If you’re planning a trip this year, pick a location with several vineyards in the area. Virginia has emerged as one of the most surprising and interesting wine-producing states, with more than 300 wineries and a reputation for high-quality production.
Virginia has risen to the top echelons of American wine because of its diverse topography, a broad variety of terroirs, and a dedicated grape growing and winemaking culture. In addition to well-known grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot, Virginia also has a slew of lesser-known options like Viognier, Norton, and others, as the state’s tourism slogan puts it.
Visiting a winery is a great way to spend a day, but some are better than others. Several vineyards in the area have crafted a one-of-a-kind luxury experience. Here is the list of the best luxury resort in Virginia wine country;
1. Monticello Wine Trail
The Monticello Wine Trail takes you deep into the heart of Virginia’s wine region. The Monticello Wine Trail is home to the top wineries in Charlottesville, if not the whole state of Virginia. The Monticello Wine Trail has 33 wineries located near the Blue Ridge Mountains. So, if you’re enjoying fine wine, you can be certain that you’ll be surrounded by stunning scenery. On an East Coast road trip, this is a must-stop. Staying at a vineyard bed & breakfast might transform your vacation into an unforgettable romance retreat.
Here are five of the greatest wineries in Charlottesville to add to your shortlist:
- Veritas Winery and Vineyard
- Barboursville Vineyards
- Pippin Hill Farm
- Early Mountain
- Jefferson Vineyard
2. Keswick Hall
As you drive through Keswick Hall, you’ll see vineyards like the three-time Governor’s Cup award-winning Keswick Vineyards and ancient plantations, including the ruins of a plantation that dates back to 1750. From 2019, the resort is fully operational and well-timed to experience the exceptional 2017 Keswick wines.
This winery is run by a family and produces small batches of high-quality wines that highlight the unique terroir of their property. With a concentration on small quantities of high-quality Virginia wines, Keswick Vines keeps things simple in the winery while putting all its energy into the vineyards. All of the present red wines are unfined and unfiltered, and most of the wines are fermented with natural or native yeast. Keswick Vineyards’ wines, although drinkable while young may readily age for five to ten years in the bottle, a testament to the winery’s owners’ and winemaker’s individual preferences.
3. Full Cry Golf Course at Keswick Hall
One of Pete Dye’s final courses, Full Cry, is routinely recognized as one of the greatest. The 18-hole award-winning design incorporates Virginia’s hilly terrain. The Blue Ridge Mountains surround the tough course. Full Cry Golf Course at Keswick Hall is accessible to Keswick Club members and Keswick Hall visitors.
No trip to Keswick Hall is complete without visiting adjacent Barboursville Wineries and Monticello.
The size of Virginia’s wine industry is maybe not equal to California’s but is more than respectable. After morning golf at the award-winning Barboursville Vineyards, which makes a special label for Keswick Hall, you can taste its famous Octagon red wine, named after Monticello’s octagon-shaped drawing-room. Usually, master winemaker Luca Paschina serves cheeses, charcuterie, and vintages from the property’s 900 acres of vines.