Easy Escapes: Taste Virginia's Best Wines

Charlottesville’s Monticello Wine Trail highlights what may be the Mid-Atlantic’s best wine. Here are four good reasons to visit the area.

By: Nancy Bauer

Keswick Vineyards

Winemaker Stephen Barnard's bold interpretations of wines not often found locally include Verdejo, Touriga, and Syrah. Barstools line the friendly, relaxed tasting room--visitors are encouraged to sit and stay awhile.


Virginia Wineworks

The industrial, no-frills setting focuses attention on the Old World Bordeaux-style blends and crowd-pleasing box wines from innovative winemaker Michael Shaps. You can add your signature to the graffiti-covered tasting bar.


Veritas Vineyard & Winery

A country-chic tasting room and endless Blue Ridge views set the scene for romance. Pick up a bottle of Scintilla, a brut sparkling wine, and dream away the afternoon in an Adirondack chair overlooking the vineyard.


Arcady Vineyard Wine Tours and B&B

Wine enthusiasts Erika and Chris Goodell specialize in customized, escorted vineyard tours ($145 a person). They also offer rooms and suites with whirlpool tubs and electric fireplaces; a two-night weekend package costs $800 to $855, including a winery tour.


Learn more at Monticello Wine Trail.