Expedition Blue Ridge

Expedition Blue Ridge embarks on April 14th, 2019 at 6:30 pm in Charlottesville, VA. Concluding April 17th, this invitation-only experience offers an intensive 3-day introduction to the soils, toil, and spoils of America's first wine region. Build your knowledge of the growing, making, and loving of Virginia wines with hands-on activities at each Commonwealth Collective partner winery.

We look forward to sharing our small slice of the Blue Ridge with you…

Wolftrap Farm

Wolftrap Farm

Sunday, April 14th

3:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Accommodations check-in -Wolftrap Farm, Orange, VA.

6:30 pm: Welcome reception & dinner - Wolftrap Farm


Monday, April 15th

9:30 am - 1:00 pm: Early Mountain Vineyards, Madison, VA

  • Viticulture seminar on vineyard planting followed by Cabernet Franc blind tasting comparisons and lunch overlooking the vines.

2:00 - 5:00 pm: Stinson Vineyards, Whitehall, VA

  • Tannat diversity deep dive followed by vertical tasting.

6:30 pm - Closing time: Dinner in Charlottesville, VA

  • Location TBA

Early Mountain - Quaker Run Vineyard

Early Mountain - Quaker Run Vineyard

Stinson Vineyards

Stinson Vineyards

Ankida Ridge Vineyards

Ankida Ridge Vineyards

Veritas Vineyard & Winery

Veritas Vineyard & Winery

Tuesday, April 16th

9:30 am - 1:00 pm: Ankida Ridge Vineyards, Amherst, VA

  • Viticulture seminar on cane pruning, Pinot Noir comparison tasting of free run versus press fraction juice, followed by lunch on the mountain.

2:00 - 5:00 pm: Veritas Vineyard & Winery

  • Méthode Champenoise cellar seminar with disgorgement, Viognier blind tasting comparisons, exploration of vintage variability and ageability of Virginia wine.

5:00 - Closing time: The Farmhouse at Veritas

  • Refreshments, dinner, riveting conversation, closing remarks.


Wednesday, April 17th

8:00 am - 10:00 am: Coffee & pastries - Wolftrap Farm

11:00 am: Check-out & departure