Wine & Travel: Finding Thomas Jefferson on the Monticello Wine Trail

Wine & Travel: Finding Thomas Jefferson on the Monticello Wine Trail

October is Virginia wine month so time spent on the Monticello Wine Trail seemed appropriate. Staying on the trail provides opportunities to taste at 32 wineries. Venturing just a few miles outside the designated area leads to even more possibilities.

Known as the birthplace of American wine, the Monticello AVA in Virginia owes that distinction to U.S. president Thomas Jefferson, who was an early advocate of wine. His many travels to Europe fueled this passion but, due to the presence of phylloxera, viniferous vines planted on his beloved Monticello estate failed time and time again. He settled on cases of imported wines but continued to envision acres of land covered in the grapes he adored such as pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon and syrah.

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