Hop-On Wine Tour – Monticello

(24 customer reviews)

Hop-on the mini bus to tour 4 great wineries. Visit Blenheim, owned and designed by Dave Matthews. Take in great views, wine, beer, and food at one of the newest venues, Mount Ida Reserve.  Enjoy reds and whites at hidden gem Thatch, and conclude the tour at a Pippin Hill, popular by locals for its food, wine and views.

Day: Saturday
Route: Blenheim, Mount Ida Reserve, Thatch and Pippin Hill
Pick-up: Boar’s Head Inn, Holiday Inn Monticello, OMNI Hotel

Only $79 per person for 5 hours.


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  • 5 hour Charlottesville wine tour in a comfortable mini bus, van or mini van (depending on the number of participants)
  • Barriers installed between driver and guests in all Wish Wish vehicles (see picture for reference)
  • Route: Blenheim – Mount Ida Reserve – Thatch – Pippin Hill.
  • The most affordable wine tour for couples
  • Not intended for groups of 5 and up, who need to book a private tour: lower costs, more flexibility and privacy
  • Tasting fees and gratuity are not included. Tasting fees (paid at the wineries) are on average $10 per person, making it a total of $40 per person for the tour
  • Pick up and drop off locations: Boar’s Head Inn, 200 Ednam Dr @ 10:30 am, Holiday Inn Monticello, 1200 5th St SW @ 10:40 am, OMNI Hotel, 212 Ridge McIntire Rd @ 10:50 am. We’ll pick you up at the lobby, you don’t need to be a hotel guest
  • Want us to drop you off at another address? Add the Take Me Home Service ($12.50) at check-out
  • Free parking, except at Omni (daily rate applies)
  • You decide how to spend your time at the wineries: do a tasting, kick back with a glass of wine, have some food or stroll around
  • Spend approximately 45 minutes per winery. 1 hour stop at the second winery for lunch
  • Customer friendly cancellation policy, see terms and conditions. Optional cancellation extension for even more peace of mind
  • Venues can change due to occasional limited availability. You will be notified ahead of the tour if that is the case
  • Tour may be cancelled if there are less than 4 participants. If so, you will be notified by the Wednesday before your tour. You will receive a full refund, or you can upgrade to a private wine tour (depending on availability)

24 reviews for Hop-On Wine Tour – Monticello

  1. Amanda B.

    Greetings Wish Wish Wine Tours,
    I just wanted to take a moment to write a customer review of our tour this past Sunday. My husband and I were the only two passengers on a Sunday tour with Jonas. First of all, it is GREAT that you are now offering this service. You were easy to find and to reserve online when we were booking our stay in Charlottesville and your pricing/product are a good value for the area. Our driver arrived promptly and was exceedingly courteous. He went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that we had an excellent experience…and we did. Each of the vineyards we visited had a something unique to offer from the others, so we were pleased with the variety and quality of the experience. What an excellent weekend getaway! Also, the lunch that was provided was terrific and very convenient. It would be great if there was time built into the tour to use the lunch as a picnic at one of the vineyards that has a scenic lawn and wine by the glass/bottle. It would have been lovely to have had a picnic at one of the vineyards. Please give our kind regards and appreciation to Jonas. We wish you the best of luck in this endeavor and will happily recommend your services to friends who would enjoy the experience.

    With thanks for a job well done,
    Amanda B.
    Alexandria, VA

  2. Becky Mann

    We had a great time. Richard was a great guide/driver and he knows a lot about wine. Highly recommend!!!

  3. Matt Lewis

    Did the Sunday tour with the g/f and had a blast. Went everywhere, saw everything, drank wine. Fantastic deal for a lot of fun. Highly recommended.

  4. Joann Clack

    My husband, daughter, parents and I joined this Saturday wine tour at the Omni in Charlottesville. The driver met us there and promptly took us to the first winery after giving us a little background. He did this for each winery which was helpful! Our driver was great as he was nearby but not at all in our way during each stop! We enjoyed our tour and would recommend to others!

  5. Kyle Evans

    Richard did a great job as our driver and tour guide. His “inside” knowledge was a great bonus. Had a really good time!!

  6. Kim Bedinger

    Celebrated a friend’s birthday with the wine tour. Melanie was an excellent tour guide and driver. She was fun, spirited, and full of great information for us. I would highly recommend this tour company and will use this service in the future.

  7. Lindsay

    This was a girls weekend trip. Our driver was Seth and he was very nice and a great driver. I like how he would text us 5-10 minutes before we were to be back on the bus so that we had time to finish up what we were doing. I would use this company again. We really enjoyed the tour.

  8. Mary Devlin

    My boyfriend and I spent a wonderful Sunday on a tour with Richard. He was a great driver–very knowledgable about the vineyards we visited/wine in general, and clearly had a great rapport with the vineyard owners. We never felt rushed, nor did we feel like there was too much time designated at each vineyard. I would (and plan to) use this company again in a heartbeat!

