Announcing Pippin Hill’s Summer’s Eve Winemaker’s Dinner Menu

We’re very excited to announce Chef Amalia’s fabulous menu for our July 12th “Summer’s Eve Winemaker’s Dinner”!

Savor in the season’s freshest ingredients with a divine four course menu elegantly paired with our award winning wines.

Limited tickets are still available. Please email to reserve your tickets today!


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July 4th Weekend – Red, White & Blue Grass

Red, White & Bluegrass Festival
Independence Day Weekend

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards


July 4th is just around the corner
Now is the time to make your plans and join us in Virginia’s Wine Country
for a weekend of Independence Day festivities!

Pippin Hill is famous for reds, whites, and even pinks. But on the fourth of July, it’s all about the red, white and blue. We will be celebrating the holiday all weekend long with the release of our Chardonnay Reserve, a featured menu item of Grilled Calamari, and live music from the Willow Branch Bluegrass Band.

New Wine Release: Chardonnay Reserve

wine-release-pippin-hillOn Friday, July 4th we will be releasing our Chardonnay Reserve!

For our Chardonnay Reserve we take our inspiration from Burgundy winemaking technique, including longer aging in 33% new French oak, frequent lees stirring, and partial malolactic fermentation. The result is a wine with deep golden color and complex aromas of toasted brioche, poached pear and baking spice. There is a roundness to texture and richness to the mouthfeel that sets it apart from the rest of our whites. While there are fruit flavors of apricot and pear, we also find a touch of honey and a pleasing nuttiness in the finish.

Featured Food & Wine Pairing:
Grilled Calamari with Chardonnay Reserve

july-fourth-lunch-pippin-hillAll weekend long, we will be featuring the Grilled Calamari paired with our Chardonnay Reserve. This dish incorporates simple components enabling naturally rich flavors to emerge with tremendous flavor. These flavors play off traditional Spanish cuisine with tastes of salsa verde, cilantro and cannellini beans.

The grilled calamari is light and delicate with overwhelming depth of flavor, the ideal pairing with our Chardonnay Reserve.

From our Executive Sous Chef Bill Scatena:

“Summertime is upon us. At Pippin Hill, we focus on flavors that enhance, yet embrace the season. As any Charlottesville native knows, summer in Virginia is hot & humid. So, in observation of the warmer weather, our culinary team is challenging the heat of the summer with exciting flavors for your afternoon lunch.”

Live Bluegrass Music – Sunday, July 6, 2-5:00 PM
Willow Branch Bluegrass Band

We are so thrilled to be hosting live music from Virginia’s Traditional Bluegrass Band, Willow Branch. Recognized as “Best Bluegrass Band in Virginia” twice now by the Virginia Folk Music Association, this is a performance you will not want to miss. Composed of a bass fiddle, mandolin, banjo and guitar – this group will offer lively, family-friendly music on our Veranda.

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An Evening of Live Music with Chelsea Meynig – Tuesday, June 24th at 6:30 PM

You Are Cordially Invited:
An Evening of Live Music featuring
Chelsea Meynig on the Flute
Tuesday, June 24th at 6:30 PM
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards


Join us for Extended Hours at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards this upcoming Tuesday, June 24th from 6:30 – 8:30. We will be serving light refreshments, and our tasting room bar will be open for wine purchases.

We hope you will join us for soothing sounds, award-winning wine, and light hors d’oeuvres during this special summer celebration!

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Wedding Wednesday – 2014′s Trendiest Wedding Touches

Hosting over 60 weddings a year, we have seen a fair share of wedding trends. From the initial discussion, to an extensive menu tasting, to day-of execution, we have the insider’s scoop of what’s trending on the wedding scene this year.

Flowers: 2014 is all about softer colors, yet full-bodied floral arrangements. Peonies, cream roses, and even ferns are setting the stage for an earthy vibe for our weddings this year.  Simple, yet powerful, these arrangements can be boosted with twinkling candles, crystal, or mirrors. Yet, even alone, these blush flowers add a simple and sophisticated elegance that the popular bright bouquet may not. Conveniently, this palate also fits well with most venues and decors to complete your planning.


Theme: The Roaring 20′s are hitting 2014! The Great Gatsby is proving to be quite the influence for brides this season. Whether it’s the razzle-dazzle glamor highlighted in the 2013 film, or perhaps the live brass music, flowing bubbly and sequins, we are psyched that Fitzgerald’s romantic drama is stealing the hearts of so many couples this year!


Culinary Experience: Despite 2014′s return to old elegance, dinner is starting to become a more casual affair. Family style serving is on the rise, with waiters floating around to replenish stations and guests enjoying the opportunity for an extended mingling session. The station style dinner allows guests to customize their own plate. Vegetarian? Gluten Free? Pescetarian? No problem. There’s a food option for everyone!

In 2014, your guests won’t be picking around the broccoli or hitting the dance floor hungry.

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Honeymoon: While 2013 saw many relaxing, beachy locations, such as Tahiti, 2014 has an appetite for adventure. Thus, New Zealand is the honeymoon destination on the rise. New Zealand offers the same pristine serenity as the traditional beach locations, but with an edge. The jagged mountains provide hiking and biking trails, and the surrounding waters are perfect for kayaking, boating, or a casual swim in crystal clear waters.  The stunning cliffs also make it a stellar location to satisfy you daredevils, with options for ziplining and parachuting. Likewise, New Zealand has an incredible wine country, which makes for a great day trip.


Hashtags: Everyone takes pictures at weddings, but not everyone gets to see them. With all the social media available, finding photos and sharing experiences is easier than ever. One of our favorite trends this year is creating your own wedding hashtag. Be creative and have fun with it. Find some of your favorite candid moments filtered into one collective space. As you wait for the photographer’s images, you will be grateful to have a collection of instant memories.


Mismatched Bridal Dresses: One big trend sweeping over 2014 is mismatched dresses for your bridal party. Instead of having the same dress for every bridesmaid, consider selecting a color scheme and letting the girls be creative. Not only will it add a fun pop to your pictures, but it allows your girls to find a dress that they truly love, and let’s face it — even may wear again!

7-1first photo by Jen Fariello
second photo by Cramer Photo with Easton Events
third photo by Tec Petaja
fourth photo by Down Under Endeavors
fifth photo by Cardin Creative Photography
sixth photo by Jen Fariello with Easton Events

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