In the past decade wineries have flourished in the Charlottesville area, and an increasing number of Dinsmore House guests are partaking in local wines. In addition, the last few years has seen an increasing number of microbreweries pop up.
The Dinsmore House offers several packages for wine enthusiasts including our Wine Lover’s Package, Romance Package and “Bubbles and Berries” package. We also offer free tasting coupons at selected vineyards exclusively to our guests.
We are often asked for our recommended wineries, and we have several favorites. Here’s an itinerary we’d recommend for guests seeking a local wine and microbrew sampling:
First stop, King Family vineyards. Located outside the town of Crozet, the Kings have an idyllic setting with mountain views and even host polo matches on some Sundays.
Then onto Blue Mountain Brewery, located a few miles away. Blue Mountain has beers that are big on flavor, and is a great spot to grab a casual lunch.
The final stop of the countryside jaunt, we love Veritas Vineyards. Boasting perhaps the nicest tasting room in the area, they also have friendly staff and delicious wine flights.
Of course if you want to extend your wine tour to several days, there are more than a dozen other great local vineyards and three other microbreweries to choose from. A few of our favorites are Barboursville Vineyard and Starr Hill Brewery. Check out http://www.monticellowinetrail.com/ for the local vineyard map.