  9. Miguel Castro

    My wife and I just completed a Saturday Wine Tour and could not have been happier! Richard was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING at giving us a great history and story behind the wines and wineries, sharing both a sense of history and humor:) His presence at the helm was a great kick start to each of the wineries! The option for Lunch was a great savior of time as well as a Tasty Treat! While others waited for food at Trump, Richard provided us with our pre-ordered lunch and my wife and I got to share a tasty lunch while we drank wine in front of an amazing view! As soon as we returned, my wife and I already started planning our next visit! Thank you for everything, we are excited for our next trip:)

  10. Mary

    We took the “Hop On” wine tour and had a great time, due to a great extent to Roger, our driver. He was charming, patient, and knowledgeable. We had left something on the bus after the tour and Roger went “above and beyond” to return it to us.

  11. A great time!

    My friend and I went on the Hop On tour. We had a wonderful time! Our driver, Richard, was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. We loved most of the wines at each winery. I can’t wait to do it again! I would definitely recommend!

  12. Dan Mader

    Had a great time, and the driver/lecturer was outstanding.

    Only sad that we left a bottle of wine from the Jefferson Winery, which was probably mistakenly picked up by another passenger.

    Anyway….. I would highly recommend to anyone coming your way.

  13. Michelle C

    A friend & I took the Saturday Hop-on Wine Tour with Richard and it was absolutely wonderful. It was a great way to get a taster of the Virginia Wine country which we had never been to before. Richard was very knowledgeable about wine, the area and it’s history along with being very very helpful! The supplied (previously purchased) lunch was great and just the right amount. Bags for glasses and padded overhead storage bins in the van made for no breakage of any purchases. We will definitely recommend this to anyone we know who might visit the C’Ville area.

  14. Julie Carter

    My 3 friends and I took the tour with Richard and it was great! Richard is a wealth of information and tells you the history behind the wineries. We had a wonderful time! We would definitely recommend the tour!

  15. Kelsey

    My friends and I did the Saturday Wine Tour this past weekend. Richard was our driver and he was fabulous. He promptly picked us up from the Holiday Inn and gave us the option of which vineyards to visit first. We loved the historical information he provided at each vineyard and the helpful tips about the different wines and wine cultural of Charlottesville. The sandwiches for purchase associated with the tour were fantastic! At the end of the day, we really appreciated him stopping by the Holiday Inn so we could drop of our bottles of wine and then dropping us off Downtown for dinner. We had a great day!!! Will definitely do again! Richard was wonderful!

  16. Chris irving

    Overall a great trip. Well worth the money. Richard added a quick ‘history lesson’ to winery we visited. Great to know how each winery came about.
    The group we visited with was friendly and fun. Having a driver was great. No need to worry about how many drinks you had or where the next stop was.
    I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in a good tour in Charlottesville.

  17. Lynne Waldo

    My husband and I had a great time on the Saturday wine tour with Richard. I would highly recommend this tour for newbies and experienced wine tasters!

  18. Andrew

    This was an AMAZING experience. We had a blast and will be back soon. (Couple in their twenties)

  19. Akash Gadani

    Great tour. Awesome driver. Perfect timing. Would definitely recommend.

  20. Rachel

    My fiance and I had a fabulous time on our tour with Leslie. Leslie gave us the option of doing all four wineries – or of mixing things up, breweries + wineries. We made the decision to do a combo of both and ended up going to two wineries, a brewery, a cidery, and distillery. Such a good way to see all that Charlottesville had to offer! Thanks, Leslie, for a wonderful time!

  21. Tracy Cordone

    We really enjoyed our tour. Roger is extremely helpful and Ike (our driver) was so accommodating. Very organized company that tries to excel in customer service! Thank you!

  22. Deborah Gleason

    My husband and I were gifted this wine tour and enjoyed every minute of it! Our driver Nick was great – good communication skills, very knowledgeable of wine and the area, kept us on schedule and just an all around fun guy! We packed a backpack cooler with snacks as needed. The weather was a bit damp and chilly but the new friends we made, and the wine we drank, filled us with warmth. Can’t wait to do it again!

  23. Suzanne Trainor

    We had an amazing day with Wish Wish Wine Tour on the Monticello tour! The four chosen wineries were all beautiful & unique in their own way. Our hosts were very friendly & thorough with their knowledge & history of each vineyard . We also had a great driver/host, Nick, who also shared his knowledge of the area and history of Virginia wines. We made great memories of our own and made new friends too! I would highly recommend Wish Wish and look forward to participating again in the near future.

  24. Norine Ripple

    Our recent tour in the Monticello area was absolutely wonderful. Our driver, Brian, made this such an unforgettable experience. He shared his extensive knowledge of the wineries and the area and was so helpful and caring to four ladies “of a certain age!” This truly was an extraordinary tour, made even more fun with Brian our driver. I will certainly recommend this tour, but truly hope that I can return another time.

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