Grace Estate Winery
Many Charlottesville-area wineries claim rich history, but none date as far back as Grace Estate’s. Owner John Sheffield Grace traces his lineage to the 11th century with Odo, Earl of Aumale, Count of Champagne. Three wine collections are named to honor Grace family ancestors, and grapes to make those wines are grown at the 50-acre Mt. Juliet vineyard. The estate mansion remains the Grace family home and also serves as a venue for elegant events.
- Corn hole sets, picnic tables, and free guest wi-fi.
- Picnicking encouraged
- Reservations for groups of five or more required
King Family Vineyards
Blue Ridge Mountains that seem to rise straight from the verdant fields surrounding King Family Vineyards offer visitors a postcard-worthy view to pair with flights of reds and whites. The expansive lawn is the perfect spot for a pick-up game of soccer or frisbee, and Sundays in spring and summer offer visitors a chance to watch polo matches while picnicking.
- Panoramic views
- Multiple indoor dining areas
- Roseland Polo on Sundays
Knight’s Gambit Vineyard
Wine is a decades-long tradition for the Summers family, who planted over five acres of Petit Verdot, Pinot Grigio, Merlot and Cabernet Franc on the family estate in 2003. A historic farmhouse just steps from the tasting room offer guests rustic comfort for overnight stays.
- Live music in summer months
- Overnight accommodations
- Mountain views
Meriwether Springs Vineyard & Brewery
Can’t decide between wine tasting and beer tasting? Meriwether Springs is your answer. The Charlottesville area’s first combination winery and brewery is set on 40 private acres just minutes from University of Virginia and has a rich history as the original estate of famed explorer Meriwether Lewis. Stroll past one of the original Lewis family springhouses and choose wine or beer tasting in the 5,500-square-foot tasting room.
- The area’s first combination winery and brewery
- Bed and breakfast that sleeps up to 14
- Woodfired pizza
Septenary: The Winery at Seven Oaks Farm
Named for seven towering white oaks that once graced the lawn of the manor house, Seven Oaks Farm is now home to Septenary winery. The 109-acre estate also features 60 acres of fenced pasture for sustainable farming. Guests are invited to stroll the property, enjoying the Blue Ridge Mountain views before or after a tasting.
- Rich history
- Sustainable farming operation
- Adults only
- Reservations required for groups of 6 or more; no groups of more than 10.
Founded by the father/daughter team of Scott and Rachel Stinson, Stinson Vineyards offers small-lot wines with a distinct French influence. Rachel Stinson and her husband, Nathan Vrooman, use traditional French winemaking methods including whole berry fermentation for reds and sur lie aging for whites, emphasizing subtlety and complexity over the power and super-ripeness of West Coast wines.
- Live music series June-September
- Leashed dogs welcome
- Bed and breakfast on site with three-course breakfast