Stinson Vineyards is an environmentally sustainable, family run boutique vineyard located at the scenic foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Nestled in “downtown” White Hall, the winding driveway boasts some of the area’s best views. A repurposed garage winery combines modern architecture and equipment with traditional winemaking techniques.
The first vines at Piedmont House were planted over 40 years ago by “Father of Modern Virginia Wine” Gabriele Rausse. Primarily consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, the vineyard fell into disrepair through multiple changes in owners. After tearing the disease-ridden vines out on the recommendation of renowned viticulturist and vineyard consultant Lucie Morton, the long neglected soil has been returned to a growable state.
Seven acres are currently replanted with carefully selected clones of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Petit Manseng, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Tannat. The new vines and rows are closely spaced in the French method and utilize a Vertical Shoot Position (VSP) trellis system with cane pruning to ensure optimal exposure of the grape clusters to sunlight. Close spacing curtails vine vigor, and careful pruning limits the amount of fruit per vine, resulting in quality berries with concentrated flavors. Carefully sourced fruit from other Virginia growers adds the complexity of different terroirs and microclimates to the wines. Grapes come from as far North as Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and as close as Mount Juliet/Grace Estates.
Public: Tailgate Thursdays summer music series runs Memorial Day – Labor Day Weekends 6-9pm every Thursday. Inclement weather may cancel event, please see Stinson’s website for full details and updates.
Private: Small private events can be scheduled in advanced. At this time weddings are not offered.
A selection of cheese from Flora Artisanal Cheese, meats, olives and Goodwin Creek Farm & Bakery bread are available.
Frozen meats from Free Union Grass Farm and The Rock Barn can be purchased to take offsite year-round, or grill onsite during a Tailgate Thursday event.
Pet Policy: Leashed dogs allowed inside tasting room and in all outdoor areas.
Wines are made on premises by father/daughter winemaking team Scott Stinson and Rachel Stinson Vrooman. The Stinsons are devotees of French wines, especially those from the Bordeaux and Loire Valley regions. Traditional French winemaking methods are employed under the guidance of winemaking consultant Matthieu Finot, including whole berry fermentation for reds and sur lie aging (on the spent yeast lees) for whites.
Focus is placed on European-style wines that emphasize subtlety and complexity rather than power and super-ripeness of West Coast wines.
Winemaker: Rachel Stinson Vrooman
Wines Typically Available:
Whites: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc, Petit Manseng (dessert wine)
Reds: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Meritage, Tannat, Petit Manseng, Imperialis (Tannat, ruby Port-style)
Tasting fee: $10/person (does not include souvenir glass)
Group Policy: For groups of 8+ people the tasting fee is $12/person and groups are
asked to make reservations at least 24 hours in advance. All reservations must be before 2pm.
From Charlottesville: Take Barracks Road west and continue onto Garth Road. Follow 8.9 miles and veer Right at Piedmont Store onto Browns Gap Turnpike (Co Rd 810). Entrance is first Left after Piedmont Store.
From Crozet/Points West: Take I-64 East to Exit 107 towards Crozet/Yancy Mills. Turn Left at US-250 E, go 1.6 miles then left at VA-240 E. Follow through center of Crozet and continue until it ends at Wyant’s Store. Turn Left, then veer Right at Piedmont Store onto Browns Gap Turnpike (Co Rd 810). Entrance is first Left after Piedmont Store.