Shenandoah Valley Wineries of Western Virginia have endless amounts of Colonial, Civil War, and viticulture history, providing a great location for these interests to come together.
Although Monticello is not one of the Shenandoah Valley Wineries here are some little-known facts about Virginia Wine: Thomas Jefferson our third President, had his home Monticello about an hour’s drive from Fox Hill. An accomplished architect and leader, Jefferson is considered the father of American Wine.
Jefferson planted two vineyard sites at Monticello: the southwest site
(measures 16,000 square feet) and the northeast (9,000 square feet).
In 1771 the grapevines planted at Monticello began to develop. Three years later another planting by an Italian viticulturist Filippo Mazzei. Then, again, additional attempts of planting came later. Mazzei also planted vines at the Colle farm, located a couple miles from Monticello, where Jefferson Vineyards is now located. In 1807, Jefferson had drawn plans for Monticello’s northeast and southwest vineyards. In 1985, following Jefferson’s plans the northeast vineyard was replanted and in 1993 the southwest vineyard with Sangiovese grapevines. Visitors to Monticello can walk through each of these original vineyard sites.
Virginia is home to over 275 wineries. Spreading across 10 regions, 7 American Viticultural Areas, and 25 different wine trails. Virginia ranks 5th in the number of wineries in the nation and is also the 5th largest wine grape producing state.
The Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail
Fox Hill Bed & Breakfast Suites is located along the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail. We have decided to offer wines from outside our immediate wine trail area. We’re starting our offerings with some fruit wines from the Peaks of Otter Vineyard.
The Peaks of Otter Winery and Orchards is a six-generation family farm. The farm is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains at the foot of the Peaks of Otter. The farm has thousands of fruit trees, grape vines, creeks, ponds and majestic views. “Fruit of the Farm Wines” is a unique change from “grape” wines.
Fox Hill will have a limited selection of wine for you to enjoy during your stay with us. Our intent is to rotate our inventory outside of the Shenandoah Valley Wineries. Depending on when you stay, wines from various Virginia vineyards will be available. Most will be from a distant vineyard (our road trip), or we might have something local. You can order a bottle when you make your reservation, or wait until you arrive to purchase. We may occasionally offer a wine package.