Jefferson’s Vineyard is a beautiful, picturesque winery currently offering ten different wines (listed here), and a number of friendly, informative, and helpful staff! The location is also fabulous, as it is nested in between Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, and Ash Lawn-Highland, the home of James Monroe. If you wish to take a visit, the address is right here!
1353 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
Jefferson’s Vineyard is a historic winery dating back to 1773, founded by an Italian man named Filippo Mazzei. Thomas Jefferson encouraged Filippo to be his neighbor, and gave him the land where the vineyard is located today. Thomas Jefferson also encouraged him to form the Virginia Wine Company, which is what helped to start the making of wine in the commonwealth of Virginia. From then on, the property experienced many changes and historical events that can be read about here.
The tasting room is a rustic, beautifully designed room, that was originally a horse stable, with multiple spots to taste and plenty of space to show off the wine made at the vineyards. A tasting costs $12, and includes a
souvenir glass. You taste nine wines in total, and extremely helpful staff tell you everything there is to know about the specific wine you are drinking. One of the staff members was even kind enough to share a small amount of dark chocolate with us, because he believed the Petit Verdot we were trying paired well with it. Dark chocolate did, most certainly pair well with the Petit Verdot we were consuming. Wine and various other items are of course available to purchase a reasonable prices once the tasting has finished.
My favorite wine of the tasting was their Cabernet Franc. The Cabernet Franc was a delightful 2015 vintage with a deep red color, and a beautiful taste that would have paired well with meats such as lamb, ham, or hare. The extremely fragrant aromas this delectable wine produced included hints of clove, cherry, and vanilla; yet taste wise it finished with cranberry and raspberry. I may be a little biased when I say this wine was my favorite, because those are my favorite aromas and flavors. Other notable wines that I tried during my visit, but did not impress me enough to elaborate on them were their Vin Rouge, and Rosé. Overall I highly recommend visiting Jefferson’s Vineyard, because the wine is great, the grounds are beautiful, the people are fantastic and the atmosphere is out of this world. The staff at Jefferson’s Vineyard are experts at hospitality, and are there to please you. You will not be disappointed!
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