Located on the land where Thomas Jefferson first experimented with viticulture in 1774, Jefferson Vineyards has realized the success that eluded Virginia’s revered statesman. Jefferson wines are traditional European varietals made from only Virginia-grown grapes and no commercial additives. Be sure to try the award-winning Meritage, Viognier and Cabernet Franc. You’ll also get a taste of history, as the vineyards are located between two presidential homes, Jefferson’s Monticello and Monroe’s Ashlawn-Highland. The tasting room is open daily ($12) and there is additional indoor seating and lawn seating, as well as a gourmet market if you don’t pack your own picnic. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are also welcome.