Join us for a one-of-a-kind Charlottesville experience that rolls out the red carpet and combines the area’s most unique experiences and popular attractions – Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, Potter’s Craft Cider, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, and the Oakhurst Inn – offering a memorable, seamless and informative “Insider’s” experience of Charlottesville.
The Monticello Wine Tour & Coach Co team picks up you and your group in a Mercedes Sprinter Van at your accommodations in Charlottesville, provides transportation between locations, and coordinates the experience and reservation at each stop. Through this one-of-a-kind offering, we are able to offer exclusivity to guests while also providing safety in the comfort of private groups. All you have to do is book the Monticello Heritage Experience, and we’ll handle the rest!
Begin the tour experience at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted with a glass of bubbly while enjoying a guided Kitchen Garden Tour, led by a member of our horticultural team. Following the garden tour, you’ll sit down for lunch at The Vintner’s Table – the ultimate local culinary celebration that features a 4-course pairing of Pippin Hill award winning wines with Executive Chef Ian Rynecki’s seasonal farm-to-table inspired dishes.
Following lunch at Pippin Hill, you will depart for Potter’s Craft Cidery. Housed within the soaring stone walls of Neve Hall, a former church turned artist’s residence, Potter’s tasting room is every bit as visually stunning as it is comfortable and accessible. Guests will enjoy a tableside tasting flight featuring heritage ciders styled after Jefferson’s own cider production.
You’ll then culminate your adventure with an exclusive evening tour at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Upon arrival, you will bypass the gates and lines, meet your private guide, and experience Monticello after hours and behind the scenes. See the full house, including the upper floors. Learn about Thomas Jefferson and the times in which he lived, and all the people, both enslaved and free, who lived and labored at Monticello. This exclusive pass allows guests to privately explore the mountaintop after the regular closing time! Following the ~1.5 hour tour, our driver will gather your group and transport you back to your accommodations.
We have partnered with the Oakhurst Inn and Cafe – a boutique hotel centrally located steps away from the University of Virginia – to provide 25% off to tour guests.
With your purchase of the Monticello Heritage Experience, your group will also receive group access to the Common House social club for the day. Enjoy the rooftop for dinner & cocktails, or sit by the fireplace reflecting on the day.