Undoubtedly the best way to spend a Saturday in Charlottesville, Va is touring various wineries in the area, savoring delicious local wine while enjoying the unbeatable backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. As two double University of Virginia alums, Charlottesville is one of our favorite places in the world and one that we know very well. In this article, we’ll lay out our top 9 favorite wineries near Charlottesville.
Best Wineries near Charlottesville
We’ve compiled a list of out favorite wineries near Charlottesville, featuring some well-known as well as off the beaten track options. For each winery, we’ve included other wineries, restaurants or breweries in the nearby area to help you plan your winery hopping excursion.
- King Family Vineyard
- Pollak Vineyards
- Afton Mountain Vineyards
- Veritas Vineyards & Winery
- Cardinal Point Winery
- Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard
- Keswick Vineyards
- Barboursville Vineyards
- Glass House Winery
Map of Charlottesville Wineries
The map below displays the location of each of the best wineries near Charlottesville that we’ve included in the article below. As you can see, many of the wineries are clustered near each other.
King Family Vineyard
- Location | 20 minutes west of Charlottesville
- Stops nearby | Pro Re Nata Brewery (5 minutes), Pollack Vineyard (11 minutes), Blue Mountain Brewery (13 minutes)
King Family Vineyard is sprawling vineyard set in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Although King Family is one of the more popular vineyards in the area, there is always plenty of space to spread out across their expansive and perfectly-manicured lawn.
They are well-known for the polo matches held each Sunday (weather permitting) throughout the summer. There is no better way to fight off the Sunday scaries than a tailgate and a few bottles of wine, while enjoying horses speeding past with perfect views of the Blue Ridge in the background.
King Family’s perhaps most popular wine is their Crosé, a light and crisp Rosé, named after the nearby town of Crozet. Bottles of Crosé go down like water on a hot Sunday while watching polo. The Viognier, Roseland (Viogner + Chardonnay blend), and Meritage (red blend) all embody King Family’s dedication to showcasing the beauty of Virginia grapes.
Cardinal Point Winery
- Location | 30 minutes southwest of Charlottesville
- Stops nearby | Afton Mountain Vineyard (11 minutes), Veritas Vineyard and Winery (7 minutes), Blue Mountain Brewery (5 minutes)
Perhaps a bit less scenic than other stops, Cardinal Point is on the list because they do the most important thing better than anyone else – make terrific wine. Tucked away in Rockfish Gap, Cardinal Point is a smaller winery that is too-often overlooked in the Charlottesville wine circuit.
Their Cabernet Franc won the Gold Medal in the 2019 Monticello Cup and cannot be missed. Also try their A6, Quattro, and Hopped Chardonnay for some creative and adventurous whites.
- Location | 30 minutes northeast of Charlottesville
- Stops nearby | Barbeque Exchange (11 minutes), Horton Vineyards (5 minutes)
Barboursville is a must on your Charlottesville wine excursion.
Set on the grounds of the property of James Barbour, a lawyer, governor of Virginia, senator, and Secretary of State under John Quincy Adams, you can still wander through the ruins of his Jefferson-designed mansion that partially burned to the ground on Christmas Day in 1884. At Barboursville, that history is taken seriously and no detail is over-looked.
Their restaurant, Palladio, is perfect for special occasions.
Wine at Barboursville harkens back to the owners’ and winemakers’ Italian heritage. Beyond the typical Virginia varieties, you can also find Barbera, Bebbiolo, Sangiovese, and Vermentino.
For us, a trip to Barboursville is usually preceded by a stop at Barbeque Exchange, one of the best barbeque restaurants in the state. Grab some barbeque, buy some wine, and sit outside enjoying the views.
- Location | 25 minutes west of Charlottesville
- Stops nearby | King Family Vineyards (11 minutes), Veritas Vineyards & Winery (11 minutes)
Another often overlooked gem, Pollack has both picturesque views and top-notch wines. They have a large, wrap-around porch overlooking a pond and the outskirts of the Blue Ridge. Their Viognier is among the best in the area, and one of my personal favorite wines of all time
Glass House Winery
- Location | 26 minutes northwest of Charlottesville
- Stops nearby | Stinson Vineyards (18 minutes)
Glass House is unlike any other vineyard on this list. First, the name gives it away, but the tasting room actually is a glass house filled with tropical plants. It might be a little different vibe than most other vineyards in the area, but it is cool to feel like you are sitting in a tropical oasis.
Second, they have an in-house chocolatier serving the perfect accompaniment to a glass of wine – homemade chocolate. They offer chocolate tastings to pair with either white or red wine, and it is pure heaven.
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
- Location | 20 minutes southwest of Charlottesville
- Stops nearby: Loving Cup Winery (8 minutes), Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie (3 minutes), Albemarle CiderWorks (5 minutes), Woodridge Farm Brewery (16 minutes)
Perched upon the top of a gentle hill, Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards boasts a beautiful tasting room and large veranda with expansive views of the foothills of the Blue Ridge below. The view and ambiance may be the best in the area. Pippin Hill is also known for its exquisite food menu featuring fresh, local, or even vineyard-grown ingredients. This is the perfect place to relax with a bottle of wine and a cheese board.
Be warned, Pippin Hill is very popular and space is limited. If you don’t have a reservation in advance, you’ll likely be turned away before you even make your way up the hill.
- Location | 20 minutes northeast of Charlottesville
- Stops nearby | Castle Hill Cider (6 minutes)
A smaller vineyard, Keswick Vineyards is known for producing smaller batches of high-quality wines. The tasting room is cozy and there is plenty of space outdoors for sipping on a glass. Keswick has a more laid-back vibe and can be a more serene experience than some other vineyards where the hustle and bustle can dampen the experience.
- Location |35 minutes west of Charlottesville
- Stops nearby | Blue Mountain Brewery (10 minutes), Veritas Vineyard (8 minutes), Cardinal Point Winery (10 minutes), King Family (14 minutes)
Afton Mountain’s slogan is, “Grapes don’t grow in ugly places,” and while I can’t confirm that universally, I can confirm it is true at Afton Mountain. One of the more picturesque vineyards in the area, the rows of vines stretching out before the Blue Ridge Mountains is the perfect setting to enjoy a glass of local wine. Afton Mountain is a little out of the way, nestled high in the mountains on windy back roads, but the views along are worth the trip.
Afton Mountain probably has the most inventive indoor/outdoor space of any vineyard. At most places, space gets extremely limited when the weather turns. But at Afton Mountain, they have a large pavilion with picnic tables, comfy leather couches and walls made of large glass windows providing unimpeded views are the surrounding area.
When it’s warm, the walls open up to enjoy the fresh air but can be closed when the temperature takes a dip. If it is cold or raining and you still want the outdoor vineyard experience, Afton Mountain is the place to go.
Veritas Vineyard and Winery
- Location | 30 minutes west of Charlottesville
- Stops nearby | Afton Mountain Vineyards (8 minutes), Blue Mountain Brewery (7 minutes), Cardinal Point Winery (11 minutes)
With an extensive wine list, sprawling lawn, beautiful views, and tasting room menu offering sandwiches, charcuterie and flatbreads, Veritas has it all. The name Veritas is a reference to the quote of Pliny the Elder, “in vino veritas” meaning “in wine, there is truth.” Well the truth is that Veritas is a spot you can’t miss on your Charlottesville wine adventure.
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If you are headed to Charlottesville for a weekend get away, you truly can’t go wrong with any of the wineries on this list. Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain views and delicious wine – it doesn’t get better than that!
Have you been to any of the Charlottesville wineries on this list? Let us know your favorite in the comments below!