If you missed part one, you can view Wining Around Town Part I via the hyperlink. :)
I started with La Taza then spoke briefly about a favorite of mine, Kind Family Vineyards. I will now get into the guts of the post...
It has recently come to my attention that there is a Monticello Wine Trail! It is an association of 22 wineries and vineyards near Charlottesville, Virginia. My dream weekend series would be to rent a limo and hit every trail. I might need a few aspirin, but I'll get over it. ;)
The NORTHERN Trail includes King Family Vineyards, White Hall Vineyards, Stone Mountain Vineyards and Montfair Vineyards.
I have been to King Family, Montfair and White Hall Vineyards, but I haven't been to Stone Mountain yet. Stinson Winery is also out that direction...
The WESTERN Trail includes Veritas Vineyards & Winery, Afton Mountain Vineyards, Cardinal Point Vineyards & Winery, Wintergreen Winery, Pollak Vineyards and Flying Fox Vineyards.
I am far less familiar with the Western trail. I have only been to Veritas (Starry Nights in the Summer is a great event where you can picnic, drink wine and listen to live music) & Afton Mountain Vineyards. Hunter Smith, whose family owns and operates Afton Mountain Vineyards, just opened Champion Brewing Company in Charlottesville. I am so proud of his accomplishments and wish him much success. Stop by if you're in the area!!!
The EASTERN Trail includes Barboursville Vineyards & Ruins, Burnley Vineyards, Horton Cellars Winery & Keswick Vineyards. Of those, I have been to Barboursville a few time and they have a great Pinot Grigio. I have been to Keswick once and it is beautiful!
The SOUTHERN Trail includes Jefferson Vineyards, Blenheim Vineyards, Trump Vineyards (formerly Kluge Estate Winery & Vineyard), First Colony Winery, DelFosse Vineyards & Sugarleaf Vineyards.
Trump is really nice and I like Fist Colony as well. I have two homes for sale on each side of the vineyard if you're interested. ;) I'm a little partial there...
The NORTHERN gateway has Sweely Estate Winery and Prince Michel which has won a multitude of awards for their wines.
If you're curious, you can check out ALL the Virginia Wineries at http://www.virginiawine.org/wineries as this is only a tip of the iceberg!!!!
I hope you enjoyed the blog and found it informational. Stay safe and always drink responsibly!