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Wine Tasting Itinerary

Day One:

Afternoon - upon checking into your room at Keswick Hall, you'll find a welcome letter along with a personally-selected bottle of Virginia wine and a delectable meat and cheese board, all compliments of Sommelier Richard Hewitt.

Evening - after settling in, take part in the daily and much-anticipated Michael Shaps wine tasting in Fossett's Bar. Then for dinner, indulge in a decadent five-course meal in the award-winning Fossett's Restaurant.

Day Two:

Morning - on your first awakening at Keswick, rise and shine to a continental breakfast at leisure, in your room or in Fossett's Restaurant. Then gear up for a day of touring local vineyards by indulging in one of our wine-based spa treatments such as the Grape-seed Oil Couples Massage. Let our concierge help you choose and find your way to a plethora of vineyards, where you're sure to enjoy the leisurely self-guided tours - especially if you are outfitted with one of Keswick's hearty picnic baskets, perhaps the Virginia Vineyard Gourmet Basket.

A great first stop on your wine trail would be nearby Jefferson Vineyards, producing wine from Jefferson's original vineyard sites, first planted in 1774 just a mile away from Monticello, Jefferson's beloved plantation home. You will, of course, want to tour this popular historic site as well, including the gardens and orchards, restored to their original appearance as they were during Jefferson's lifetime.

Afternoon - for your next stop, travel to Trump Winery . Trump Winery is particularly well known for its sparkling wines, and even offers food pairings with the wine tastings... but don't over-taste, as the grounds of this estate are the perfect spot to enjoy that tantalizing gourmet basket you brought along. For your last stop, right across the way, plan to dawdle a while in the laid-back tasting room of Blenheim Vineyards, where famed rock 'n roller Dave Matthews is a silent partner, supporting the vintner's philosophy of "revealing a wine's delicate personality and character without imposing ours on it. We would be remiss if we did not encourage you to make one more stop on your way back to Keswick Hall - Carter's Mountain - not only for one of the area's most spectacular views, but also for the juiciest pick your own apples and peaches, plus an array of homemade baked goods and jams in the Farm Shop.

Evening - be sure to return to Keswick Hall before 5.00pm though, so you can meet up with the pilot of Bonaire Charters, and float away to an awe-inspiring Sunset Balloon Ride over the breathtaking 600 acre estate and beyond.

Day Three:
Morning - enjoy a continental breakfast at leisure, then spend the rest of the morning exploring the grounds at Keswick Hall. Walk or bike any or all of the many nature trails around the property before leaving for another amazing day of wine touring.

First, head a few minutes down the road to nearby Keswick Vineyards. With its tasting room adjacent to the actual winery, you may be able to watch the harvest while enjoying breathtaking views of the rolling Blue Ridge mountains. Next, head North to Barboursville Vineyards, one of Virginia's premier wineries and the home of the renowned Octagon, an award-winning blended red wine. After a few tastes, enjoy a personal tour of the wine cellar and the vineyard, then walk among the ruins of Barboursville Estate, Governor James Barbour's beloved home, designed and built in 1822 by his good friend Thomas Jefferson.

Afternoon - for perhaps a late lunch, indulge in a three-course feast with wine pairings at Barboursville's renowned Palladio Restaurant. Then make a last stop at Horton Vineyards, well known for its Rhone Valley varieties and its vaulted-ceiling tasting room.

Evening - after your long day touring some of Virginia's finest wineries, return to Keswick Hall for rest and relaxation before heading into historic Downtown Charlottesville for dinner at one of the area's many fine eateries.