Lots of good wines, a stunning timber house and a spectacular environment, all with a rockstar twist. This could be the rough description of Blenheim Vineyards.
Designed by the boss, local musician Dave Matthews, and master craftsman William Johnson, the winery’s central building was planned to have minimal impact on the environment. Therefore, the tasting room allows you to sip their reds and whites while enjoying some marvelous views. From its great framed windows you look over vineyards and the Southern side of Albemarle County; from skylights, the blue and the sun; and from a paneled glass floor, a bird’s-eye view of the wine production facilities.
Since 2008, the winery has grown from 10 to 30 acres, where they cultivate two vineyard sites of Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. For the other wines, they only source Virginian grapes.
“We try to produce the best wines possible. In the testing room quality and experience are both important. But quality is what brings people back,” says Kristen Harmon, manager and enologist.
People enjoy their Chardonnays and the Painted, both white and red (with special editions of the bottles designed by Dave Matthews), all known for their finesse with subtle flavors. Since there is no on-site kitchen, they encourage people to bring a picnic. Although on weekends, they invite rotating food trucks to feed the patrons and from time to time they also showcase interesting local artists. Check out their laid back events on the Facebook page.
Last tip: The tasting fee is $6 per person including a nice glass, and if you bring it back the next visit, your tasting is free!!
Hours: Mon-Sun 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Phone: (434) 293-5366
Text and photo: Edu Bayer