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Charlottesville Wine Route – Jefferson’s Country

Explore wineries in the Monticello area

Our Wine Routes are fully customizable. Want to leave out or add wineries, breweries or cideries? Go for it! You can even create your own route. After booking you’ll receive a link to set your itinerary. Groups 8 and up can tour this route, but should plan on visiting up to 3 venues for 5 hour tours.

Explore Charlottesville Wineries

The Wineries You'll Visit

You can set your pick up location after you book your tour. The Downtown pick up is used as an example to show driving time and distance for this route.

Jefferson Vineyards realizes Thomas Jefferson's dream for making fine Virginia wine. They still grow the majority of their fruit on sites selected by Jefferson in 1774. Their wines won several prices and awards and some believe Jefferson's Viognier is some of the finest this side of Condrieu.

Tastings $10 per person. A souvenir glass is included. Groups of 8 or more are encouraged to make a reservation and prepay for optimum experience. The tasting fee for groups of 8 or more is $15 per person. Large Group Tastings (15 to 50 guests) are available with a reservation ONLY and special pricing. Please call well in advance to schedule Large Group Tastings, 434-977-3042.

Open daily 10am - 6pm.

Website Jefferson Vineyards

Blenheim is situated in the heart of the Monticello Wine Trail. Enjoy the view while sipping award winning white and red wines. The vineyard is owned by artist and performer Dave Matthews, who also designed the tasting room building. On most Saturdays there is a foodtruck.

Open daily 11am-5:30pm.

Tastings $7 per person; $25 per person for groups of 8 or more. For groups 8 and up a reservation is required. Call (434) 293-5366 to make a reservation .

Website Blenheim Vineyards

First Colony offers a homey atmosphere and friendly and knowledgeable pourers. The tasting room offers plenty of food and there’s a nice outside deck that on beautiful days just begs you to stay just a bit longer and to sip just a bit more wine. First Colony’s winemaker Bardford MCCarthy prefers to let the fruit express itself and won several awards in his long career. The 2013 Zephyr and 2013 Rosà won Bronze at the 2015 Virginia Governors Cup.

Open Monday to Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 11am-6pm, Sunday 11am-6pm.

Tastings $7 per person. Fees are waived with 3-bottle purchase

Website First Colony Winery

Taste internationally applauded wine in a no-frills atmosphere. Michael Shaps Wineworks offers a unique wine experience as you can taste both their award-winning Virginia wines and their Premiere Cru Burgundies grown and bottled in France by Michael Shaps.

Open daily 11am to 5pm. Last tasting starts at 4:45pm.

Tastings $10 per person (stemless glass included) for 12 wines. For groups larger than 8 people, please contact Michael Shaps Wineworks to schedule your tasting and tour. Call (434) 296-3438 or send an email to

Website Michael Shaps Wineworks

Feel free to add or leave out wineries, breweries or cideries in the area. You can set your itinerary after you book your tour.

Enjoy a cheese plate, baguette or snack at one of the wineries, bring a picnic, or pre-order a gourmet sandwich, snack and drink of your choice. Your driver will pick up lunch while you're enjoying your tasting. Check out the Gourmet Sandwich Menu.

Driving Specs
29.9 miles
54 min
Tasting Fees
$38 per person
Groups 8+*
$47 per person
*only groups up to 9 at Jefferson

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