Boasting dozens of vineyards, breweries, cideries and distilleries with beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia’s wine country is the perfect destination for day trips and entertaining afternoons. But, why not make it a weekend getaway and stay vineyard side? There are many vineyards across the state that offer overnight lodging accommodations for extending your excursion into an entire weekend of local food, drinks and exploring. Check out these five Charlottesville-area vineyards on the lovely <a href=”https://monticellowinetrail.com/”><strong>Monticello Wine Trail</strong></a>.</p>
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AFTON MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS COTTAGES & GUEST HOUSE
Just about a 30-minute drive from Charlottesville and a scenic 20-minute drive from Staunton, Afton Mountain Vineyards’s 26 acres are located on the sunrise side of the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, creating a stunning view to enjoy while sipping wine. This beautiful site is truly living history, as the vines were planted all the way back in 1978 and have continued to produce sought-after wine. While there, visit the spacious Tasting Room and Pavillion, or bask in the sunlight on the lawn and the patio for a nice and relaxing day in Virginia wine country.
An overnight stay in Afton Mountain Vineyards’s Guest House also provides captivating mountain views. It’s as if you are on a vacation without having to leave the state. The Guest House offers two bedrooms, a huge kitchen, a living room and a fireplace, all within strolling distance to the Tasting Room. Or, stay in one of the Vintage Cottages, named after the Barrel Cooperages they use in the winery. These charming living arrangements include one bedroom each and have a gorgeous view of the wildflower meadow. You can even bring your pup pal, as some options are pet-friendly.
In the Tasting Room, you can set up a private tasting with helpful staff, learn more about Virginia wine and then purchase a bottle or glass to enjoy out on the patio or in the Pavillion. Afton Mountain Vineyards’s wine list includes something for every palate, from Merlot and Tannat to Bacco, Rosé and a Chardonnay Estate Reserve.
ACCOMMODATIONS AT BARBOURSVILLE VINEYARDS
Just a 30-minute drive from Charlottesville, Barboursville Vineyards offers a tasting room, wine “library” with unique and vintage wines, an upscale fine dining Italian restaurant known as Palladio and an inn with both suites and cottages. There is no shortage of award-winning wines to taste here and visitors can even enjoy a guided tour of the winery on the weekends. So, make the most of your visit and stay the weekend for the ultimate wine country experience at Barboursville Vineyards on the Monticello Wine Trail.
Rest and relax in one of two accommodation options that the vineyard has to offer. The three suites in the 1804 Inn overlook the governor’s mansion and comes with a complimentary full breakfast, bottle of wine and tastings at the Tuscan Tasting Room. The six Vineyard Cottages offer the same amenities and overlook some of the vineyard’s 185 acres of vines. Each suite is named after one of the wines crafted here, and is decorated and designed to evoke the rich history of the area with all the comforts of the 21st century.
The on-site Palladio restaurant provides an outstanding culinary experience that matches the care put into their wine cultivation and selection. Serving lunch Wednesday through Sunday and dinner on Fridays and Saturdays, Palladio’s Executive Chef Michael Clough uses simple ingredients from the vineyard’s garden or local farms to create elegant, Italian dishes designed to pair perfectly with a specific wine. Clough also offers cooking classes at the restaurant for culinary enthusiasts.
In the Tuscan Tasting Room, which is open every day, wine lovers can taste a broad selection of wines, including Octagon—a red that has won a Gold Medal in the 2020 Virginia Governor’s Cup competition and a Double Gold Medal in the 2019 San Francisco International Wine Competition. Barboursville Vineyards’s exclusive tasting room, Library 1821, also matches wines with culinary pairings and is designed to look like a historic library that showcases documents like a letter by President John Quincy Adams.
GUEST COTTAGE AT EARLY MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS
Located just 45 minutes from downtown Charlottesville in Madison, the beautiful Early Mountain Vineyards feature over 55 acres under vine, a breathtaking tasting room and acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant, and a whimsical cabin that is perfect for a romantic getaway. No matter the season, Early Mountain’s tasting room offers both cozy indoor and outdoor seating with amazing mountain views and welcoming fireplaces.
