Pippin Hill Farm Winery, Charlottesville

Pippin Hill Farm Winery, Charlottesville

When I was researching our visit to Charlottesville, it quickly became obvious that a trip to one of the many wineries in the region was a must.

Charlottesville’s location on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge mountains, its clay soils, and what Wikipedia calls “humid sub-tropical climate” (which btw I can confirm from experience) make for excellent wine-growing conditions. There are about 75 wineries in the Central Virginia region alone (you can read more about Virginia wines here).

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Fun fact: If you type “Charlottesville winery” into the Google machine, the second hit is “Trump wineries”, which elicited the following reaction from me:

Luckily, there are plenty of great alternative options, and after some additional research, I found what was described as a lovely small winery with a beautiful tasting room sitting atop a hill.

It’s no accident that this place is super popular for weddings, too!

Nestled away in the soft rolling hills, surrounded by endless green and a beautiful garden.

Pippin Hill Farm Winery, Charlottesville - The Copenhagen Tales

Pippin Hill Farm Winery, Charlottesville - The Copenhagen Tales

Pippin Hill Farm Winery, Charlottesville - The Copenhagen Tales Pippin Hill Farm Winery, Charlottesville - The Copenhagen Tales

Tables in the tasting room and on the terrace are only available if you eat there, which we hadn’t really planned, so we just grabbed a blanket and then joined some other wine tasters on the lawn.

The tasting selection included a nice cross-section of their wines. Due to the generous, summery temperatures, we decided to forgo the heavy reds and instead settled on a glass of bubbly rosé.

Pippin Hill Farm Winery, Charlottesville - The Copenhagen Tales

Pippin Hill Farm Winery, Charlottesville - The Copenhagen Tales Pippin Hill Farm Winery, Charlottesville - The Copenhagen Tales

Pippin Hill Farm Winery, Charlottesville - The Copenhagen Tales

We stretched out on the grass, enjoyed the gorgeous view, and sipped our sparkling rosé (which was really nice and crisp with hints of red berries and cherries).

Not a bad place to have a glass of bubbles, if you ask me!

Pippin Hill Farm Winery, Charlottesville - The Copenhagen Tales

Pippin Hill Farm Winery, Charlottesville - The Copenhagen Tales

Have you visited a Virginia vineyard? Trade your stories with me in the comments!


Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards  |   5022 Plank Rd, North Garden, VA 22959  |   pippinhillfarm.com

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6 thoughts on “Pippin Hill Farm Winery, Charlottesville”

  • In the post-August 12th environment, it doesn’t get any less weird to see Charlottesville pop up on my own Copenhagen connections. At least there are no Nazis in this one.

    Pippen Hill is definitely a beautiful spot and big wedding venue. Great view of Heards Mountain, perched above where the Albemarle County Fair was held for many years.

    But if you’re really interested in the region’s wines, you shouldn’t miss Gabriele Rausse Winery, near Monticello. He’s probably contributed more to the creation of the state’s wine industry than any single individual, planting or overseeing the planting of vines all over central Va. (Barboursville and Jefferson, for starters).

    Add Michael Shaps and Pollock to your itinerary and you’ll do pretty well, almost without leaving Albemarle County.

    • Hi Kyle, I will admit I had a bit of a weird feeling heading to Charlottesville after those events, but we didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary while we were in town – although the neo nazis apparently came back for another tiki torch demonstration just days after we’d been there…
      Thanks for your wine touring tips – the Virginia wine scene is really intriguing and certainly worth exploring more on our next visit! :)

      • Sorry, shouldn’t have been so cryptic: Charlottesville was my home for 25 years before moving to Copenhagen. I know Nazis aren’t native, and it’s tragic that the world now knows the place through that association.

        If you stop at Gabriele’s, please tell him I sent you.

        • It must be terrible to have your home town make world news like that – I found Charlottesville to be a totally charming little town – we loved the pedestrian mall, coffee at Grit, and of course bagels at Bodo’s! There might be a post about Charlottesville in the future – some positive PR can’t hurt, right? ;)

  • You can’t beat a good winery! I love trying new wines. And you are right, the weather has been perfect for bubbles and gardens. Hope you are having a great trip!

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