Guide to Charlottesville's Route 29 Wine Trail

Explore Wineries Near Charlottesville, Virginia

Katie Church 11917 Article rating: 3.8

The Monticello AVA in Virginia is loaded with great wineries. In fact, there are more than 33 on the Monticello Wine Trail alone. With so many wineries in Virginia, it's hard to know where to start when planning a day trip to Virginia wine country.  Use this guide to help you plan your next excursion. 

Bluestone Vineyard Wins Gold Medal at San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

America's Largest Wine Competition

Emma Holman 6289 Article rating: 5.0

Virginia wines are getting noticed and so is an up and coming winery located in the center of the Shenandoah Valley.

Bluestone Vineyard earned two gold medals in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of American wines. 

Virginia's True to Our Roots Authenticity

Keep'n it Real in Virginia Wine

Scott Elliff 5956 Article rating: 4.0

I can’t believe it’s been 20 years since I first planted vines at our Madison County country property.  This year we at DuCard Vineyards will be celebrating our 10th anniversary as a Virginia farm winery.  Time flies of course.  Back then, the industry was mostly individual entrepreneurs like me – just guys with a few acres wanting to make some great wine and hoping some tourists roaming the countryside would stop in, try it and take some home. 

There are more and more options for local consumers today.  Farm wineries like us, of course, but also other types of wineries. And there are also countless new categories of alcoholic beverages:  cideries, urban microbreweries, ‘farm breweries’ and distilleries.  

The more options, the more challenging it is to differentiate yourself and appeal to a particular ‘niche’ market of some kind.  At DuCard, we have emphasized being a boutique winery. We operate in a ‘green’ and sustainable fashion in a gorgeous mountainside setting.  We offer artisanal, high-quality wines made from grapes grown and lovingly tended and controlled by us and made the old-fashioned way in small quantities that are sold only on-site at our tasting room. 

A Visit to Walsh Family Winery

North Gate Vineyards gets an exciting transformation.

Dan Redding 21732 Article rating: 4.7

With grape tons of enthusiasm and some years of experience under their belts, two Virginia wine young professionals are bringing new life to North Gate Vineyards. 

Since they posted about their opening in March, I have wanted to check out Walsh Family Wine. Vacuuming and laundry were done early and off I went to the wilds of western Loudoun.

There’s a story about this place. It was North Gate Vineyards, but in 2018 the Walshes purchased it and set up shop. What they have done in a short period of time is pretty fantastic. The property is gorgeous, and they’ve created a nice spot to unwind and relax. Most importantly, the wine is good too.


The Dog and Oyster Vineyard - Tasting Notes

Winery of the Hope and Glory Inn, Virginia's Northern Neck

Emma Holman 7261 Article rating: 5.0

It’s hard to drive past the entrance to The Dog & Oyster Vineyard, without knowing immediately it’s a vineyard. After meandering through the charming town of Irvington, and just when you reach the point that you think you’re heading back into the country, you see them. Really, it would be impossible not to see them. In one of the flattest areas in the state stands two 40-foot tall corkscrews silently welcoming you to enter.

Organic Wineries in Virginia

Where to find organic Virginia wine.

Bob Barkwood 17580 Article rating: 3.4

In regions like Virginia, more and more vineyards are becoming conscious of organic wines. Wineries are carefully fine-tuned and improved to reduce the use of synthetic chemicals. This is why the percentage of organic wines from Virginia has increased dramatically in the past few years.

Guide to Dog-Friendly Wineries Near Charlottesville

Beautiful Dog-Friendly Wineries in Central Virginia Wine Country

Peggy Mihelich 18579 Article rating: 3.5

Greetings fellow wine and dog lovers! My co-founder, Jeremy and I recently took a road trip to Charlottesville, VA with our dachshunds Bentley and Greta. Naturally, we used  to discover some dog-friendly wineries in the area. We normally base our choices on dog-friendliness, proximity to other wineries, and Google ratings, all of which our site pulls together.

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