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.”

pippin-hill-farm-eric-kelleylavender-pippin-hillpippin-hill-cooking-classesCollage photo on left by OMG Yum Food Blog
fifth photo by Eric Kelley Photography
seventh photo by Jen Fariello Photography

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Wedding Wednesday – Tips for Creating a Magical & Memorable Ceremony

pippin-hill-ceremonyWhen planning your wedding, don’t overlook the ceremony that is a touching symbol of the start of your new life together. As the most important part of your day, shouldn’t it be as unique and personal as your reception?

We have a few suggestions to make your ceremony both special and memorable:

1. Offer a Hospitality Station

hospitality-station-holland-artsFor the early arrivals, what better way to greet your guests than a cool beverage? Homemade lemonade or even a fun signature cocktail is a refreshing option on a warm day.

Tying the knot in the winter months? Warm your guests with a heartwarming mug of cocoa, or Pippin Hill spiced cider! Whatever season it is, a thoughtful beverage is an unexpected surprise pre-ceremony.

2. Create a Circle of Love

Circle-of-Love-Eric-kelleyTradition has it that the guests are seated behind the Bride & Groom during the ceremony. Unfortunately, they oftentimes miss out on the best part – your vows, and even expressions.

Consider creating a circle of love, or even semi-circle surrounding you and your groom.  The ceremony will feel more intimate, and guests will remember this setup with great fondness.

3. Invite Your Furry Friend

Is your pup a primary member of your family? Bring him along, and incorporate the pup in the ceremony. Whether as the ring bearer or flower girl, or perhaps just the honorary guest, incorporating a furry friend is a fun site for your guests, and let’s face it – makes for some pretty cute photos.

4. Creatively Comfort your Guests

holland and artsKeep your guests happy and comfortable throughout the ceremony.

For a hot August ceremony, cool off with individual fans and shade the sun with sunglasses.
Have some fun and get creative! Fan on one side, program on the other.

In the winter, warm the ladies with a cozy shawl that incorporates the wedding colors.

first photo by Jen Fariello with Soiree Events
second and fifth photo by Holland Arts Photo with Easton Events
third photo by Eric Kelley Photography
fourth photo by Elisa Bricker Photography 

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Wedding Wednesday – Countryside Romance

21-gorgeous-scenic-panoramic-mountain-views-charlottesville-virginia-pippin-hill-farm-vineyard-ceremonySummer is much more than a season, it is a magical state of mind. For many of our summer brides, it is a season offering endless opportunity. Summer is imagination. With summer quickly drawing to an end, we just can’t get enough of our summertime soirées, each so different, but all equally magnificent.

 Take a peak at this picturesque July wedding set in the charming and romantic eventscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Featuring a fresh palette of soft pastels and neutral creams, this wedding is countryside romance at its finest.

Congratulations, Leslie and Jon, we so enjoyed this brilliantly beautiful summer wedding.

Event Planner - Amore Events
Florals - Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Design
Photographer – Laura Gordon

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