Vineyard Tours & Tastings
Vineyards Bountiful & Beautiful
Photo credit: Cindy Schornberg of Keswick Vineyards
Thomas Jefferson dreamt that Virginia wines would one day be plentiful and held in high regard, and today’s local vintners have accomplished that by producing wonderful award-winning vino. The Monticello American Viticultural Area (AVA), which includes Albemarle and surrounding counties, encompasses more than half of Virginia’s wine country and contains more than 1,000 acres of stunning vineyards. Vineyards in our Monticello AVA benefit from a natural east-southeast exposure and mild spring temperatures. Now the fifth largest wineproducing state in the country, Virginia has received both national and international acclaim for its wines.
T ours & T astings G uide
More than 30 local vintners offer up tastings from the lightest, lemoniest Pinot Grigio to the deepest, richest Merlot. Varieties special to the Monticello AVA include Cabernet Franc, Norton and Viognier. Cabernet Franc, lighter than a Cabernet Sauvingnon, tends to have peppery aromas with hints of tobacco, plum or violets. The native North American Norton is deeply colored and might have notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Viognier is a white variety that gives off floral or fruity aromas but is typically a dry or slightly off-dry wine. Whatever your palate desires — flowery, fruity, smoky or light — you’re sure to find it here.
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