Some know it as the Napa of the East Coast, Charlottesville is bursting with an abundance of beautiful wineries. Not only is Charlottesville known for its wine, but also for being the origin of the Dave Matthews Band. What you may not know, however, is that Dave Matthews owns a popular Charlottesville winery — Blenheim Vineyards.
With environmental concerns in mind, the building features reclaimed wood and natural daylight. The sunlight floods through large windows and skylights in the tasting room. Not only does the daylight provide natural light in the room, preventing the need for electricity, but it also warms up the space. Seven different varieties of grapes grow in three vineyard sites. You can see some of these from the deck off the back of the tasting room. Underneath the tasting room, visible through a glass floor, is the production facility. Besides his influences in the design of the building, Dave Matthews also creates art for some of the labels. His art can only be found on specific wine bottles.
Although the winery was established in 2000, the property itself holds a much deeper history. Dating back to the early 18th century, the land surrounding Blenheim Vineyards contains historical significance. It was once a resting spot for Thomas Jefferson and owned by a former Congressman. An old claim house is still on the property, along with a smokehouse, library, and school/chapel.
Tastings at Blenheim Vineyards
Cost: $8 per person
Hours: Open daily from 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Blenheim Vineyards is open daily for tastings, with a relatively inexpensive tasting fee at $8 per person. The tasting fee includes a wine glass, which they advertise that you can bring back for a free tasting the next time you visit. Although dogs are not able to enter the tasting room, they can be outside. The winery hosts several fun events throughout the year and features a food truck regularly. Grab a bite to eat along with your tasting or wine purchase!
Blenheim Vineyards is a few miles from Arden Place, the top affordable apartment community in Charlottesville. After a quick 30 minute drive, you can be sipping on delicious, crisp wine at one of the best vineyards around! For more places to enjoy wine in Charlottesville, read our blog here.
Arden Place is a luxury apartment community located in Charlottesville, Virginia, close to some of the best vineyards and breweries in the area. Neither urban, nor rural, Arden Place offers the perfect atmosphere for its residents to work and play. Why do our residents love Arden Place so much? Schedule a tour to see this vibrant community for yourself!