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.
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.
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.