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6 Vineyards with Lodging near Charlottesville

Looking for vineyards with lodging? Staying overnight in a vineyard can be just as refreshing as tasting its wine, and numerous Charlottesville-area wineries have expanded to offer overnight accommodations.

Think Airbnb experience–more about the setting and vineyard feel than the heavenly mattress and flat screen. And while the capacity is certainly limited, the settings and elegance create a perfect complement for a wine-tour outing. 

 

We polled area wineries and found 6 that would gladly have you overnight. All have fewer than 5 rooms available, and the prices begin around $200 a night. In all cases, you can look forward to the hospitality and service you might find when visiting friends, in this case friends who own a vineyard.

 

Go forth. Taste wine. Slumber, then awake renewed.

 

Merrie Mill Farm Vineyard

Keswick, Va.

Merrie Mill Farm Vineyard has quickly become the toast of Virginia’s vineyards. Owners Guy and Lizzy Pelly have transformed a classic Virginia farm into an elegant wine park. It features 10+ acres of vines entirely within view from the second story veranda of what is the region’s most stylish tasting room.  Cheese, fruit and charcuterie boards to complement Merrie Mill Farm wine are the specialty of the house, and live music plays most weekends. 

Now Merrie Mill Farm has introduced a cozy 2-bedroom cottage just steps away from the action. With interior design by Celerie Kemble, the elegant cottage includes a family room, full kitchen, dining room and utility room with washer and dryer and 1.5 baths. A private porch behind yields quiet views into the vineyard as it catches eastern light. Best of all, room service from the tasting room is available. 

Accommodations

1 cottage that sleeps 4

Rate is mid-$200s/night and a little higher on weekends

Located 50 steps from the tasting room

Click here for reservations at Merrie Mill Farm Vineyard’s Clementine Cottage

 

Afton Mountain Vineyard

Afton, Va.

Dramatically, you enter this vineyard from above, with the Rockfish Valley stretching below. Then you glide past the overnight cottages down to the vines and tasting room. The altitude, while only Virginian, will instill you with a sense of flight. The tasting room is open Thursday thru Sunday, leaving Monday thru Wednesday in relative quiet for roaming the vineyard. No matter the day, however, this is an easy place to not want to leave.

Accommodations

4 cottages each sleeping 2 and one 2-bdrm house that sleeps 4

Rate is around $200/night and adjusts seasonally

Located 100 yards from the tasting room

Click here for reservations at Afton Mountain Vineyard

 

Early Mountain Vineyard

Northwest in Madison County

The vineyard, much associated with Jean Case and her AOL founder Steve Case, is a leading wine producer in Virginia and has its sights set nationally. Everything done here is top shelf. You don’t have to host a wedding to make an overnight reservation, but it helps. 

Accommodations

1 cottage best geared for a couple, or a couple with children. $300/night and you can arrange a continental breakfast to be delivered in the morning. 

Located 200 yards from the tasting room

Click here for reservations at Early Mountain Vineyard

 

Del Fosse Vineyard

South on 29 near Faber

Another dramatic Virginia mountain setting, Del Fosse is roughly 30 minutes south on Hwy 29 from Charlottesville, cobbled into a wedge of the Blue Ridge. On the right as you enter the front gates awaits a restored clapboard farmhouse that sleeps 9. A little further on, you’ll find the tasting room alongside a pond. Above, you are surrounded by vines, and hidden nearby is a romantic log cabin perfect for a romantic getaway. It’s $395 with a weekend 2-night minimum. 

Accommodations

1 house that sleeps up to 9 and 1 log cabin for 2

Both accommodations within 100 yards of the tasting room

Click here to make a reservation at Delfosse Vineyard

 

Prince Michel

30 miles north of Charlottesville on Highway 29.

29 N Prince Michel’s distinctive belvedere tower rises like a lighthouse beckoning sailors to safe harbor. Established in the late ‘70s, Prince Michel is one of the oldest and largest wine-makers in Virginia, and nobody sells the experience from the curbside like they do! Ever innovating behind winemaker Brad Hansen, Prince Michel has a fascinating and  historic exhibit on winemaking in Virginia behind and downstairs from the tasting room. In 2020 Hansen introduced a line of craft beers under the label Tap 29. They are delicious and served British pub-style with excellent deli offerings from the kitchen. Open 7 days a week, Prince Michel hosts live music on weekends.

 

The iconic venue now also hosts weddings. Accordingly, they have recently introduced the Suites at Prince Michel. Not exclusively for wedding parties, they are well appointed and make a convenient option for an overnight stay. 

Accommodations

4 Rooms, each starting at $200

Located 200 yards from the tasting room

Click here to make a reservation at Prince Michel

 

Chisholm Vineyards

Earlysville Road North

One of the closest vineyards to Charlottesville proper is also a recent runaway winner in the Governor’s Cup. Chisholm, located near to the Charlottesville Airport, recently won a Gold Medal for their Chambourcin and a Silver Medal for both their Viognier and Rosé. Owned and operated by Andrea and Charlie Matheson, Chisholm is gaining popularity throughout the state for its wine, relaxed setting, and live music.

 

They’ve recently opened a guest house onsite, a half-mile trek through the woods from the tasting room. The four-bedroom house, with 3 full baths, has both a rustic and period feel, and can sleep up to 12 people. Ideal for micro-weddings or private parties. Prices begin at $500/night with a $200 cleaning fee on top. 

Accommodations

1 house with four bedrooms +

A short hike from the tasting room

Click here to make a reservation at Chisholm Vineyards

 

This blog was last updated on May 5, 2022.

Click here for our complete Guide to Charlottesville-area Wineries.

 

 

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