Of the wineries along Virginia’s acclaimed Monticello Wine Trail, Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards is the most impressive, boasting what are likely the best wide-open views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Preceded by a six-acre (and expanding) vineyard, a massive clapboard farmhouse -beautifully designed by owners Dean Andrews and Lynn Easton- contains several distinct indoor and outdoor spaces, including a magnificent event venue popular for local weddings.
Surrounded by the region’s magnificent rolling hills, Andrews and Easton offer a full culinary experience paired with the Pippin Hill wine collection, most of which are made by the renowned Michael Shaps Wineworks from several varieties of Virginian grapes.
The farm-to-table restaurant and wine bar are typically bustling, as the wonderful veranda is. The menu includes sparkling, white, red, and dessert wines (the latter of French origin), the bestsellers of which are the Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, and Merlot Reserve.
The pizza – made in Pippin Hill’s stunning wood-burning oven, but only on weekends- is a crowd favorite, while the cheese and charcuterie boards are among the menu’s most popular items. The fresh greens are delicious, as are the grilled baby gem lettuces and the braised artichoke hearts. For carnivores, the restaurant’s flagship is the Pippin sliders, crafted from Buffalo Creek grass-fed beef with grapevine-smoked ketchup.
When the weather is nice, enjoy the stunning porch and roam the outdoor space; but, if your visit occurs in Virginia’s cold winter months, huddle around the fire pit with complimentary s’mores fixings, hot chocolate and live music (only on Sundays!). What better way to wind down the weekend and fuel up for the coming week?
Phone: (434) 202-8063
Hours: Tue-Sun from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Text and photo: Edu Bayer