There are places you visit and enjoy and then there are places like Barboursville Vineyards that you fall in love with from the first sight. Was it the perfectly manicured grounds and pastoral views of the Piedmont that instantly transport you to Tuscany? Or, some of the most elegant wines in the region deeply rooted in heritage and tradition? Or better yet, the warm hospitality combined with a prospect of quaint cottage lodgings and exquisite fine dining? You get the picture, I justifiably fell for Barboursville hard.
Barboursville Vineyards is one of the oldest properties as well as wineries in Virginia. Located 20 minutes outside Charlottesville, it was homestead of former Virginia governor James Barbour. His home, which sadly burned in a Christmas fire in 1884 but still adorns the winery grounds, was designed by his dear friend and neighbor Thomas Jefferson. In 1976 the Zonin family of Italy acquired the estate to create Barboursville Vineyards. They were the first in the state to plant and successfully establish the revered vitis vinifera vines.
Currently, you can taste between 16 and 20 of the winery’s best vintages including Chardonnay, Barbera, Malvaxia, Pinot Grigio, and Sparkling Brut. You can also pair light fare with your wines or enjoy a la carte menu at the Palladio Restaurant featuring locally-sourced produce. I have not done this, but you can also spend the night at 1804 Inn & Cottages right on property. They offer a complimentary breakfast, a bottle of Barboursville wine, a cheese plate and a free tasting at the winery. With proximity to Charlottesville, numerous wineries as well as scenic hikes in the area, I imagine this would make for an idyllic weekend trip from Washington, D.C.. I hope you enjoy the visual tour of the winery below. If you know of other picturesque spots I should visit in Virginia, please do let me know in comments!
Stay inspired, my beautiful friends!
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