Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

1Having spent the last two years swooning over images of the beautiful Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards—perhaps the most Instagram-able vineyard in Virginia—a friend and I finally made the hour-long drive to the Charlottesville property yesterday afternoon. Nestled among the rolling vineyards and exquisite homes of Plank Road, Pippin Hill rests unassumingly atop a large hill that assures stunning views of the surrounding valley.

The veranda was crowded with relaxed patrons whose chairs faced West overlooking the scenic valley. A cool breeze granted the vineyard-goers intermittent relief from the hot sun that beat on their faces. We started our lovely afternoon with a tasting at the outdoor bar. The 2014 Chardonnay Reserve was a favorite white and the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, a favorite red.Pippin Hill wines

We ordered the scrumptious Roasted Garlic Hummus that can only be described as heavenly. From our perch at a bar top table, we watched as a photographer took portraits of the bride and groom and their families before the ceremony. A glass of chardonnay in one hand and flakey bread covered in hummus in the other, I enjoyed taking in the lively scene. I could have stayed for hours, but we were kindly reminded the tasting room was closing at 4:30 p.m. to accommodate the wedding. I sneaked a few pictures of the beautiful bride and groom before sadly leaving the party behind.

–Marielle Lafaire


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