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).
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.
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.
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!
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