While traveling to the Monticello Wine Festival, we took the time to return to our favorite winery, Barboursville Vineyards. It was our first visit here in 1993 that created our interest in visiting wineries.
Barboursville Vineyard is one of Virginia’s oldest and most renowned wineries. Both the owner and the winemaker are Italians. Some of their most popular wines reflect this heritage – Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese, and Barbera. However, the winery is best known for their Octagon, that recently won three Best Bordeaux blend citations in competitions for the 2007 vintage. In the gift shop, on display, is a 2000 year old Roman Amphora. The winery is located on the grounds of the ruin of the home of Governor Barbour (designed by Thomas Jefferson). They also operate a Bed and Breakfast at the 1804 Inn and offer food at the Palladio Restaurant.
If you’re ever in Central Virginia, it is definitely worth a visit.