Summer Done Right: Explore. Taste. Save in Virginia’s Wine Country
Memorial Day is just around the corner: a day to pay tribute to all those that have honorably fought for our many freedoms. We
Americans will celebrate the sacrifices of these brave men and women the best way we know how, by drinking, eating, and chillin’ in a lawn chair. A hammock if you’re lucky. On a boat if you have amazing friends.
This holiday, as we know, also ushers in the summer season. Here at Virginia Wine Pass, we have a plan for you to spend your summer the way you ought to: exploring the best of Virginia Wine Country, tasting award winning varietals, and saving some green along the way.
Over the next many weeks, we’ll be sharing itineraries ideal for summer weekend getaways. So, gather up your friends, pack up the car, and make sure your Virginia Wine Pass is close at hand.
Travel tip: reserve room in your truck for a few cases of the finest Virginia wine; there’s no way you’re leaving these tasting rooms empty handed!
Explore. Taste. Save in Charlottesville:
Where to stay:
Located in Faber, Virginia, DelFosse Vineyards & Winery is near Charlottesville and Jefferson’s Monticello. Its rural setting offers the serenity – and the wine – that only Central Virginia can provide. Relax and have a quiet picnic by the lake or take a hike or a bike ride on the 5 1/2 miles of trails surrounding the winery.
DelFosse Vineyards and Winery is also pleased to offer the rental of its historic chestnut log cabin, a 100 plus year old cabin which was fully restored, inside and out, in 2005, that was initially used as the tasting room for the winery. The Log Cabin overlooks the lake, the terraced vineyards and the winery and serves as the perfect weekend or week long getaway.
Where to taste:
The following wineries are all within a half hour of downtown Charlottesville, and all will offer you, and your guest, a great deal when you flash your Virginia Wine Pass in their tasting room. These wineries are as different and as spectacular as the wine they serve, and each needs to be experienced. So, pick a designated driver (not it!) and enjoy your tour of these Charlottesville area wineries:
22Brix is a unique and exciting new wine room located in the heart of downtown Charlottesville, and is the remote tasting room for ANKIDA RIDGE VINEYARDS.
Virginia Wine Pass members receive: 10% off bottle purchases (Avg. savings: $2.50/bottle; savings applies to both member and guest)
Virginia Wine Pass members receive: 15% off the purchase of 3 or more bottles (Avg. savings: $12 for every 3 bottles; savings applies to both member and guest)
Located in gorgeous Nelson County, Democracy Vineyards’ features an architecturally dramatic tasting room. Once a vibrant apple operation, six varieties of grapes are now under cultivation. Destined to be a true Virginia Farm winery, Democracy Vineyards features a growing number of award winning wines.
Virginia Wine Pass members receive: $1 tasting for two + complementary wine glasses ($18 savings)
Grace Estate Winery is located near White Hall, Virginia, 14 miles west of Charlottesville in Albemarle County. All Grace Estate wines are made from grapes grown on site at Mount Juliet Farm
Virginia Wine Pass members receive: half off tastings (.$5 Savings)
Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery is a second generation family farm located in beautiful Nelson County. Hill Top specializes in award winning “True to the Fruit” wines made from various fruits other than grapes. Hill Top is also a meadery which recreates historical honey meads in the styles once enjoyed by ancient cultures such as the Vikings, Anglo Saxons, Celts, Egyptians and Romans.
Virginia Wine Pass members receive: Complementary tasting for two ($8 savings)
Keswick Vineyards is a 400 acre winery built on Edgewood Estate, a property rich with history dating to 1727. Their award winning wines are produced from the highest quality fruit which is then hand-picked and hand sorted. Keswick’s tasting room is reminiscent of a grand horse-country barn with stunning views.
Virginia Wine Pass members receive: $5 off any purchase ($10 savings for member and guest)
Kilaurwen is a small, but passionate, artisan winery nestled in the eastern slope Blue Ridge foothills and boasting 360 gorgeous mountain views.
Virginia Wine Pass members receive: Complementary tasting for two + free wine glasses ($20 savings)
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