Where to Drink

 

HARD CIDER 

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. . 

Bold Rock Cider - Tastings in the Cider Barn in Nellysford and in nearby Crozet at Chiles Peach Orchard. . 

Castle Hill Cider - In Keswick, serves as a cidery and wedding venue.   

Potters Craft Cider - Check out the webpage, because they have had several “pop-up” tastings at places ranging from Greenwood Gourmet Grocery to the Ix Art Park in Charlottesville. 

Blue Toad Cider Pub - Vibrant standalone cider house, with a large outdoor space, serving classic pub food. 

 

CRAFT BEER

 

Crozet 

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.

 

Nelson County

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.

Wood Ridge Farm Brewery - Opened September 2016.

 

Charlottesville

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. Champion opened in 2012. Food trucks often set up court outside the front door.

Three Notch’d Brewing Company - In mid town Charlottesville, relatively new brewery and very popular.

C’ville-ian Brewing Company - Charlottesville's smallest brewery.

Random Row Brewery - In mid town near Three Notch'd Brewery. Opened September 2016.

Waynesboro

Stable Craft Brewing - Enjoy craft beer on a working farm!

Seven Arrows Brewing Company - High quality craft beer in the Shenandoah Valley.

Basic City Beer Company - (Coming soon!)

Scottsville

James River Brewing. Scottsville’s first brewery in a 19th century brick warehouse in 2012. Live music is featured most weekends in the tasting room or beer garden. 

 

THE HARD STUFF  

Silverback Distillery - This “earth-friendly” distillery is called “100 percent grain to glass.” 

Virginia Distillery Company - What they make here is American Single-Malt Whisky, fired in authentic copper stills. 

Vitae Spirits. Stop by to take a 45-minute tour of Charlottesville’s new small-scale working distillery. Platinum and Golden rums. They make their spirits from a 250-gallon custom-built copper pot still. 

 

VINES AND WINES

 

Crozet

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.  

Pollak Vineyards - This winery is located in Greenwood between Crozet and Afton. Beautiful mountain views and great wine.

 

Nelson County

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.

See also: Cardinal Point, Flying Fox, Hill Top Berry Farm,& Valley Road Vineyards

 

Near Monticello

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. 

Trump Winery - Eric Trump is in charge of the winery, located near Monticello. 

Blenheim Vineyards - This family-operated Albemarle County winery was established by Grammy Award winner Dave Matthews in 2000.  

See also: First Colony, Wineworks, Prince Michel at Carter Mountain, Thistle Gate

 

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. 

Delfosse Vineyards and Winery - Visitors are welcome to picnic by the lake or bike and hike the trails through the 330-acre property. 

See also: Loving Cup, Wisdom Oak

 

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. 

See also: Stone Mountain, Moss, Kilaurwen

Near Montpelier

Barboursville, Early Mountain, Horton, Burnley, Chestnut Oak, and Reynard Florence

NOTES

Transportation - Most of our guests drive themselves between winery and vineyard destinations, focusing on a few that are close enough together to keep travel time limited. 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.