Vineyard Tours & Tastings Spring Wine Events
Getting out to experience the vineyards is easy, as all major roads are marked with the grape “Tours” signs, helping wine lovers Photo Credit: Robin Bethke navigate their way throughout the country roads. Central Virginia is so picturesque that an unplanned detour can be a lovely way to explore a part of the region you may not have discovered otherwise; for those who like to make an itinerary and stick to it, it might be gratifying to know that many scenic drives offer a cluster of vineyards within easy distance of each other. See the Regional Wine Trail map on page 22 to find your way around the Monticello AVA, and see page 42 for some of the areas most sought-out events. We also suggest bringing a picnic to your favorite vineyard to enjoy with wine by-the-glass or a bottle purchased from the tasting room.
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montpelier wine festival May 6 & 7
On the Grounds of James Madison’s Montpelier
A Premier Spring Event For The Whole Family
24 Virginia Wineries Advance Tickets $20 At Gate $25 Private Tents & Tables Available Please Call to Make Reservations
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Wine festivals bring thousands of visitors, who come to taste the variety of flavors, enjoy local music, sample local produce and take in the glorious country views. Many wineries offer tours, barrel and vertical flight tastings, multi-course wine-pairing meals and special events for connoisseurs and novices alike. Keep an eye on CharlottesvilleWelcomeBook.com for upcoming events, like the Annual Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival in April or the ValleyFest Beer & Wine Festival at Massanutten Resort in May.