Almost 250 years ago, Thomas Jefferson built his Monticello in our gorgeous town of Charlottesville, Va. Starting as a tobacco plantation, Jefferson’s property soon became a wheat plantation; however, Jefferson always wanted a little more. He had envisioned being surrounded by vineyards and wines, so he took it into his own hands and planted a vineyard. Unfortunately Jefferson was never able to experience his full vision during his life, but now, a few centuries later, his vision has come to life.
The Commonwealth of Virginia is now the 5th largest producer of wine in the United States, which means great wine is much closer than you think! Not only do we now have thousands of acres of vineyards and countless wineries, but the Commonwealth of Virginia has the “Monticello Wine Trail!”
The Monticello Wine trail is a “must-have” experience when visiting the Charlottesville area. This “crown-jewel” of the area truly helps fulfill Jefferson’s vision of “standing shoulder to shoulder with great wines.” Featuring more than 25 boutique wineries, producing high-quality wines at a smaller volume, the Monticello Wine Trail continues to grow as new wineries are established.
Organized by location, the Monticello Wine Trail includes 4 different trails, including the Northern Trail, Eastern Trail, Western Trail, and the Southern Trail. Each trail makes a great path to follow for a day or weekend trip!
The Northern Trail includes Glass House Winery, Grace Estate Winery, Kilaurwen Winery, Mountfair Vineyards, White Hall Vineyards, Stinson Vineyards, and Stone Mountain Vineyards. This trail starts slightly north of Crozet, Virginia and journeys North along the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The Eastern Trail features world renowned Barboursville Vineyards, Burnley Vineyards, Horton Cellars Winery, Keswick Vineyards, and Reynard Florence Vineyard. This trail is centered around the Route 20 and Route 33 intersection in Barboursville, Va.
The Western Trail includes Veritas Vineyard & Winery, Afton Mountain Vineyards, Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery, , Flying Fox Vineyard, King Family Vineyards, Pollak Vineyards, and Veritas Vineyards & Winery. Starting in Crozet, this trail travels southwest toward Afton, Va, featuring beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Finally, the Southern Trail visits Jefferson Vineyards, Blenheim Vineyards, First Colony Winery, Del Fosse Vineyards & Winery, Gabriele Rausse Winery, Lovingston Winery, Democracy Vineyards, Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, Trump Winery, and Virginia Wine Works. This trail begins closest to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and travels south along 29 towards Covesville and Lovingston.
These wine trails remain one of the best kept area secrets, but will soon be discovered by the world. Take advantage of natural beauty and great wine in your town today! No need to travel across the globe, or even country, to get some of the best wine in the world. So, seize the day and have a great experience on the Monticello Wine Trail Today!
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