On one of my recent outings with a good friend, open to spur of the moment adventures and travelling down bumpy back roads, we headed out to Mountfair via “the shortcut”!
We had just stopped in to revisit Glass House Vineyards, another excellent boutique winery on The Appellation Trail, and decided to take the shortcut over to Fox Mountain Road. Delightful and scenic, with the surprise of a covered bridge (didn’t get a picture, Drat!) and mountain views I had never seen! From Free Union Road and Glass House, turn right on 668 Chapel Spring Road which becomes Fox Mountain Road. This is approximately 7 miles, but an enjoyable detour.
I had been to Mountfair in the Fall, the tasting room had recently been completed and I was curious to see the progress made by this sweet little winery on the eastern side of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is a little further out than some of the other wineries, but I recommend putting it on your list! Look for events by following them on Facebook! I was at City Market (the farmers market in Charlottesville ) and heard a rumour of a wine pairing event with L’Etoile! Doesn’t that sound fabulous! L’Etoile is a mainstay in C-ville. Located near the bridge across from the Amtrak station, it has charm and character with delicious dishes and have a commitment to buying “fresh and local”! Check them out for lunch, dinner or samples (yum) at the market! If that’s a perk of the wine club, it may be time to join! We’ll keep you posted!
Kelly Meyers Rogan is the tasting room manager at Mountfair and is as sweet as any Riesling. Not only was she informative and gracious (stayed beyond closing time for us) but she is working on becoming a wine maker herself! She is presently apprenticed as a wine maker and taking the University of California at Davis wine making program!
Kelly has a degree from The University of Virginia and is excited about her future in the Virginia wine industry! When you stop in at Mountfair, be sure to say hello for me! She is working on getting a refrigerator for snack items for visitors tempted towards a picnic on the terrace! Great idea!
We tasted a couple of the wines and enjoyed them all, but liked the Indigenous, a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Petit Verdot, the best. Don’t worry, there are more wines to come! Being a small boutique winery and having sold out of several of their wines, more are being bottled!
There is a very sentimental story behind the Wooloomoolooo wine, but for privacy reasons, let’s just say that it’s rather spiritual. When offered in the future, take advantage of savouring this wine! Western Albemarle and Mountfair are rustic and appealing, a great place for a weekend afternoon any season of the year!