Thatch Winery – I was eager to visit Thatch because it was formally First Colony Winery. They recently renovated their loft and extended their back porch. Their tasting room and facilities are gorgeous and we loved hanging out in the loft playing with their giant scrabble board and enjoying our picnic. They have three tasting options, the standard tasting is $9 for seven wines, the reserve tasting is $8 for three wines or the full tasting for $15. If you are a Virginia Wine Pass member you get buy one get one tastings (cost of second tasting waived with the purchase of three or more bottles! Hello… buy three bottles!!!) Thatch produces about 3,000 cases and has 16 acres under vine. Our favorite was their Rosé ~ it is super bright with strawberry notes.
Wisdom Oak Winery – This is our new FAVORITE winery in Charlottesville and we cannot wait to go back. First off, their hospitality was amazing. I had called ahead because we were visiting during a day their tasting room was closed and they graciously opened for us to taste their wine. Wisdom Oak is family owned and operated. Jason is the winemaker and tends to the vineyard and Laura runs the tasting room as well as their wine club. They produce about 1,200 cases but plan on making 4,000 in the next three years. We loved so many of their wines but our favorites were their Sauvignon Blanc, Petit Manseng and their Rosé . I feel like Petit Manseng is the new white of VA and Wisdom Oak nailed it. It is steel aged which makes it clean and crisp ~ you pick up notes of floral and pear. Their tasting is $9 for ~seven wines. If you are a Virginia Wine Pass Member you get 5% off bottle purchases! You have to go visit Jason and Laura!
I hope that you check out the Virginia Wine Pass to see if this is something that will help save you $ while visiting local wineries! Lots more posts to come… make sure you are following my insta ~ @sipsandtripswithpaige to follow my wine visits in real time! Cheers, Paige