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No wonder Thomas Jefferson started making wine at his home Monticello in the 1770s. The eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge and the rolling countryside to the east offer excellent topography, fertile granite-based clay soil and a growing season of over 200 days. This combination yields grapes with a rich and multilayered old world flavor. You’ll find numerous wineries clustered around Charlottesville and to its north, several south of Lynchburg, and a few east and closer to Richmond. You’ll also find plenty to see and do year-round. The Richmond and Petersburg areas offer Civil War battlefields and cultural attractions; Charlottesville, the University of Virginia and a captivating downtown pedestrian mall; Wintergreen, hiking, golf and snow skiing; and Lynchburg, four colleges and the launch site for the annual Batteaux Festival, where crews dressed in period clothing navigate their flat-bottom boats down the James River to Richmond.Central Virginia wineries produce Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Malbec, Merlot, Muscat Canelli, Muscat of Alexandria, Norton, Orange Muscat, Petit Manseng, Petit Verdot, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Rkatsiteli, Sauvignon Blanc, Seyval Blanc, Syrah, Tannat, Touriga Nacional, Traminette, Vidal Blanc, Viognier and Zinfandel.
The Monticello AVA is in the central Piedmont area. The area is nestled along the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains and encompasses the small ridge known as Southwest Mountain. It is historic in that it is home to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, where Jefferson spent years trying to grow European grape varieties.
The Bedford Wine Trail in the Central Virginia region includes 5 vineyards and wineries surrounding Bedford.
The Blue Ridge “Whiskey Wine Loop” provides vacationers and regional residents a convenient and intriguing travel plan through the Northern Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The loop includes recommended visits to numerous remote “treasures” including 7Virginia Wineries, a whiskey distillery, Eateries, and other interesting featured locations along the way.
The Colonial Virginia Wine Trail features 4 wineries and vineyards in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.
From the corners of the County, the 30 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the James River, wine lovers will find 10 award winning wineries with scenic settings and memorable views. From Route 29, you can tour the wineries and taste their wines at Lovingston, Mountain Cove, Democracry and DelFosse Wineries. Along the Route 151 corridor, you’ll find Afton Mountain, Veritas, Cardinal Point, Hill Top Berry Farm and Wintergreen Wineries. All are successful, family owned businesses who encourage you to Explore Nelson Wine.
The Heart of Virginia Wine Trail in Central Virginia presents several events throughout the year at 4 wineries located in the central region of the state.
From Thomas Jefferson's Monticello to Poplar Forest, his retreat home near Lynchburg, this trail follows the Route 29 corridor south of Charlottesville. Rich with history and natural beauty, this new Wine Trail boasts many wineries, a cidery, brewery and distillery, along with many fine dining establishments, antique shops and outdoor recreation opportunities.
The Monticello Wine Trail leads to 24 wineries from its hub in Charlottesville.
Located at the base of the Blue Ridge, Nelson 151 is Main Street for the Rockfish Valley. 7 wineries, 3 breweries, a cidery and a distillery dot the pastoral landscape in the villages along the 151 corridor. Nelson County is the destination for Virginia wine, mead, craft beer, hard cider, spirits, local food and outdoor recreation lovers.
Did you know 22 wineries, a whiskey distillery, incredible restaurants and the highest concentration of B&Bs in the State of Virginia are tucked into the edges of Skyline Drive just below Shenandoah National Park? Skyline Drive is one of the top five scenic drives and best hiking destinations in the U.S. The Skyline Wine Dine & Recline Trail map combines the location of hikes, waterfalls and scenic overlooks in the park with the location of vineyards, restaurants and Inns you'll find in the foothills below.
The SoVA Wine Trail, which those "in the know" refer to as "SoVA" was established in Spring 2009 by an enthusiastic group of grape growers/wine makers with 9 wineries located in Southern Virginia. Southern Virginia is an up-and-coming grape-growing region that hosts a unique and ideal terroir for growing a vast variety of grapes for fine wine making.