The Central Virginia Piedmont is a great environment for viniculture. Three outstanding wineries are located in Madison County and produce fine wines known nationally and internationally. These wineries are easily accessible and welcome visitors interested in their operations. Tours through both their facilities are informative and enjoyable down to the last sip.
Home to Prince Michel, Madison, and Rapidan River wines, Prince Michel Vineyards and Winery is one of Virginia’s premier wine estates. Beautifully situated on Route 29 among the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Prince Michel is conveniently connected to Charlottesville, Richmond, and Washington DC. Treat yourself to a picnic on our expansive lawns or simply stroll among the vines. Enjoy a self-guided tour of our state-of-the-art winemaking facility followed by a complementary wine tasting in our newly designed, “see through” tasting room atop the winery. Prince Michel is also the perfect venue for weddings, receptions, corporate events, and exclusive private tours. Treat yourself to the ultimate wine experience! Stroll among the vines; enjoy a self-guided tour in one of Virginia’s largest wineries. Tasting room and gift shop are beyond compare. Open daily 10am-6pm excluding major holidays. For more information visit our web site at http://www.princemichel.com or call 1-800-800-WINE.
DuCard Vineyards is Virginia’s only solar powered winery, comprising 7 acres of French vinifera and native Virginia varieties, all meticulously nurtured and tended by hand. Located at an elevation of 1,000 feet, on a picturesque slope in the shadow of the Blue Ridge mountains, our grapes reflect the rocky soils and rugged landscape of Madison County, Virginia and yield wines of unique character and complexity. DuCard Vineyards new tasting room features gorgeous views of vines, mountain stream and the Shenandoah National Park. We are open for tastings 11 AM – 6 PM Friday through Sunday plus holiday Mondays, and by appointment. During the fall harvest and foliage season of September, October and November we are open seven days a week. We also offer vineyard tours with a unique focus on the viticulture practices we use in growing the grapes. A brief profile of our operations appeared recently in the local Madison Eagle newspaper, and a link can be accessed on our website, along with a number of other magazine and TV features. Visit us at http://www.ducardvineyards.com. Phone 540-923-4206
Early Mountain Vineyards
Located in Madison, Virginia at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Early Mountain Vineyards comprises more than 300 acres of the historic Monticello Wine Trail. With its warm and inviting tasting room, picturesque outdoor spaces and breathtaking views, guests are welcomed to Early Mountain to enjoy the wines and linger for a palate pleasing experience. Owned by Jean and Steve Case, former America Online (AOL) executives, Early Mountain is committed to showcasing the "Best of Virginia" through our partnerships with award-winning and quality driven wineries throughout the state and our "eat local" offerings served each day in our Market Place. Spring/Summer Hours - Sun, Mon,Wed, Thurs and Saturday 11am-6pm Fridays 11am-8pm Tues. Closed. Learn more at www.earlymountain.com. Phone 540-948-9005