Located on one of the region’s most historic properties, Barboursville Vineyards offers world class wine, lodging and dining options.
Barboursville Vineyards was not Virginia’s first winery, but they planted the first commercially sustainable vinifera (European varietals). They quickly became the state’s first winery of note. Nearly everyone writing about Virginia wine mentions this winery.
Wines include Italian varietals such as Barbera, Nebbiolo, Pinot Grigio and Sangiovese. These are joined by Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Viognier, and Riesling. You will also fine sparkling wines and a couple of dessert wine options.
Octagon, a Bordeaux-style blend, is the flagship wine. Octagon is often held up as the exemplar of Virginia’s wine aspirations. This wine won the Governor’s Cup in 2013, which is the state’s top prize.
The historic winery is a 900-acre destination that warrants thorough exploration. The tasting room is modeled after a Northern Italian farmhouse. More than 15 wines are available for sampling.
Palladio is the winery’s bright and airy restaurant. Palladio is open for lunch Wednesday thru Sunday and for dinner on Friday and Saturday. Specializing in Northern Italian cuisine, it is one of the regions top restaurants. Reservations and appropriate dress are necessary.
The historic 1804 Inn offers a half dozen suites and cottages. The luxurious accommodations provide the full wine-country experience. The lodging makes the property a perfect base of operations for exploring the region’s many points of interest.
Barboursville is centrally located. Charlottesville, Jefferson’s Monticello and James Madison’s Montpelier are just minutes away.
Additionally, the property is home to one of America’s few true historic ruins. The Barbour mansion was designed by Thomas Jefferson. It served as a residence until it was destroyed by fire in 1884. Today the ruins are listed in the National Historic Register.
Weddings and private parties are welcomed. Picnic areas and snacks are available. Children are also welcome at the winery.
Barboursville wines are available on Wine.com.
Thanks to Nancy Bauer of Virginia Wine in My Pocket for developing the original draft.