When we visited Virginia for the first time two years ago we made the mistake of only going to Pippin Hill Farm once. This year we went twice, did two different tastings, enjoyed a meal, and walked around the vines, and gardens. I had such a difficult time narrowing down my photos of Pippin Hill Farm and wish I could take you all there! Even though I’ve been to Tuscan vineyards, this Virginia vineyard rivals the best of Italy.
Each time we went we spent at least 3 hours there. Pippin Hill Farm has two great tastings to choose from and has indoor and outdoor dining that features produce grown right on their property. If you order a salad - it was probably freshly picked that morning!
Since they don’t take reservations for the restaurant we recommend getting their early. Our second time we went - we got there at around 11:30am for a tasting (yes - a little day drinking!) and got our names on a list for lunch on the veranda. You could always eat inside but it’s so worth the wait to sit on Pippin Hill’s front porch and to drink in the view. We loved spending time at the bar during our wine-tasting to learn about the history of Pippin Hill and the intricacies of each wine. Our sommelier was super down to earth and knowledgeable. He had served us at our tasting the first time we went this trip and we made sure to find him again when we returned later that week.
Pippin Hill’s menu changes with the season but I do have some recommendations if you decide to visit the vineyard.
Charcuterie Board - this board was delicious with 3 types of cheeses, cured meats, olives, and savory spreads.
Sliders and Fries - their sliders were so yummy and the fries were tossed with parmesan cheese.
Lemon Curd - this was an amazing dessert, topped with blackberries and cream.
Pippin Hill also has two tastings to choose from. If you prefer white wine - definitely choose the Tasting Flight. But if red is more your thing - go for the Reserve Flight. If you’re like us - you go back twice so you don’t have to choose! My favorite was the Reserve Flight - that ends with the rich and fruity Perdit Verdot.
My last recommendation is to check the hours before you go. Pippin Hill only serves lunch, since they are often hosting weddings and other special events in the evening not only on the weekends but during the week too. If you're looking for an amazing place to get married - check out the shot of their venue below! I told Chris we need renew our vows here some day - maybe when we reach our 25th!
Pippin Hill is about a half hour outside of Charlottesville where we were staying and a perfect escape to the country. I’m not sure when we’ll be headed back to Virginia next, but I do know that when we do, Pippin Hill Farm will be one of first stops!