We recently stopped by these two Nelson County Vineyards, each of which is a short and pretty drive from Charlottesville.
Flying Fox seems to avoid a lot of the traffic of some of its better known neighbors by virtue of it being a bit of the beaten path, but travelers who make the trip will be rewarded with some of the best red wine in the area.
We tried a perfectly fine pinot gris and rose, but the standouts were a 2010 Merlot and their red meritage blend called Trio. A sweeter, easy-going “Fox Red” was a bit sweet and simple for my tastes.
But the Merlot was exceptional. Easily one of the best examples from what was thought to be an excellent vintage. We bought a bottle and you should, too. I’m just sorry they were sold out of their 2010 Cab Franc, which I’m sure was very good.
$5 a tasting for about 6 wines. Nice people.
Afton was a less successful trip. You hate to say anything negative about a local place filled with nice people, but the wines just aren’t on the same level as their Nelson and Albemarle county peers. The gewurtztraminer was not unpleasant, and the best of the lot.
$10 for tasting.