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Jefferson Vineyards Tours

Jefferson Vineyards
A visit to Virginia’s wine country is a trip back in time to when Thomas Jefferson planted the seeds of America’s first vineyards. Jefferson Vineyards, wanting to continue the Founding Father’s dream of wine in the region, offers visitors a rustic spot to sip chardonnay, meritage, and petit verdot while taking in Virginia’s lush landscape.

The Basics
The historic location of Jefferson Vineyards, just 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) south of the historic Monticello estate, offers guests a well-rounded experience to learn about American history and Virginia wine. See how Jefferson and Italian viticulturist Filippo Mazzei imagined the state’s vineyards as you tour the winery, taste its varietals, and admire the beautiful views of Monticello and beyond. You can also hop on a private tour of the Monticello Wine Trail to explore other wineries in the Charlottesville region and learn how the unique climate of Virginia affects the wines. If traveling independently, you can spend the day exploring Jefferson Vineyards and other wineries along the Monticello Wine Trail, or visit Monticello itself and the University of Virginia.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Jefferson Vineyards is a must-visit for American history buffs and wine lovers.
  • Wine tastings are available for a small fee and come with a souvenir glass.
  • Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grassy hillside.
  • The vineyards are wheelchair accessible and family friendly.

How to Get There
Jefferson Vineyards, located on the eastern side of Monticello, is a 10-minute drive from Charlottesville. If you’re coming from farther afield, take Route 29 from Washington DC or I-64 from Richmond. The Monticello Wine Trail is accessible only by car or organized charter bus.

When to Get There
The vineyards are open daily from 11am to 6:15pm; see the website for seasonal closures. Fall is the best time to visit Virginia, when the weather is crisp and the trees explode in hues of yellow, orange, and red.

The History of Jefferson Vineyards
Convinced by other Founding Fathers, Filippo Mazzei ventured across the Atlantic with European vines to plants America’s first winery on lands donated by Thomas Jefferson. The two neighbors aspired to produce some of the world’s greatest wines in the New World. When the American Revolution began in 1776, Mazzei enlisted as a private with the colonists—and soon after, wine production seized up until the 1980s.
Address: 1353 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy., Charlottesville, Virginia 22902, USA
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Monticello and Wine Tour with Crozet TrolleyWine Tasting & Winery Tours

Monticello and Wine Tour with Crozet Trolley

From his own home and agricultural experimentation, to the founding tenets of the nation, Thomas Jefferson dreamed big. One of his cherished hopes was that someday Virginia would produce its own excellent vintages; he considered good wine necessary to his own happiness. On this tour, experience Jefferson's dreams firsthand, with a tour of Monticello followed by a visit to a nearby vineyard for lunch with beautiful views and the opportunity to purchase a flight or glass of wine to go with your lunch, since you will be leaving the driving to us! This unique and convenient day trip transports you in an old-fashioned trolley! Pick-up at the Omni available at 9am.
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