This month is the perfect one to visit Charlottesville because April is Virginia Vineyard Month! There is no question that as the weather heats up, people flock to the vineyards to enjoy a cool glass of wine on a warm, sunny patio, and this month is full of events to celebrate Virginia Vineyards!
Of course, there are vineyards all over Virginia, but our area, known as the Monticello Wine Trail, has an abundance of both well-known and off the beaten path spots to enjoy a delicious glass of wine. Plus, springtime in Charlottesville just cannot be beat with the beauty of the trees blooming and the beautiful weather we experience this time of year. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to visit a great city and drink fantastic wine! Cideries are getting in on the celebration as well, so if you enjoy a crisp glass of fine cider, you’re in luck!
Here are some of the events you can find at wineries all over central VA to celebrate Virginia Vineyard month, starting with this upcoming weekend:
Friday, April 7th– Live Music at Glass House Winery– Holly Renee Allen and Erin Lunsford perform live in the glass house, and a food truck will be available on sight, though you may bring your own food! And don’t forget to try their homemade chocolates – they are divine!
Saturday, April 8th– Rosépalooza at Valley Road Vineyards– Two new Rosé varietals will be uncorked to celebrate Virginia Vineyard Month!
Sunday, April 9th– Second Sundays at Albemarle Cider Works– Enjoy an Irish jam session at the cidery by Patrick & Aaron Olwell and Friends. Snacks will be available for purchase but picnics are welcome.
Wednesday, April 12th– Winemakers Dinner at Brasserie Saison– Afton Mountain Vineyards wine along with Michael Shaps’ wine will be served along with each course of Belgian food.
Thursday, April 13th– Monticello Cup Awards– The 2017 Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival begins with the Monticello Cup Awards. Guests will taste gold and silver award-winning wines from the 2017 Monticello Cup Wine Competition.
Thursday, April 13th– Vine and Dine: Jefferson’s Birthday at Trump Winery– A meal inspired by Jefferson’s tastes will be served to celebrate his 247th birthday.
Friday, April 14th – Taste of White Hall Winemakers Dinner- Enjoy a collaborative Spring Wine Dinner celebrating the wines of White Hall. White Hall Vineyards, Stinson Vineyards, and Grace Estate Winery have teamed up with Kitchen Catering to create a night of perfect food and wine pairings!
Saturday, April 15th- Keswick Walking Vineyard Tour- Stephen Barnard, winemaker, will take guests through a walking tour of the vineyard.
Friday, April 21st– Wine and Paint Night at Horton Vineyards– Enjoy a night of painting while sipping on Horton Vineyard’s wines. Tickets include all paint supplies and one glass of wine.
Sunday, April 23rd– Plant Nite at James River Cellars– A floral designer will take you through a creative plant arrangement with all planting supplies included.
Above is just a small sampling of events that will be happening in Charlottesville and the surrounding areas to celebrate Virginia Vineyards this month! You can find more events on any local vineyard’s website to see what they have going on, or explore Virginia Wine’s website and events section.
We hope you’ll celebrate spring and Virginia wine by visiting central Virginia this month and enjoy time sipping and relaxing in the beautiful weather!
Dan, Kathryn and the team at Foxfield Inn.