Do you love drinking Virginia’s world-class wines but hate worrying about finding a designated driver? If so, we have some great news for your October weekends! Virginia is for Lovers has teamed up with Uber in a partnership to celebrate wine month in Virginia with safe rides to and from participating wineries around the Commonwealth. During every weekend in October and on Columbus Day, take an Uber to one of the following wineries and show your e-receipt on your smartphone for 50% off tastings, 15% off bottles of their wines, and 15% off any merchandise purchased at the wineries.
Charlottesville’s Participating Locations:
King Family Vineyards is a family owned and operated vineyard and winery in Crozet, about 20 minutes outside of Charlottesville at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Not far from scenic fall destinations like the Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive, and Wintergreen Resort, the winery is part of the famous Monticello Wine Trail. The covered veranda, expansive lawn, and brick patio all offer perfect spots for a fall picnic if the weather permits, or the tasting room has a cozy stone fireplace for cooler days. Pair a selection of gourmet cheeses, meats, spreads, and French bread with your award-winning wine samples at King Family Vineyards. The winery hosts polo matches on Sundays from May to October, with the last one happening this Sunday, October 9 at 1pm. Leashed pets are welcome on the grounds of the winery with responsible owners.
Another stop on the Monticello Wine Trail, Veritas Vineyard & Winery is a popular spot for wine enthusiasts visiting Charlottesville and the surrounding areas. The first thing you’ll notice upon entering the tasting room is the distinct feeling that this isn’t a business, but rather an elegant country home. Overstuffed leather sofas surround the huge stone fireplace, and on cool days when the fireplace is ablaze, you’ll find yourself lingering in this cozy spot for hours. The winery has a deep love and appreciation of Virginia, and even features a LOVEwork made of wine corks in the tasting room. When the weather allows, walk out onto the back deck to take in the panoramic sight of the surrounding countryside, bordered by the deep hues of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Well-behaved leashed pets are welcome on the patio and the grounds of the winery, although pets are not permitted inside the tasting room.
Richmond’s Participating Locations:
Historic Scott’s Addition in Richmond has become a bustling area in the Richmond brewery and winery scene, and Buskey Cider is one of the newest adult beverage occupants. Using Virginia apples, they produce a variety of refreshing draft ciders, with basic options like a semi-sweet RVA cider, as well as infusing the ciders with flavors like watermelon, rosemary, peach, lime, and jalapeno. Try something new and enjoy half off a flight when you take an Uber to Buskey Cider this October.
About fifteen minutes north of the city center, James River Cellars sits between Route 1 and Interstate 95. The family owned winery features an elegant tasting room, beautiful patio, and an extensive gift shop. Cheese, crackers, and snacks are available for purchase, or you can bring your own picnic goods to pair with your wine tasting. Leashed pets under the owner’s control are invited to visit the winery, and they provide treats and water bowls for your four-legged friends to enjoy during their visit. James River Cellars frequently hosts seasonal events on the grounds.
Here are a few upcoming events occurring on weekends during the month of October:
- Friday, October 7: Fridays on the Patio—Live music, small bites available to eat with your wine tasting
- Saturday, October 15: Wine & Barre—Pure Barre class followed by wine tastings
- Friday, October 28: Halloween Party on the Patio—Visitors are invited to dress up and mingle while sipping wines
- Saturday October 29: Experience Virginia— Wine, beer, food trucks, and live music from Virginia
- Sunday October 30: Pumpkin Decorating—Decorate a pumpkin, sip wine, and enjoy live music
Leesburg’s Participating Locations:
8 Chains North Winery is located about an hour northwest of Washington D.C., providing a bucolic retreat for wine enthusiasts looking to escape the city sprawl. Wooden wine casks decorate the walls of the tasting room, adding to the quaint charm of the winery. On cooler days, enjoy your wine tasting by the fireplace, or tour the grounds if the weather allows for sweeping views of the vine-covered countryside. Well-behaved leashed pets are welcome on the grounds, patio, and the tasting room at 8 Chains North Winery. They also have a dedicated dog park where friendly dogs are allowed to roam off-leash.
Off of Route 7 in northern Virginia, the Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards encompasses ten acres of scenic grounds that includes a restored stone barn from the early 20th century and an antique preserved wooden dairy barn where tastings are held. Want to savor your wine outdoors on warmer days? Walk out on the expansive grounds to the idyllic pond or grab a seat on the back deck or patio section, both filled with umbrella-shaded tables. Every Friday and Sunday in October, the winery hosts live music performances from local musicians. Check the schedule for the full details. Leashed pets are permitted at the winery.
Plan a trip with an Uber drive to one of these Virginia wineries for a safe and fun trip, gorgeous fall scenery, and incredible discounts on your favorite wines!
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