It's a good thing rock stars are multifaceted. Otherwise we wouldn't have Blenheim Vineyards (thank you, Dave Matthews).
In addition to helping immigrants take the oath of citizenship
, rocker Dave Matthews also finds time to cultivate his own vineyard in the heart of the Monticello Wine Trail.
With ties to the Charlottesville area, Matthews bought the historic Blenheim property in 1999 and knew he had to make something of it. Fourteen years later, the vineyard now has 10 acres under vine and grows Viognier, Chardonnay, Cab Sav, Cab Franc and Petit Verdot.
Designed by Matthews himself, the winery shows off its unique and humble vibe with A-frame vaulted ceilings and glass floors that allow you to peer down into the production area on the main level (this is only slightly scary).
Looking out from the tasting room, you'll find sweeping views of the Southeastern forest, the vineyards, and 18th- and 19th-century outbuildings like the smokehouse and an old school house.
Also on the property is the Claim House, which dates back to the 1730s.
As far as wine production, the red wines resemble the style of the tasting room: earthy and simple. The whites, crisp and light. Tastings are $5 and include two whites and two reds. The tasting room also features monthly art shows that showcase local artists, with original paintings for sale each month.
(31 Blenheim Farm, Charlottesville, Va.) is located about three hours from downtown D.C., and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.