome, and cheeses, meats, crackers, chocolates, and tapenades are available for purchase. 

Dogs Allowed? Yes


DuCard Vineyards (Etlan, VA)

DuCard Vineyards has a gorgeous setting with a stream, surrounding hills, and peace and tranquility abounding. Their wines are all fabulous too. When I visited here I never wanted to leave. I just wanted to sit back and soak in the peaceful scenery with a refreshing glass of wine. 

Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 12pm-5pm

Friday: 12pm-9pm

Saturday and Sunday: 12pm-6pm

Food: Outside food is welcome. They also sell baguettes, cheese, sausage, chocolates and more.

Dogs Allowed? Yes

Live Music: Local music on the patio on Saturday afternoons. A full schedule can be found here.


Guided Wine Tours:

One of the best and most relaxing ways to enjoy the many wineries that Charlottesville has to offer is to schedule a guided driving tour of the local vineyards.

These options often include free pick up and drop off directly at your hotel, and they allow you to just sit back and relax while you are driven and guided in comfort to the local wineries. 

Below are some of my favorite options for Wine Tours in Charlottesville: 

Wish Wish Wine Tours. I took several wine tours with Wish Wish Wine Tours during a recent extended weekend trip to Charlottesville and it was a great experience. They offer both wine and beer tours. Each tour visits up to 3 or 4 local wineries, spending several hours at each place, which is more than enough time to enjoy a flight, and sit back and relax. The prices are affordable and it eliminates the stress of planning and driving.


Private Wine Tour via Viator. This is a 5 hour wine tour offered via Viator. It offers a private tour to a local Charlottesville winery of your choice. I have taken many Viator tours over the years, in many different cities, and I have always had a great experience. 


Custom Wine Tour via Viator. This is another 5-hour wine tour offered via Viator. It includes private transportation to 3-4 vineyards of your own choice. It also includes an experienced personal Wine Trail guide and optional lunch. 



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