The Charlottesville Area

The Charlottesville Area Travel Guide

The just-opened Mountfair Vineyards focuses on small-batch, Bordeaux-style blends.

The Warehouse District shop sells flirty silk tops and Frye boots.

in 1770, Jefferson sold some of the land surrounding Monticello, his sprawling Palladian home up in the hills just outside Charlottesville, to an Italian grower whose experiments with hybrid American-European grapes were among the first such plantings this side of the Atlantic.

For more than 40 years, folks have flocked here for hand-rubbed, air-cured meats. Sandwiches are piled high with silky slices; pick up a bone-in whole ham to bring home.

A hive of shops perfect for supplying a picnic basket.

The music scene was fertile here B.D.M.B.—that is, before the Dave Matthews Band, which formed in Charlottesville in the early 1990s. These days, alternative rock, country, and reggae acts—as well as, of course, jam bands—get crowds moving at the Charlottesville Pavilion.

The shop stocks dresses by Alice + Olivia and 3.1 Phillip Lim.

Patricia Kluge, an heiress and philanthropist, entered Virginia's wine game in 1999, and the estate was initially dismissed by many critics as a lark until its wines—sparkling ones, in particular—began consistently garnering ratings in the mid-90's from wine writers.

The winery makes a jammy Petit Verdot.

Artisanal cheese from nearby farms

The music scene was fertile here B.D.M.B.—that is, before the Dave Matthews Band, which formed in Charlottesville in the early 1990s. These days, alternative rock, country, and reggae acts—as well as, of course, jam bands—get crowds moving at the Paramount Theater.

The shop sells John Robshaw quilts and Blissliving bedsheets.

A dimly lit college watering hole.

Tour this Jefferson-built institution.

The shop spikes its ganache bonbons with ancho chile and candied ginger.