Wine and Dine
Here are some suggestions for local places to eat and drink in Charlottesville and Crozet.
Green House Coffee - Sandwiches, soups and salads.
Morsel Compass - Creative tacos
Greenwood Gourmet Grocery - Excellent deli sandwiches to grab on your way to a vineyard.
Fardowners Pub - Local food. Local craft beer. Local music. Local vibe. Also great for lunch.
Restoration - Large stone patio with golf course and mountain views. Pet friendly.
Smoked Kitchen and Tap and The Rooftop - Two great dining experiences in one building.
Waylands Crossing Tavern - Oysters and Irish Pub Style
Crozet Pizza - Locally famous pizza, local craft beer.
Sway Taphouse and Grill - Southern comfort food, large selection of beer on tap.
Duners - Upscale casual.
The Ivy Inn Restaurant - Fine dining.
The Old Mill Room - Fine Dining at the Boars Head Inn.
The Belmont District
The Local - Locavore cuisine.
Mas – Popular tapas restaurant.
Tavola - Simple yet stylish bistro serving classic Italian dishes & wines.
La Taza - Cozy cafe with a patio serving casual Latin-American eats plus coffee, cocktails.
Mid Town Charlottesville
Shebeen Pub and Braai - South African Cuisine
Maya Restaurant - Locally sourced Southern fare.
Bella's Restaurant - Cozy Italian eatery.
Orzo Kitchen - Mediterranean fare.
Historic Downtown Charlottesville
The Bebedero - Authentic Mexican cuisine and cocktails.
The Fitzroy - Comforting classics, local craft beer and cocktails.
Citizen Burger - Gorumet hamburgers & many craft beers.
Bang - Asian-inspired tapas & inventive martinis.
The Alley Light - Speakeasy style
The Whiskey Jar - Whiskey heaven and food.
Fellini's - Italian eatery
Petit Pois - French dishes paired with wine in cute bistro quarters.
Zocalo - Tastes of Spain, Mexico & South America
Red Pump Kitchen - Tuscan cuisine.
Commonwealth Restaurant - New American fare and rooftop bar
Tempo - Upscale, locavore French-American fusion spot.
The Downtown Grille - American fine dining.
Hamiltons at 1st and Main - Contemporary American fine dining.
The C & O - Fine Dining. French cuisine.
Bizou - Casual bistro diner featuring upscale down-home cooking.
Fleurie - Fine dining. Modern French Cuisine.
Michie Tavern - Fried Chicken Buffet Lunch.
Salt Artisan Market - Selling artisan sandwiches, cheese, beverages.
Starr Hill Brewery. One of the originals and 21 beer festival awards. Newly revamped tap room in nearby Crozet.
Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery - The latest Crozet brewery with live music frequently and a food truck. Very pet friendly.
Blue Mountain Brewery - Hops for this brewery are grown on site. Great gourmet pizza and full restaurant.
Devils Backbone Brewing Company - This Nelson County brewery has won awards ranging from the Small Brewing Company medal to World Beer Cup Champion Brewer. Beer garden and many food options on the grounds.
Wild Wolf Brewing Company - Nelson County gastropub brewery opened in an old schoolhouse Rockfish Valley Highway in Nellysford. The restaurant menu includes gluten-free options. Dogs are welcome in the outdoor biergarten.
South Street Brewery - Downtown Charlottesville in a historic building that served as a grain warehouse in the 1800s.
Champion Brewing Company - Tap room two blocks off the Downtown Mall.
Three Notch’d Brewing Company - Mid town Charlottesville.
Random Row Brewery - Mid town Charlottesville
Albemarle CiderWorks - This family-run cidery and tasting room in North Garden offers samples of seven traditional American hard ciders made from local vintage apples. .
Silverback Distillery - This “earth-friendly” distillery is called “100 percent grain to glass.”
Ragged Branch - Specializing in bourbon. No pet friendly.
VINES AND WINES
(just a taste of our favorites!)
Stinson Vineyards - This family-run winery opened in 2011 at 4744 Sugar Hollow Road in Crozet.
White Hall Vineyards - 45-acre winery near White Hall was the winner of the Governor’s Cup twice.
Grace Estate Winery - This well-established winery in Crozet provided grapes for other Virginia wineries for more than 13 years. Today, it makes its own wines from 14 varietals grown on the site.
Knight's Gambit Vineyard - More than five acres of Petit Verdot, Pinot Grigio, Merlot and Cabernet Franc are here at this winery on Lake Albemarle Road. The vineyard is operated by Paul Summers, the grandson of two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Faulkner.
King Family Vineyards - Winner of the 2010 Governor’s Cup, this scenic winery in Crozet produces about 10,000 cases of wine a year. Outdoor seating on the covered veranda or brick patio with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The vineyard also is well known for hosting polo matches on Sunday mornings from Memorial Day through mid-October.
Veritas Vineyard & Winery - Very popular winery with beautiful grounds and large tasting room.
Afton Mountain Vineyards - Quiet and secluded winery not far from the bustling Veritas grounds.
Jefferson Vineyards - One of Albemarle’s oldest wineries is on Route 53 between Monticello and Highland, the area where Thomas Jefferson and his friend Filippo Mazzei, an Italian viticulturist, once experimented with growing wine grapes.
Blenheim Vineyards - This family-operated Albemarle County winery was established by Grammy Award winner Dave Matthews in 2000.
South of Charlottesville
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards - This boutique winery is known for its signature vineyard-to-table cuisine. With a culinary director as well as a wine consultant, Lynn Easton and her husband, Dean Andrews, offer wine flights, along with a food-pairing menu.
To The North
Glass House Winery - While the winery makes Pinot Gris and Viognier, the owners also offer Megilo del Sesso, a dessert wine made with Norton grapes and chocolate. The couple also built a glass conservatory onto the tasting room, turning the Free Union shop into a tropical picnic area.
Transportation - Most of our guests drive themselves between winery and vineyard destinations. If you have a GPS system on your phone or in your car, you should have no problems locating each winery. If you are with a large group or are unsure if you will successfully be able to mix wine tasting with country roads, we suggest that you contact a driving service such as Top Shelf Transportation, Norms Transportation, Camryn Limo, A&A Limo, or Blue Ridge Wine Excursions.
Food - All tasting rooms offer a selection of cheeses, crackers, cured meats etc from their refrigerators. You may also want to stop in at a local deli such as Greenwood Gourmet Grocery for sandwiches or salads to go for a picnic at the winery. All wineries encourage you to bring your own picnic lunch or dinner.
Pets - All wineries are pet friendly in their outdoor seating areas. Some will allow pets inside the tasting room as well.