We love to find new spots to bring our guests to taste the local wines. The reason we were excited to see partners Michael Shaps and Philip Stafford open Virginia Wineworks is because it is a “custom crush” facility.
To us, a custom crush winery means that our Monticello Appellation is becoming a TRUE wine region. This type of winery is a winemaker’s winery. The vineyard grower can bring his fruit here and rent equipment and/or expertise and advice in making wine.
Here in Virginia there are roughly 130 or so wineries. The number of vineyards double that. Just like my home state of California, not all wineries are able to grow all the fruit that they need for production of their wines. Then again, there are vineyards who want to make wine but cannot afford the equipment.
On top of that, there are people like us here at Arcady. We have a small vineyard for the B&B guests to enjoy and as a future backdrop for small custom weddings. But we have not yet decided what we’ll do with the fruit!
They can also source the fruit for the client who wishes to make wine and assist throughout the whole procedure.
Virginia Wineworks is a great place to visit for those interested in WINE. They don’t care about the frou frou stuff. I love it because it’s the real winery experience. While we love the beautiful tasting rooms for serving our lunches and cheese plates, there’s something so FUN about walking up and having to really SHOVE the door open to enter…turn left and walk past the bottling machine sitting there waiting for its next batch…are they closed? No… if you listen you can hear voices and see a light under the garage door pulled down to keep the winter chill out of the barrel room where all the wines are sleeping.
Give a knock and you’ll be invited to hoist up the garage door and join the merry group inside tasting wine produced by one of the most successful winemaker/consultants in the Charlottesville area.
Bring your checkbook or cash for payment, and if you’re running late – say after 4pm, give them a call to let them know you’re coming. Tastings now during the winter months are on Saturday and Sunday, and the winery is located just past First Colony Winery.
From I64 take the 20 south exit towards Scottsville.
Drive about 15 minutes – about 11 miles and look for the grape sign on your right at Harris Creek Road.
One mile up the road and you’ll see First Colony Winery. This is also a great place to stop and taste, and they have plenty of inside and outside tables for picnic lunches!
Just past First Colony you’ll find Virginia Wineworks.
Yes, it does say “Montdomaine” over the door, but don’t let that fool you. You’re in the right place!
1781 Harris Creek Way
Charlottesville, VA 22902