If you stay the night in Early Mountain’s charming and quaint cottage, you’ll be nestled next to the front block of grapevines and below the historic hilltop barn. Although it fits four people with a king bed and pull-out sofa, the cottage is perfect for a couple looking to unwind and spend a weekend admiring the mountains with a glass of wine in-hand. The cottage features a small front porch and back patio, and has a kitchenette, cable TV, indoor fireplace and HVAC.
In the tasting room, sample dozens of different wines by either the bottle or glass, or try multiple at once with a flight. Famed wine critic James Suckling named Early Mountain’s Eluvium 2015 to his “Top 100 American Wine” list, and their Rosé was even featured recently on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
The vineyard’s restaurant offers small and large plates, prepared by Executive Chef Tim Moore who was raised in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Moore offers a full menu with seasonal and local ingredients that visitors can access in the tasting room, such as bread from Albemarle Baking Company.
STAY AT STINSON VINEYARDS
Closest to Charlottesville in beautiful Crozet is Stinson Vineyards, a small-batch winery with French influences. The owners, the Stinsons, also own and run Ankida Ridge Vineyards to the south in Amherst. Stinson is home to seven acres of vines, a welcoming tasting room and a gorgeous inn where guests can enjoy a fresh, hot breakfast. The expansive 12-acre property that surrounds the Inn greets guests each morning with its quaint solitude and stunning panoramic views. On a warm day, overnight guests can also take a dip in the seasonal pool or sip a glass of wine on the wooden patio deck.
Although Stinson Vineyards does not have a full restaurant, those staying at the Inn can enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast after a good night’s sleep in one of four beautiful rooms. The Inn offers three suites all designed for couples and one cottage-style room with an extra daybed. Each is custom-designed and decorated with modern amenities and private baths, exuding the epitome of Southern hospitality and European luxury. The Inn at Stinson also offers breathtaking mountain and vineyard views, as well as a common room with a large fireplace perfect for guests to relax and sip wine on cooler evenings.
In the tasting room, wine lovers can enjoy both bottle service and wine flights to taste many of the vineyard’s European-style, subtle wines. The tasting room also doubles as a petit farm store, offering grass-fed beef, farm-raised pork and chicken, free-range organic eggs, local produce and garden fresh herbs. Stinson is also dog-friendly, so guests are welcome to bring their furry friends for the day. See more of the Inn at Stinson Vineyards here.
THE FARMHOUSE AT VERITAS VINEYARD & WINERY
Only a little over 20 miles from Charlottesville, Veritas Vineyard & Winery in Afton has been growing grapes and crafting wines for over 20 years on 50 acres of land amongst the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Come taste wines on the terrace and spend the night in their charming farmhouse with a four-course dinner paired with speciality wines.
For an overnight trip, Veritas Vineyard & Winery offers many wonderful accommodation options, including seven spacious rooms or a two-bedroom barn cottage. The rooms all offer king or queen beds and walk-in closets, flat screen televisions and wi-fi. The cottage is perfect for a small family wanting to get away, and it includes a kitchen, fireplace and complimentary wine hour and breakfast. All accommodations are decorated with a blend of traditional English and a modern American flair.
For an elegant evening, guests can make a dinner reservation at the Farmhouse Restaurant, open Wednesdays through Sundays after 6:30 p.m. Executive Chef Daniel Zbeigen aims to create a simple, yet special, four-course menu with local, fresh ingredients that are each paired with one of their wines. The Farmhouse makes for a great date night with both cozy indoor and outdoor seating that overlooks the mountains.
Aside from the restaurant and tasting room, visitors, and their dogs on leashes, can enjoy a variety of wines on their terrace or in a special “pop-up” picnic area. Eight of Veritas’s wines won silver awards in the Virginia Governor’s Cup in 2020, and their Petit Verdot took home the Monticello Cup in 2018.
With so many wineries and vineyards in Virginia wine country, Charlottesville’s surrounding areas are a must-visit for wine lovers and couples looking to get away and experience country living. We hope this list of Wineries with Lodging in Central Virginia inspires you. For even more vineyards to consider, see our Food & Drink page. And, for more Virginia travel ideas and inspiration, see our Experiences page. ~
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