The Commonwealth of Virginia is the 5th largest producer of wine in the United States. The Monticello Wine Trail is Virginia’s crown-jewel, truly fulfilling Thomas Jefferson’s vision of wine-making in Virginia. Norm’s Transportation offers a variety of tours to Charlottesville area wineries. You can choose and customize your tour from the wineries listed below OR pair a couple of wineries with a historic attraction if you’d like. We’ll take you there in style and get you back safe and sound! We typically use full or mid-sized SUVs, vans and sedans to accommodate up to 14 passengers.
NOTE: Due to their restrictions on groups, we highly recommend making reservations ahead of time. Norm’s Transportation’s tour pricing is for the group, not per person. All prices are based on Charlottesville being the starting/ending location. An extra charge for locations outside the general Charlottesville area may be applied. Below are short descriptions of our local wineries. Be sure to check out our list of planned tours or customize a tour of your own. Tip: You can mix and match wineries, breweries and historic venues!
King Family Vineyards offers great wine coupled with breathtaking vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and a top-notch staff who understands hospitality. The vineyard is well known for its Meritage, a Bordeaux style blend of four red varietals. King Family offers a gourmet assortment of chocolates, cheeses, salamis, spreads, and hot French bread. Or you could bring a picnic.
Tip: King Family Vineyards hosts weekly polo matches, held on Sundays from Memorial Day through early October. Buy a bottle of wine at the tasting room and enjoy the game!
DelFosse Vineyards and Winery: Relax in the serene, gorgeous natural landscape of DelFosse Vineyards while enjoying award-winning wines by the glass or the bottle. Surrounded by beautiful mountains and rows of picturesque grape vines, DelFosse Vineyards and Winery offers a stunning natural setting.
Hilltop Berry Farm and Winery specialize in wine made from fruit other than grapes. Their selection of handcrafted “True to the Fruit” wines and authentic honey meads offers a unique tasting experience, as well as the opportunity to taste fermented drinks originally enjoyed by ancient cultures from around the world.
Brent Manor Vineyards: Nestled in the hills of Virginia Wine Country in beautiful Nelson County just South of Charlottesville, The Brent Manor Vineyards welcomes you to a mix of the New World and the Old World. When you visit our tasting room, you get to experience our wines, and in addition, we are bringing the Old World in as well by offering an ever-changing variety of Portuguese wines.
Veritas Vineyard and Winery started as the family’s labor of love and has grown into one of the best event destinations in the region. Enjoy their popular wines and relax in the elegant tasting room, from the porch or on the lawn featuring breathtaking views. Pollak Vineyards offers a picturesque lake and dramatic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. But it’s not just the setting that demands attention. Their wines have been widely recognized as some of the finest in the region.
Veritas offers a cheese plate of three kinds of gourmet cheese, homemade apple chutney, and warm baguette.
Afton Mountain Vineyards: If their slogan “grapes don’t grow in ugly places” is true, they have nothing to worry about: Afton Mountain Vineyards is surrounded by beautiful vistas. The beautiful setting, welcoming atmosphere and excellent wines make it a memorable stop on your tour.
Afton offers a selection of meats and cheeses. You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy along with the wine and mountain views.
Jefferson Vineyards realizes Thomas Jefferson’s dream of making fine Virginia wine. They still grow the majority of their fruit on sites selected by Jefferson in 1774. Their wines won several prizes and awards and some believe Jefferson’s Viognier is some of the finest this side of Condrieu.
Trump Winery is situated in the heart of the Monticello Wine Trail and features almost 1,300 acres of breathtaking scenery. Enjoy the view while sipping award-winning white, red, and sparkling wines. They also offer a regionally inspired menu of artisanal cheeses, gourmet pizzas, and rustic sandwiches.
Blenheim Vineyards Dave Matthews established Blenheim in 2000. The winery is set in a beautiful location, and the view for the back deck is gorgeous. The great thing about Blenheim is that while you enjoy the view, you can enjoy some good wine as well.
Septenary Winery – Situated on 109 acres of rolling hills surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Seven Oaks Farm and Vineyards is a magnificent property located just 15 minutes from Charlottesville in Greenwood, VA.
Valley Road Vineyards – Founded in 2015, Valley Road Vineyards was conceived by a group of friends who brought talents from successful careers in law, advertising, insurance, real estate development, and writing, among others. With their mutual love of Virginia and wine, a vineyard operation in the heart of the Monticello Viticulture Area seemed a good choice for a fun and rewarding business venture. Led by co-founder and CEO Stan Joynes, the group found an ideal site for a new vineyard and tasting room on Rte 151 at the head of the Rockfish Valley in Afton, Virginia. The first vines were planted in the spring of 2016, and VRV bottled its first wines in April.