When you visit a place that’s called Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, you just know you’re in for some culinary delights.
Set in the very heart of beautiful Albemarle County in central Virginia, Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards lies about 10 miles (16 kilometers) to the southwest of Charlottesville, the main city in the area (where we live, if you didn’t know that yet).
Wine and Weddings
It is one of the major wedding venues and wineries in this region, a popular destination for its great food and fine wines. While there’s a wedding taking place many days of the week, Pippin Hill is also open to the general public for lunch and afternoon snacks.
The star attraction of Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards is its tasting room, an obviously fun place where you can sample wines, enjoy wine flights and even do some food and wine pairing. Its menu is filled with delicious food, prepared with locally made products and organic produce. Its own garden, farm and vineyards are managed in a sustainable way, focusing on low-impact and environment-friendly practices.
The farm-to-table, or vineyard-to-table philosophy definitely shows off in its food, which is fantastic. Of course, during our visit, we couldn’t try everything, but the cheese and meat boards that we ordered were among the best I’ve ever had.
I was truly impressed, not in the least by the stunning surrounding scenery.
Birthplace of American Wine
This gorgeous venue overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains is part of the renowned Monticello Wine Trail, a collection of 30+ wineries, all surrounding Charlottesville, that are linked together by scenic roads. Every winery that’s part of this trail has been inspired by the legacy of Thomas Jefferson, who is widely regarded as the first actual viticulturist in America. Although he never succeeded, Jefferson tried to produce wines in his native state of Virginia that could rival the world’s greatest wines. He would be proud to see that, now, the local wineries have indeed managed to reach that level. Although there are other wine regions in the United States that are much more renowned than central Virginia—most notably the Napa Valley, of course—this is, in fact, where the history of wine-making in the New World began. This is the very birthplace of American wine.
The Monticello Wine Trail is a not-to-be-missed attraction when visiting Charlottesville, which you are recommended to use as a base.
Lunch at Pippin Hill Farm
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards is an ideal place to go for lunch—it is open from 11 am to 5 pm, from Tuesday through Sunday (on Saturday, it closes at 4.30 pm). I suggest that you start at the bar in the tasting room, try one of their flights to figure out which wine you like best, order a glass of your preferred wine and take a seat outside to enjoy the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains views with a cheese and/or meat board.
I can’t imagine a better way to spend the hours between 11 am and 1 pm than by sampling wine and eating cheeses and cured meats—just brilliant.