Friday, April 14 Events

 A day of showcase winery events highlighting the dynamic food and wine culture present within the Monticello AVA.

Attend a Sparkling Brunch, Rosé Lunch, barrel tasting, winemaker dinner or an evening of chocolate, music and wine.

3-Day Pass holders will have access to exclusive winemaker tours at select wineries during the afternoon.

#yeswayrose: A Rose Lunch (10am – 1pm)
(Blenheim, Cardinal Point, Early Mountain, Loving Cup, Stinson)

Early Mountain Vineyards
6109 Wolftown-Hood Rd, Madison, VA 22727

This new addition to festival 2017 will bring together 5 unique styles of rose, each paired with a spring inspired dish, and poured by their respective winemaker. As rose has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years, mostly due to an increase in quality, this lunch will present a wide spectrum of the versatility of the winemaking method.


Station One
Crostini with Autumn Olive Farms lardo, fig & Calabrian chili

Station Two
Rappahannock crudo with kumquats & almond

Station Three
Endive salad with Esmontonian, pear & walnut

Station Four
Meadows Pride rack of lamb with eggplant, herbs and agrodolce

Station Five
Olive oil cake with pistachios and blood orange marmalade

Pop, Fizz, Clink: A Sparkling Wine Brunch (10am – 12pm)
(Afton Mountain, Horton, King Family, Trump, Veritas)

Veritas Vineyard & Winery
151 Veritas Lane, Afton, VA 22920

The 2nd Annual Monticello AVA Sparkling Brunch features sparkling wines from Afton Mountain Vineyards, Horton Vineyards, King Family Vineyards, Trump Winery and Veritas Vineyard and Winery. The event features each winemaker pouring and highlighting their wines which are perfectly paired with a farm to table inspired menu.


Station One
Rappahannock River Oysters
(sweet mignonette, spicy mignonette, citrus mignonette)
Paired with Veritas Winery, NV Scintilla

Station Two
Petite biscuit bar with pimento cheese, country ham and apple butter
Paired with Trump Winery 2010 Blanc de Blanc

Station Three
Chicken and waffle skewer with local syrup
Paired with Horton Vineyards, NV Sparkling Viognier

Station Four
Strawberry and chevre crostini with pea sprouts
Paired with King Family Vineyards, NV Brut

Station Five
House cured salmon on grilled crostini with dill crème fraise and preserved lemon
Paired with Afton Mountain Vineyards, NV Bollicine

The Rise of Virginia Wine: A Tour of Where it Started (2pm – 4pm)

Barboursville Vineyards
17655 Winery Rd, Barboursville, VA 22923

Join Winemaker Luca Paschina, who has been at Barboursville since 1990 and crafted many of its most notable wines, on a tour of where the rebirth of Virginia wine occurred.

In the mid-1970s Virginia wine was still recovering from the effects of prohibition and wasn’t near the same levels of production or quality as when Charlottesville had a thriving Monticello Wine Company 100 years prior.

Many view the turning point for modern Virginia wine as when the Zonin family founded Barboursville in 1976. With their renewed efforts and enthusiasm, wine of the region would soon be gathering international recognition.

The focus of this tour will be on Barboursville’s role in the rise of Virginia wine, how they turned a passion into a successful operation, and where they see their legacy growing from here.

The tour will conclude in the Library 1821 with a special tasting of 6 select wines.

From Grapes to Glass: A Look at Modern Winemaking in the Monticello AVA (1:30pm – 3:30pm)

King Family Vineyards
6550 Roseland Farm, Crozet, VA 22932

Join Winemaker Matthieu Finot on a behind the scenes look at what goes into modern winemaking at King Family Vineyards. Finot was born in Crozes Hermitage in the Rhone Valley of France. Coming from a family of viticulturists and wine lovers, Matthieu was predisposed to continue his family’s pursuit of making and enjoying wine.

The afternoon will begin in the vineyard, where Finot will discuss grape growing practices found here in Virginia.

Next, the tour will move into the winery for a lesson on blending. First guests will get to tour KFV’s new state of the art winery and see where the magic of winemaking happens. Then Finot will lead a discussion and demonstration on the art of blending a wine that captures the best attributes of each grape.  

To bring afternoon full circle from grapes to a final product in a glass, everyone will head to the Tasting Room for a private tasting of KFV’s current offerings in their Library Room.

*We recommend wearing footwear and clothing that is appropriate for walking through a vineyard and around a working production winery.

Behind the Bubbles: How a sparkling wine is made (2:30pm – 4:30pm)

Trump Winery
100 Grand Cru Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Join winemaker Jonathan Wheeler on a tour through Trump Winery’s sparkling wine production facility.

The delicate, multistep process of crafting a sparkling wine will be taking place right in front of your eyes as you learn about the second fermentation process that takes a still wine to a sparkling. A sampling of finished sparkling wines will follow the tour and highlight the differences that growing conditions and winemaking choices can have on a finished product.

Wheeler has been with the estate since 2006 and leads the wine program. He draws on experience gained from working as a winemaker in Sonoma and Monterey California, Marlborough New Zealand, and his home in the Finger Lakes of New York. His wines have gained national and international recognition, including a recent Double Gold in the San Francisco International Wine Competition for the 2009 Brut Reserve.

*For all winemaker tours, we recommend wearing footwear and clothing that is appropriate for walking through a vineyard and around a working production winery.

Fulfilling the Dream: A walk through Gabriele Rausse’s winery (4:30pm – 6:30pm)

Gabriele Rausse Winery
3247 Carters Mountain Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902

If you know Virginia wine then you’re sure to have heard name Gabriele Rausse. The Italian winemaker has been in the VA industry since the 1970s and is known as the “Father of Virginia Wine”.

Last year, Rausse’s Taste of Monticello tour took guests to the grounds of Montalto to experience winemaking practices from the time of Thomas Jefferson.

This year, he and his sons, Tim and Peter, will welcome guests into their own winery located not far from the spot where Jefferson dreamed of creating wines to rival Europe’s best.

The late afternoon tour will begin with a rare look inside the Rausse private winery with a discussion of his winemaking practices, his influences, and what he forecasts for the future of the industry. Following the tour, guests will enjoy a guided tasting in the new tasting room with homemade heavy hors d’oeuvres.