Vino in Virginia

Virginia, in my opinion, is a very underrated state in the U.S. Neighboring our nation's capital and the Atlantic ocean, this state provides a unique variety of urban and rural settings. Among my favorites, second to the beach of course, is the little slice of wine country that surrounds Charlottesville.

I previously visited the Charlottesville area a handful of times and I was always captivated by it's beauty. It was a no brainer when I, along with the ladies in my family, started to plan a mini girls getaway. Among our top picks for the weekend itinerary are also must see places for those planning to visit the area: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards and Early Mountain Vineyards.

Pippin Hill

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards is like a scene from a fairytale! I've visited the winery once before and while I normally prefer to visit new places, this serene setting keeps me coming back for more. I'll just let the images speak for themselves.

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Pippin Hill is also one of the few winery locations offering a culinary experience so we scheduled our visit around the lunch hour. A trip tip for a visit on Saturday - Pippin Hill does not take reservations so plan to arrive by opening at 11 a.m. in order to grab a table in the tasting room or have someone in your party make a quick trip there to put your name on a list because the wait time can be around an hour and a half (it's worth it, I promise you!).

We all shared a bottle of rosé (yes way!) and dined on the most delicious farm-to-table cuisine served tapas style. Our favorite was the cheese plate featuring a variety of local cheeses, spiced nuts and seasonal jams. It paired perfectly with the rosé.

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Early Mountain Vineyards

Like Pippin, our last stop from the weekend not only boasted the most beautiful views but also served a tapas style cuisine with locally sourced ingredients. One step inside the property and it's easy to see why Early Mountain Vineyards was voted the #1 tasting room in America. 

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In addition to the stunning scenery, the food and wine did not disappoint. Our favorites included the 2016 Chardonnay (with 6% Pinot Gris) and the cheddar pimento small plate, both also paired perfectly together.

This girls wine weekend was one for the books and I have a feeling there will be several more chapters because we're already planning our next visit back to the area!

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