Our final stop of the day on the Monticello wine trail was to White Hall Vineyards. White Hall is located just outside of Charlottesville and sits at an elevation of 800 feet, boasting spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounding area. If I didn’t tell you before, I’m telling you now, bring your camera, a big memory card, and lots of batteries on this trip, as there are oodles of picturesque views for the snap-happy wine lover.
White Hall Vineyards
White Hall is owned by Tony and Edie Champ, who left the hustle and bustle of New York for the pleasures of rural country living in Charlottesville. Their love of wine, and travels to a then young and budding California wine industry would set the stage for the Champ’s preferred wine style and the pursuit to own their own winery one day. Opening doors for public tastings in 1996, today White Hall is producing a wide range of wines from fun, fruity, and easy drinking, to elegant and complex – something for every palate preference.
White Hall Vineyards boast a handsome and charming tasting room with an octagon-shaped wrap around tasting bar, large windows that fill the tasting room with natural light, and a view of the winemaking facility on the first floor allowing guests can see where the wine is made. We were greeted in the tasting room by Tony, and opted to take a tour of the vineyard and winery, where we were joined by Edie. Since there are no grapes on the vines, Tony used pictures from past harvests to walk us through the wine making process at White Hall Vineyards, which was enlightening and entertaining. From chatting with Tony and Edie, we learned that they both share a genuine enthusiasm for the future of Virginia wine, as well as producing high quality wine for Virginia wine lovers to enjoy.
Touring the Winery Grounds with Tony Champ
Following our tour, we headed back to the tasting room, for what else, but to taste some wine! Tony led us through a tasting of White Hall’s full lineup of red and white wine selections. Outside of several common varietals found in many Virginia tasting rooms such as Chardonnay, Viognier, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc, White Hall offers a Touriga, Gewürztraminer, Petit Manseng, and what’s becoming a popular varietal for more inky colored, intense, and high quality wines, Petit Verdot. White Hall also offers several nice blends and a port style dessert wine named after Edie Champ, aptly titled Edichi. This one is lip smacking, so if this is your type of wine, stock up!
Stay tuned friends ...Look for short summaries on other visits from our fun-filled weekend on the Monticello Wine Trail. To see my last visit to White Hall Vineyards CLICK HERE.
Click Here to vote VA Vine Spot as your favorite wine blog - You can vote 1x per day!
Happy Sipping Friends - Tell your friends about the blog and thanks for your support and kind emails !