Loving Cup Vineyard & Winery
A certified-organic vineyard located in the Monticello AVA. Our vineyard resides in Albemarle County among the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the spectacular Monticello AVA. The vineyard was certified organic in 2012, and is only one of a handful on the East Coast. A long, scenic road winding into the hollow finishes on a hilltop overlooking our vineyard. Off the beaten path and well worth the drive. Taste the wines and then relax on the verandah with a couple bottles.
We grow three varieties of white wine grapes, two varieties of red wine grapes, and are trialing three more varieties for their suitability for organic farming. The vineyard was certified organic by QCS (Quality Certification Services) after three years of demonstrating strict adherence to federal guidelines governing organic farming.
Because we grow our grapes organically, we chose grape varieties that are fairly resistant to diseases (mildews, rots, etc.). Most of the world’s fine wines are made from Vitis vinifera grapes, which include Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, etc. These grapes are extremely susceptible to diseases, so we don’t grow them.
The grapes we grow are hybrids, meaning that the pollen of one variety was crossed with the flower of second variety to produce a third, entirely-different variety. Hybrids have been produced by viticulturists at universities since the 1800s, but the ones we grow are relatively new. Hybrid research has focused on overcoming the weaknesses of vinifera grapes (like disease susceptibility).
The vineyard was certified organic by QCS (Quality Certification Services) after three years of demonstrating strict adherence to federal guidelines governing organic farming. The certification is renewed annually by the same process, and provides our customers assurance that we do what we say we do.
Wines Typically Available:
Loving Cup White – dry white wine
Loving Cup Red – medium-bodied red blend
Dudley Nose Rosé – semi-dry
Sweet White Reserve
Sweet Red Reserve
Friday – Sunday 11am-5pm (April – December)
Closed: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Tasting Fee: $5.00/person.
Group Tasting Policy: Groups of 8+ should contact us in advance of arrival. The group tasting fee is $15/person.
Tours: $15/person with 2-week advance apt.
Public: Public events and open houses are held throughout the year. Check website for most up to date information or sign up for the winery newsletter.
Private: Space available to rent for private events. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Food Available: A selection of meats and cheeses are available for purchase in the tasting room. Outside food is permitted.
Pet Policy: Leashed dogs allowed inside tasting room and in outdoor seating areas.
A long, scenic road winding into the hollow finishes on a hilltop overlooking our vineyard. Off the beaten path and well worth the drive. Taste the wines and then relax on the verandah with a couple bottles.