Holiday Winery Events

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Charlottsville landscape

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, the rush of the holiday season is about to begin. The month leading up to Christmas has always been my favorite time of year. However, it’s easy to get so swept away with preparations and such that we forget to take a little time to ourselves. Have you thought about taking a day to enjoy the beautiful landscape and some of the other beauties of Charlottesville? The area is simply overflowing with stunning wineries – why not take a simple wine tour, or even enjoy some of these wineries’ upcoming events? It seems like nearly every winery in the area is celebrating the holidays in some way. I found a few of the events that looked the most intriguing, and listed them below.

First off, Trump Winery is offering carriage rides!

Vineyard Wonderland: Carriage Rides at Trump Winery

Celebrate the holiday season at Trump Winery! Our picturesque 1,300 acres will be on display for our 1st annual Vineyard Wonderland: Carriage Rides at Trump Winery. A horse-drawn carriage will take you on a scenic journey through our expansive vineyard, making stops for scenic photo opportunities. …
How splendid would it be to ride through Charlottesville’s gorgeous landscape in an open, horse-drawn carriage?  Definitely a relaxing way to escape from the holiday bustle for a few hours. This also is a good family-friendly activity that I’m sure the kids would LOVE.

Or, if you’re looking for something that’s more public, you could always try Prince Michel Winery’s holiday open house:

Holiday Open House

Imagine all your holiday shopping finished, all your packages mailed, and all your holiday decorating dilemmas solved.   We can take you from stressed out to chilled out at the Prince Michel Holiday Open House. …

If you’ve never been to a winery before, this could be a lovely to be introduced.

Another option, particularly if you’re looking for somewhere to take that special someone, would be Keswick Vineyards’ Annual Winemaker’s Dinner.

Annual Winemaker’s Dinner

Join Owners Al and Cindy Schornberg and Winemaker Stephen Barnard for an unforgettable evening of exquisite wine, delicious food and delightful company on Saturday, December 14th from 7pm – 10pm. …

If, however, none of these options appeal to you, perhaps you’d like something a little more lively. You might consider my personal favorite upcoming event – Veritas Winery’s New Year’s Eve masquerade.

Girl wearing a venetian maskThe Masked Ball

Celebrate in style! Join us for wine and hors d’oeuvers followed by a five-course winemaker’s dinner at 8 p.m. in Saddleback Hall. There will be dancing until midnight, when the masks come off and the champagne flows! Breakfast follows at 12:30 a.m. …

That’s right folks – formal attire, dancing, and masks. If you’ve ever wished that you lived in an Austin novel, this is the place for you.

These options are only the ones that I found the most interesting – if they are not what you’d like, here is a listing of dozens of local wineries. Visit their sites for yourself and see what they offer! Why not be adventurous this holiday season and try something new?