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“Entertaining and educational”

Monticello Appellation Wine Tours
Ranked #7 of 26 Tours in Charlottesville
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Taste of Monticello / Monticello Appellation Wine Tours offers escorted wine tasting tours in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. We book 2 -6 guests per tour for one set price of $145 per person. We offer tasting at three wineries with a deluxe local cheese, local chocolate and fruit platter served at the second winery, and plenty of bottled water. For $165 per person we offer on Thursdays and Fridays a food pairing tour. A deluxe picnic lunch can be added at $20 per person. All expenses are included except for tasting fees which wineries do not allow tours to pay. Tastings run around $10-$12 per person per winery and they all take credit cards.
Reviewed 13 April 2014

A good day all around. My wife and I are not anywhere close to being wine experts and Chris went out of his way not only to teach us about wine, but the history of Virginia winemaking as well. We would very likely do it again.

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Reviewed 18 November 2013

This tour was the highlight of our trip. You get a terrific itinerary, a comfortable ride, beautiful scenery, a personal guide, history and education. And the wine! We learned so much from Chris and from each of the four wine tastings. We enjoyed lunch in a beautiful outdoor setting. If you are visiting Charlottesville, you absolutely need to carve out some time for this wine tour.

~John & Donna

Thank Donna G
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

I have been on wine tours in Virginia before, but none like this. Chris was a great guide, he gave us an overview of the Virginia wine industry, and some high-level wine education. He described what works really well in this area vs well known areas (California, etc). The vineyards he chose only served estate grown wines. Everyone knew him at each location, and he made sure that we were treated as extra special customers. At several vineyards, we were treated to special tastings of reserve wines generally meant for wine club members only.

Lunch was fantastic, Chris made sure we were taken care of, the table was set, and the food came from an exquisite local sandwich shop, we had plenty of water. He set us up at a table with beautiful views - and made sure we had what we needed.

During the balance of our tour we were given more information on the history and owners of each location. We learned about what each vineyard specializes in, and some about the history of the surrounding property.

Our day was perfect, and we made a memory that will last a lifetime. Next time I am in the area I will hire them again - and tour a different set of vineyards. The other local wine tour company cannot even compare to what we experienced with Arcady.

Thank Susan C
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

If you are looking for an immersive wine tasting experience given by people who are passionate and knowledgable about Virginia wines, than look no further than Arcady, where Erika or Chris will personally guide you through some of the best wineries in the area. Chris and Erika have built a wonderful relationship with the wineries, which provides for top-notch service and attention from the servers. The local cheese, chocolate and fruit mid-way through the tour was the perfect combination of palate cleanser, exhibition of fabulous local products, and hunger stave. We were impressed with the quality of the wines and the uniqueness of each winery that Erika hand-selected for us. We look forward to sharing our new bottles and new stories of our fabulous day with Arcady in VA wine country.

Thank ExperienceFLX
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

Stayed at the Arcady vineyard and also went on their wine tour (note: definitely stay at their vineyard if you're visiting the area overnight). Chris was our tour guide and he was fantastic. As a winemaker himself he knows quite a lot about the process at making wine, and he was great at explaining things about wine that we had never known. We also went to some vineyards that I probably would not have chosen in advance, and I'm so glad we did. We found two vineyards on this tour that have become some of our favorites for Virginia wines now.

One of the perks of going on the Arcady tour is that the vineyards all know Chris, and you sometimes get little treats at your stops that other visitors would not. We were able to try a few special wines at some of the vineyards that weren't normally offered at tastings. That was great!

Thank John K
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