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Thomas Jefferson, who no doubt penned the Declaration of Independence with a glass of fine wine at hand, can justifiably be called America’s first wine connoisseur. He was also the pioneer of Virginia viticulture, and it is appropriate that this central Virginia appellation is named for Jefferson’s home, Monticello. The AVA – the heart of which is Charlottesville - covers 1,250 square miles over four counties, including Albermarle, Orange, Nelson and Greene. The area runs along the eastern flank of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with the best vineyards often found at elevations of 800 feet and higher. Vineyards here benefit from a natural east-southeast exposure and warm summer temperatures. Winter kill, bunch rot diseases and pest management have made careful varietal, clonal selection and vine-training systems imperative here. Growers benefit greatly from Virginia Tech’s Alson H. Smith Agricultural Center in Winchester for invaluable research. Key vinifera varieties include Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon Read more »

Varietals Produced in Monticello View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Burnley Vineyards

    Burnley Vineyards is one of the oldest Vineyards in the Monticello Viticultural Area. We have 31...

  • Monticello Vineyards & Winery

    Monticello Vineyards & Winery is a small Florida farm winery located on the 50-acre farm of Ladyb...

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  • Now back to our regularly scheduled programming:Opened our SS gift this evening ... Barboursville Octagon (Monticello, VA). This is a blend of merlot, cab sauv, cab franc and petit verdot. There's a hint of perfume on the nose from the cab franc and a bit of blackberry from the cab sauv. The merlot stands out on the palate with its smooth mouth... Read More

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  • I decanted the Remelluri at about 5:30pm central time or 4 hours ago.  My ... used to drink a lot.  Monticello, Campo Viejo, Marques de Caseres, and Marques de Riscal were common.  Forgot how much I liked them.  I have a 2001 Gran Reserve Campo in the fridge. Read More

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  • Last weekend was really special.  My sister Carol and her husband Rich ... then we drove down to see Monticello (Thomas Jefferson's house) near Charlottesville, VA on the 18th.  On the 19th we celebrated my wife Sandra's 54th birthday (one day early), and then on the 20th we visited two wineries (Linden and Chateau O'Brien - posted on another ... Read More

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  • Thibaut-Janisson Blanc de Chardonnay Monticello NV


    My favorite go-to sparkling. Prepared in the methode traditionnel. Easy balance of fruit and yeast. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Afton Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Monticello 2008


    Unfortunately this one's a dead soldier, way past its prime. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Hi Really Big Al! Very cool event to hear about. I bet the conversation with ... list. Mainly exploring the Monticello and Shenandoah AVAs at this point.&nbs Read More

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  • Trump Winery Brut Blanc de Blancs Sp 2008


    Very bright, citrusy, refreshing. Not overly simplistic, but lacks the yeasty depth I prefer in sparklings. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Stone Mountain Vineyards Petit Verdot Monticello 2007


    This is classic Petit Verdot from the inky color to the spicy nose. Goes out with a bang thanks to the one-two punch of powerful tannins and strong balancing acidity. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Veritas Vineyard Harlequin 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by sfquixote

  • Barboursville Vineyards Nebbiolo Monticello Reserve 2008


    Brick red color. LOTS of dried fig on both the nose and the palate. Very strong tannins send the wine off with a bang. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

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