Along the Monticello Wine Trail, which parallels the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains in Virgina, Blenheim Vineyards is an historic estate that is today home to a small winery owned and built by the singer Dave Matthews. In the 1700s, the property was the residence of John Carter, Secretary of the Colony of Virginia, and the estate still features historic 18th and 19th century buildings, including a school-chapel and a library. The winery building itself, however, was built in 2000 using environmentally friendly practices, with the tasting room where glass panels offer a view into the production area below.
Blenheim Vineyards sits about 20 minutes south of Charlottesville. Visitors can come to the tasting room any day of the week, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tastings cost $5 per person. Also, in a fun blend of wine and craft beer culture, eco-conscious Blenheim keeps its white and red table wines on tap, offering refills in reusable growler bottles.