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5 Albemarle County Wineries That are Worth the Visit

It’s just a short drive outside of Charlottesville to the beautiful countryside in Albemarle County, Virginia. This area is known for its vineyards, which is why the Charlottesville region has been named “The Best New Place to Drink Wine” by Life magazine and “Top 100 Best Places to Live” by Livability.

Albemarle County’s vineyards are all worth a visit, but these 5 are the ones you should consider making a special trip to experience.

1. Jefferson Vineyards

Location: Charlottesville, Virginia

Tasting Room Hours: 11 AM – 6 PM daily

You may know that Charlottesville is home to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, but you may not know that Charlottesville is the “birthplace of American wine” because of this former president.

Many of Virginia’s wineries are located in the Monticello American Viticultural Area around Charlottesville, with Jefferson Vineyards being one worth a special visit. Jefferson Vineyards has 4 vineyards that grow a variety of grapes — including Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

2. White Hall Vineyards

grapes for white wineLocation: Crozet, Virginia

Tasting Room Hours: 11 AM – 5 PM Wednesday through Sunday

White Hall Vineyards is a top choice for a romantic destination with its incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It has won the prestigious Governor’s Cup two years in a row.

3. King Family Vineyards

Location: Crozet, Virginia

Tasting Room Hours: 10 AM – 5 PM Thursday through Tuesday, 10 AM – 8:30 PM Wednesday

King Family Vineyards spans 31 acres and produces wine from the best grapes in the Monticello American Viticulture Area. Be sure to stay at the vineyards after your wine tasting to watch polo matches on Sundays.

4. Keswick Vineyards

Location: Keswick, Virginia

Tasting Room Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM daily

a person holding an empty wine glassIn addition to the coveted Governor’s Cup, Keswick Vineyards has produced wines that have earned the gold at the San Diego International Wine Competition, Monticello Cup Wine Competition, Indy International Wine Competition, and more.

This winery is located in Keswick, known for its grand country estate communities such as Keswick Estate.

5. First Colony Winery

Location: Charlottesville, Virginia

Tasting Room Hours: 10 AM – 6 PM Monday through Friday, 11 AM – 6 PM Saturday through Sunday

A tour of this winery can take you back through time. First Colony Winery is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Charlottesville and resembles a European estate, from the thatched roof of the processing building to acres of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Vidal Blanc, and other grape varieties.

Make the Move to Virginia Wine Country

wood fence, pasture, and cows in virginiaCharlottesville and Albemarle County are at the heart of wine country, and there are many communities in this area that place you close to your favorite vineyards.

Explore the luxury farm and estate neighborhoods or call us at (434) 296-9860. We can help you find the best home in this sought-after area.