Summer Bucket List at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Pippin Hill Farm Summer Bucket List
Send Summer out with a Bang with our Summer Bucket Listunnamed-2Fight the heat and end-of-summer blahs with a few of our summertime favorites:

1. Sip on a crisp, citrusy Sauvignon Blanc
Our estate grown Sauvignon Blanc recalls the style of wines classic to the Loire Valley, but with a breezy, floral character that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It is fresh and full of verve with citrus and orchard fruit highlighting the richness in the mid-palate and finishes with a cleansing minerality. This would pair well with goat cheese or lighter preparations of seafood. But let’s be honest, it’s really a wine that pairs well with life.

2. Indulge in a Sweet Summer Memory with House Churned Gelato
We view summer as an unlimited license to eat all the icecream we want and our seasonal house churned gelato is a must-have, cool summer treat.  Our Manikantowne Blackberries are noteworthy in size, and memorable in taste.
(Check out our Instagram to see just how big these berries are).

3. Enjoy Live Soothing Sounds from Musician, Gina Sobel 
See a dynamic performance from this singer-songwriter who will calm your senses with relaxing songs on the flute and saxophone. Join us Sunday from 2-5:00 PM for this Labor Day Weekend Performance!

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Wedding Wednesday – Escort Cards: Small Detail, Big Impact

Escort Cards :
Small Detail, Big Impact


You put so much thought into your dress, invitations and menu for your wedding day, but it’s essential to also remember the small details that are easy to overlook.
With that, we bring to you Escort Card 101! 

The Escort Card is a small card printed with each guest’s name and table number assignment. The cards are an essential element to the celebration to ensure each guest sits at the correct table, and does so in an organized fashion

Where to feature the display? Director of Sales, Megan Moses suggests to , “feature the display in an obvious location that is accessible to your guests during cocktail hour. This will avoid the chaos that can occur as you invite guests to dinner.”

To help you check a “to-do” off your list, we have a few ideas for the classic detail that will impress your guests as they enter the reception, while getting them to their table in an organized fashion.

From classic and traditional, to unique and creative – we have seen it all! Check out a few of our favorite escort card displays from weddings here on The Hill:

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Photo one by Jen Fariello
Photo two by Aaron Watson Photography
Photo three by Meg Runion Studios
Photo four by Katelyn James Photography 
Photo five by Jen Fariello with Easton Events
Photo six by Eric Kelley Photography with Easton Events

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Pippin Hill and Red Pump Kitchen Featured on Design Sponge – 24 Hours in Charlottesville, VA with Elisa Bricker

Thank you to Design Sponge
and one of our favorite C’ville Photogs, Elisa Bricker

for highlighting Pippin Hill and Red Pump Kitchen
in its 
24 Hours In Charlottesville, VA with Elisa Bricker.

We are excited to be featured on this design blog with a number of other local businesses that contribute to the charm and uniqueness of our C’ville.


We have highlighted a few of our favorites below… So, what are you waiting for?
Pack your bags as Elisa takes you on a tour of an “idyllic 24 hours in Charlottesville.”

In the words of Elisa Bricker…

roxiedaisy_012-500x68210 am:
Want a mid-morning goodie? Food is never far from my mind, so on the way downtown for shopping and strolling, I stop by the Purple Building on West Main Street for some of the best gourmet goods to be found. I stop by Albemarle Baking Company for some Chocolate Cherry Bread for the husband, and some house made granola for me, then go next door for Geaharts Chocolates, one of the finest chocolatiers I know of (If you like dark, you’ll love the Maya, Taj and Earl Grey truffles. They are all equally my favorites). Other noteable spots in this building include The Organic Butcher and Feast (for the best cheeses and the finest grocery goods in town).




2 pm: In the afternoon it’s time for one more rewarding shopping stop at Scarpa for the best shoes around. I find a few pairs I love, mentally negotiate with myself, make my decisions and then it’s time to head outside of town. To the south, there is Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyard, owned by fabulous tastemaker Lynn Easton, with its unmatched views and great wine selection. If you appreciate good cider you are in luck – one of the world’s formost cidermasters, Brian Shanks, creates delicious brews at Bold Rock. Take a blanket and lay in the sun. If you’re in luck the food trucks will be on hand. For the history fan, head east of town for a visit to Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, and while you’re in the area enjoy an apple cider donut at Carter Mountain Orchard.

red-pump7 pm: I’m blessed with the difficult decision of deciding where to go for dinner and whether or not to see a show. I opt for just the former and the hubby and I decide to visit the bar at C&O for drinks (and a cheeseboard … and I might be back later for their crème brûlée) before making our way to Red Pump for dinner dining al fresco. Their pizzas and salads are delicious and their décor only adds to their charm.

See the complete itinerary here.

Photos by Elisa Bricker Photography 
Third photo by OMG Yum Food Blog Photography

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Fresh from Pippin Hill’s Kitchen Garden – A Field Trip with Sous Chef Allie Redshaw


Summer brings an overflowing harvest from the garden, warm summer nights and misty mornings, perfect for ripening fresh grapes on the vine and early morning strolls through our kitchen garden.

As summer draws to an end, we celebrate the season’s flavors and colors, and most significantly, the ability to pick fresh produce directly from our kitchen garden. Here on the farm we cultivate our own organic herbs and have even expanded to include sprouting beets, lemons and our very own tomatoes.

Screen shot 2014-08-21 at 11.09.54 AMCharlottesville thrives on local food production programs. At Pippin Hill, we champion the same values with a food philosophy focusing on local, sustainable produce. So local, and so sustainable, we find it right out front in our own kitchen garden.

This food philosophy determines our food sourcing and unique Vineyard-to-table cuisine and menu design.

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In fact, “Our biggest point of differentiation from other Virginia wineries is building on the connection between food and wines,”

Pippin Hill Proprietor, Dean Andrews notes,

“Our ketchup is made from tomatoes smoked over wood chips and Pippin Hill grape vines. We’ll dry the trimmings and use them to smoke the tomatoes to create our very own grape vine smoked ketchup.

It is this trademark Vineyard-to-table philosophy that characterizes Pippin Hill, with a natural link to our vineyard with an original ‘locavore’ focus.”

Our food philosophy doesn’t stop at the tasting room door. Allie Redshaw, Sous Chef at Pippin Hill and lead culinary instructor for our Cooking School designs each menu to highlight our own ingredients that showcase the natural link to the vineyard and kitchen garden.


In an intimate, hands on setting, guests prepare entrées that feature fresh, local, and sustainable ingredients that are the cornerstone of every dish we produce.

Allie’s cooking classes are hands-on, engaging and highly interactive. She shares,

“For me, the highlight of every cooking class is venturing on a field trip to our kitchen garden to pick tomatoes, smell sage and snip lavender. There’s something about stepping on the soil and getting your hands dirty, that makes the meal that much better.”

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fifth photo by Eric Kelley Photography
seventh photo by Jen Fariello Photography

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