Posted January 2006
Virginia’s Central Region Wineries
Culture and Fun
Between the heights of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the
flatlands and beaches of the east coast, sits the beautiful Virginia city of
Charlottesville. Within minutes of this historic town are myriad of activities:
hiking and backpacking on the Appalachian Trail, stunning mountain-top views
accessible by car via Skyline Drive and The Blue Ridge Parkway; skiing and
other outdoor activities at some of the country's finest resorts not far from
Charlottesville. And of course, visitors and locals alike can ride in hot air
balloons, play golf at world-class resorts, and tour the many local vineyards.
Many wineries are only open seasonally or have seasonal hours,
so it is important to not only have your map (www.virginiawines.org/wineries/images/maps/m-central.pdf)
but also know when the best time to visit your favorite venue is.
If you haven’t picked out a favorite, you might try these well-know
Know for its idyllic farm setting and medal-winning wines, this
is the closest winery to Charlottesville and University of Virginia.
Oakencroft, the oldest winery in Albemarle County it has been in
business since 1983.
Owner Felecia Warburg Rogan helped found The Jeffersonian Wine
Grape Growers Society to encourage quality winegrowing in Central
Virginia and has remained Chairman of the organization for more
than 20 years. This group is responsible for establishing the Monticello
Viticultural Area, The Annual Monticello October Wine Festival
and, more recently, the Monticello Wine Trail website and brochures
to promote the twenty-one wineries in Central Virginia.
Quality wines are produced by Riaan Rossouw, the winemaker, to
suit every palate and the vines are carefully tended by Philip
Ponton. There are wine related gifts for sale in the antique filled
Tasting Room and wine tastings of the medal winning wines. Oakencroft
offers their winery courtyard for private or corporate parties
and events. They are also very popular for bridal parties and receptions.
Oakencroft is open for tours and tastings January, February, and
March, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm and April through
December, seven days a week from 11 am to 5 pm.
Just west of Charlottesville, in a town called White Hall is a
winery of the same name. This beautiful winery looks like something
out of Napa Valley with the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop.
White Hall Vineyard is included on the Monticello Wine Trail and
situated at 800 feet elevation. The winery is owned by Dr. Antony
Champ and his wife. It was after several trips to California, starting
in the mid-sixties that the couple decided to make their dream
White Hall's vineyard was established in 1991 with six acres of
Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. During
the last few years, White Hall has added Muscat, Gewürztraminer,
Touriga, and Pinot Gris to its vineyards and now has 25 acres of
Their first vintage was produced in 1994. White Hall's winery
facility and tasting room opened in June of 1996 for complimentary
tours and tastings. Public hours of operation are Wednesday through
Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. White Hall Vineyards has
lovely banquet facilities with views of the mountains and vineyards.
It is a wonderful space for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners,
and private parties.
The vineyard is closed from December 15 to March 1, and during
major holidays. White Hall Vineyards can be reached at 434-823-8615.
Here are some additional wineries to visit: