Wedding Wednesday – Winter Weddings at Pippin Hill: Top Five Reasons to Say “I Do” this Winter


There’s something ethereal about wintertime at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, and more and more brides are catching on to this magically romantic season.

The mountain air is fresh and brisk, the vineyards are glimmering with delicate frost, and the rolling, snow-covered Blue Ridge Peaks are majestic across the horizon.

This year, our Winter Wedding Collections Package is back by popular demand!

We can tell you why – in five different ways. 

Screen Shot 2014-09-19 at 1.05.19 PMAuthentic Winter Wedding Destination – We are all enchanted by vineyards as wedding destinations in the fall and spring, when the grapes are plump and the vines are vibrant and lush.

But, we think the serene snow covered mountaintops, brisk and clear starry nights and the sparkle of a light frost provides the perfect backdrop for a winter wedding. Imagine a winter wedding at our 5-star venue during one of the most romantic seasons of the year!

1187Memorable Winery Weddings  –  Situated between the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, our venue has an authentic, naturally beautiful winery feel right here in Charlottesville, Va.

The Napa Valley of the East Coast, if you will.

Pippin Hill captures the essential elements of a grandeur wedding—precisely detailed landscaping, custom sound and lighting, majestic architectural detailing—all with surrounding panoramic mountain views visible both inside and out.

pippin-hill-farm-bespoke-wedding-service-packageBespoke Wedding Services  –   Your one stop shop for wedding essentials.  Our customized Bespoke Wedding Services package offers a range of wedding services available only at Pippin Hill.

We feature three different event spaces, all with stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The package includes our professional Chef, a full in-house catering team, and a range of event spaces with state of the art cooling and heating, a stunning stone veranda and landscaped courtyard. It also features all of the tabletop essentials that include cream floor-length tablecloths, Schott Zwiesel Crystal Glass stemware and elegant bone china and cutlery. Our day of bridal loft is designed as a full suite with all of the requisite features.

unnamed-4Winter Wedding Package –  Our Winter Wedding Collections Package offers a plethora of complementary ways to inspire a warm setting during the chill of winter.

Meet with Easton Events, nationally renowned event designers and planners to conceptualize designs for your dreams day; greet your guests with steaming spiced cider and hot chocolate, and surprise them later in the night by serving nostalgic s’mores with all the fixings. We also offer a heated 90-foot custom veranda enclosure with clear sidewalls to expand our indoor space, candlelit twinkling lights accents throughout the Granary, and wedding event insurance to protect your special day.

All of these special elements will create a warm and inviting ambiance for your winter event!

pippin-hill-farmCreating Memories – Your wedding day should be as joyous and relaxing as possible–let us take care of the main logistics!

Our professional and passionate team will ensure that your special day is carried out as seamlessly as can be.

Our dedication to customized service for each and every bride will leave you with unique memories to last a lifetime.

Email to book your winter wedding today!

Photo 1, 6: Jen Fariello Photography, Photo 2: Elisa B Photography, Photo 3: Dominique Attaway; Photo 4: Eric Kelley Photography; Photo 5: Jack Looney

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth – Recipe for Pippin Hill’s Petit Verdot Cupcakes

Over the past few years, cupcakes have become as ubiquitous as hot dog stands in American cities. With an influx of bakeries and cupcakeries, we have become obsessed with these heavenly mini-cakes.

Of course, we’ll be the first to admit that we are biased toward Pippin Hill’s Petit Verdot Cupcakes with decadent dark chocolate, thyme frosting and Merlot reduction.

Scrumptious, mini and downright magical, it’s the best way to end a meal…or let’s face it, start one.

With the cupcake frenzy persisting, we decided to share Pippin Hill’s recipe for Petit Verdot Cupcakes with our cupcake-loving readers. So decadent, so chocolatey and so undeniably delicious, we couldn’t resist.

A signature sweet dish here at Pippin Hill, Chef Bill Scatena reminds us why the famed cupcake has become a crowd favorite here on The Hill,

“The Petit Verdot cupcake is our signature Pippin Hill dessert. Much like our famous grass-fed sliders, the cupcakes have been on the menu since day one. The Merlot reduction drizzle is what truly distinguishes these cupcakes from the rest.” 

So what are you waiting for! Start preheating the oven now!

Pippin Hill’s Petit Verdot Cupcakes


Makes 2 dozen cupcakes.

2 ½ cups flour
1 ½ cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup cocoa powder
1 ½ vegetable oil
1 ½ buttermilk at room temperature
2 large eggs at room temperature
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 320 degrees. Sift all the dry ingredients together. Whisk all wet ingredients together. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 3 small batches until the batter resembles a brownie batter. Pour into greased muffin tins, but only fill 3/4 of the way to the top of the tin. Bake for 18 minutes. Once cool, ice the cupcakes in your favorite homemade buttercream icing.

Pippin Hill’s Petit Verdot Cupcake Reduction Drizzle

Foodblog-23451 bottle of Pippin Hill’s Merlot 2011
1 1/3 cup cane sugar
1 sprig rosemary

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a slow simmer until the sauce completely coats the back of a spoon. Generously drizzle reduction over iced cupcakes. Our Tasting Room Team recommends a glass of Meritage Reserve 2012 to perfectly complete this picturesque dessert.

photo by Kath Eats Real Food

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Washington Post’s Renowned Food Critic Highlights Pippin Hill as Favorite Vineyard to Celebrate Virginia Wine Month

Screen shot 2014-09-16 at 11.55.21 AMWashington-Post-FeatureWashington Post Food Critic Tom Sietsema has us blushing again!

It was a great honor to be featured in Sietsema’s glowing review this September, “In Virginia wine country, where to have some great food with drinks.”

This October, as we celebrate Virginia Wine Month,  Sietsema reminds readers of his favorite Virginia winery offering estate-grown wines and a sumptuous culinary experience.

Virginia Wine
In the spirit of Virginia Wine Month, do you have a favorite VA vineyard?
– October 08, 2014 11:07 AM

Tom Sietsema :
I have a favorite place to (ahem) “graze” and that’s Pippin Hill Farm outside Charlottesville, which I described in a recent Travel section story.
– October 08, 2014 11:15 AM

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Wedding Wednesday: The Ultimate Wedding To Do List

As exciting as weddings are, the planning stages can certainly be a daunting and overwhelming task.

Pippin Hill’s time-conscious to-do list offers insight into the tricks of the wedding timeline trade.


Twelve Months in Advance:

At least a year out from your ideal wedding date, set your budget and reserve a reception and ceremony site. Once you have the venue nailed down, you can start brainstorming your colors, theme and décor.

Here at Pippin Hill, we offer ceremony and dining set-up for up to 250 guests. Our reception provisions include Chiavari dining chairs, 5.5′ round dining tables, banquet tables, and our classic tabletop essentials–Pippin Hill linens and napkins, china, flatware, stemware, and barware.


Officiant Cade BowmanEight to Ten Months in Advance:

Focus on the driving force behind your dream wedding. What matters most to you? The officiant? The music? The florist? The food? Consider the overall picture, and start hiring the key players for your wedding day.

Also, now is the time to determine if you are hiring a planner. If so, schedule a meeting to make sure it’s the right fit.

Block hotel rooms for out-of-towns guests to ensure seamless travels, and complete your gift registry so your guests have ample time to purchase your wedding gifts!


Cade Bowman Wedding BandsFour to Six Months in Advance:

Now is the time to decide on and order attire for the wedding party, order invitations and send save the dates to your guests, and begin to plan the rehearsal dinner. Don’t forget about  securing transportation for your wedding party and hammering out smaller details with vendors such as flower selection and palette.

Start looking into honeymoon destinations and making travel reservations before prices surge. And if you havent’ already, shop around for wedding rings, which often take time to customize.


Two to Four Months in Advance:

Although your guests have received save-the-dates, mail invitations now so they have all of your wedding details far ahead of time.

Start envisioning your personal look on your wedding day by setting hair and makeup trials and exploring accessory options. In Pippin Hill’s bridal suite, we allow our brides to schedule a trial with her stylist at our hair and makeup bar to get a good sense of the room, the light and the space.

Work with your officiant on wedding ceremony readings and details.  Also, now is the time to write your vows! This far in advance will leave plenty of time to practice.

Screen shot 2014-10-08 at 12.03.32 PMOne to Two Weeks in Advance:

Get excited for your final dress fitting!

Now is the time to create a final shot list for your photographer. Don’t forget the “getting ready” shots!  Also, reach out to your DJ or Band about a “must play” or even “do not play” list for your reception.

We also recommend reviewing your RSVPs’ at this point in order to provide a final head count to your venue and caterer; this also allows you to finalize the seating chart.

Finally, spend some time in your wedding day heels to break them in, and ensure a smooth and elegant walk down the aisle!

Veranda-LoungeOne Day in Advance:

Enjoy some quality time and last minute pampering with your bridal party. We recommend a mani-pedi, followed by a bridal luncheon on our veranda.

The day before is also a wonderful time to share a gift with your wedding party. Whether it’s matching jewlery to wear to the wedding, or a handwritten, personalized note, find a special way to recognize your ‘maids and remind them of your friendship.

And of course, rehearse the ceremony and ask your officiant any last minute questions! It’s important to feel confident about the rehearsal and the processional/recessional.


As BRIDES states, “there’s more to the morning of your wedding than makeup applications and mimosas.”  We couldn’t agree more.

See their complete list of insightful tips for maximizing your wedding day experience.

But, most of all. Enjoy yourself and take a mental photograph of all of the special memories possible.

Kiss your family, hug your friends, and remember – it’s your big day!

Photo 1, 6: Tec Petaja, Photo 2, 3: Cade Bowman Photography,  Photo 4: Rothwell Photography, Photo 5, 7: Jen Fariello Photography

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