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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 »

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  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

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  • Sugarleaf Vineyards

    Residing on a breathtaking estate, Sugarleaf Vineyards has evolved before our eyes into a mesmeri...

  • Burnley Vineyards

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

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  • Flying Fox Viognier Monticello 2008


    An 'average' Viognier for the buck, particularly when paired against some of ... from the much more popular Monticello AVA.Melon and hints of lemon zest on the nose reveal a light-medium bodied mouthfeel that is pleasant if not "mouth-coating" and luxurious as other have been. If I wasn't a bit jaded in my fortune to have tried more than two ... Read More

    Wine review by ChipDWood

  • King Family Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend Monticello Meritage 2006


    Tasted this guy while it was still in the barrel and right after it was bottled, then once more a year later. Matthieu Finot (the wine maker) signed my last bottle and noted that it would be best shared in 2012. There is great fruit, with balanced spices. I can't wait to try the last bottle. Read More

    Wine review by bendoerr

  • Abermarle Ciderworks Royal Pippin Virginia Apple Cider 2009


    One of my favorite Virginia apples turned hard cider. This cider has a great ... ... for consumption at Monticello and wrote from Paris in 1785, 'They have no apples here to compare with our...Pippin.'" is very true for this cide Read More

    Wine review by bendoerr

  • We grabbed both their Viognier, which is supposed to be a knockout, as well as ... more popular and prominent 'Monticello' appelation around Charlottesville.Course, if you're into Virginia wines or want to learn about the best vino currently flying under the radar- stop by and visit our Virginia Group (now called "profile", I think) by clickin... Read More

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  • Barboursville Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend Monticello Octagon 1998


    No written review

    Wine review by phillips87

  • Pollak Vineyards White Blend Monticello Durant White 2008


    A light note of grapefruit and citrus on the nose. Moderate acidity, definitely some buttery notes from the Chardonnay. Read More

    Wine review by scandleriv

  • King Family Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend Monticello Meritage 2007


    This wine is better than earlier years, and seems to be softer. The plum/cherry is still there, but there seems to be a hint of chocolate with a smoother texture and tannins that are softer. Won the VA Governor's Cup with gold. Nice wine to drink. Read More

    Wine review by RMH

  • Pollak Vineyards Rosé 2008


    Refreshing. Light but still sweet. A good wine for a sunny afternoon. Read More

    Wine review by scandleriv

  • Barboursville Vineyards Pinot Grigio 2007


    Fresh and fruity, with good acidity. Pineapple, lime, and tropical flavors with a nice "zing' on the palate. Read More

    Wine review by dickm

  • Prince Michel Cabernet Franc 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by bayview151

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