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“What a rip-off!” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jefferson Vineyards

Jefferson Vineyards
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Owner description: In 1774, Thomas Jefferson, one of America's first wine connoisseurs, convinced Italian Philip Mazzei to establish a vineyard on our property. With the financial support of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Thomas Adams and other prominent colonists, the Virginia Wine Company was founded on present day Jefferson Vineyards. Today Jefferson Vineyards is a boutique, family owned winery. We have been creating nationally recognized, quality Virginia wines from classic varietals for over thirty five years, and are considered a pioneer of the Virginia wine industry. We are located between Monticello (home of Thomas Jefferson) and Ash Lawn (home of James Monroe). We open daily for tastings, from 11AM - 6PM. Tastings are $10 and include a souvenir wine glass. We offer mostly dry wines. Tours are not currently offered. We look forward to your visit.
easton, maryland
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“What a rip-off!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2011

This winery falsely capitalizes on the great name of Thomas Jefferson! Yes, these vineyards are on land once part of Monticello and where Thomas Jefferson once planted grape vines. BUT...the people who started this vineyard/winery BOUGHT the rights to use his name! THERE IS NO OTHER CONNECTION TO THOMAS JEFFERSON!
The wines are very average...they charge one of the highest prices for a tasting, $10/person, and the tasting experience is very disorganized. We got the sense that the people in the Tasting Room were tired of tourists and just wanted to sell wine. Some were rude. With all the very good wineries in Virginia don't waste your money, time or tasting pleasure at this rip-off.

Visited September 2011
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“Expenive for the tasting, wines mediocre.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2011

They charged double what the local wineries charged for tasting. The glass wasn't personalized, staff was friendly but not the most knowledgeable about the wines. The wine was the same as others in price but taste didn't compare in my opinion. Much better wineries such as veritas.

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United States
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“Way over hyped and over priced.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2011

Way over hyped and over priced. Better wines around the corner.

My wife and I stopped at Jefferson Vineyards on Mothers Day while visiting our daughter. We have visited numerous wineries throughout Virginia and are not unfamiliar with the typical wine tasting experience. I had heard from others to avoid a stop at Jefferson Vineyards, but my wife wanted to stop and give it a chance.

The wine tasting fee was $10 per person with a plain (not personalized for Jefferson) "Reidel" glass thrown in to keep. Other vineyards' fees were less AND you received a personalized glass. There were about 8 wines to taste. Our "server" was an immature ditzy young woman who wanted nothing more than to finish the session as quickly as possible. To this end, each pour was the smallest I have ever received (less than a sip).

I really did not find one wine that deserved their self-promoted buzz. Some were just.....bad. All were overpriced compared to other Virginia wines.

I would suggest going to some of the other wineries in the area and skipping this one. Go to Blenheim or Barboursville for great wines, bigger pours, relaxed pace, and friendly, knowledgeable people.

Visited May 2011
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Portland, Oregon
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“Ok wines, too crowded, not a great indoor atmosphere”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2011

The inside tasting room is small and was very crowded. The service with wines was not very good and it was jam packed. The outdoor area was very nice, and the cashier ringing up the tasting and souvenirs was nice. If you can buy a bottle and sit outside, it's worth it. Try to hit it early or late, when it may be less crowded. The area is beautiful, but the tasting room is my least favorite in the area, as are the wines.

Visited September 2010
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“enjoyable! quality wines, beautiful location.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2011

Granted it was a gloomy day, and the area is has yet to awaken for spring...

Staff was nice enough. Felt a little rushed. Wish they had given some instructions for the 2 first timers in our group or gone more in depth about the samples for our 4 enthusiasts. Staff admitted that since its small, they don't like to take too much time talking about each wine.

It IS a small place and can get a little crowded. Large pillars separate the tasting counter. Best to go with a party no bigger than 4 so you can all stand at the same counter. Clean and cozy.

The wines were all delicious We stayed and enjoyed a bottle on the outdoor patio, and took 4 home.

The best part, tasting fee was only $10 and included a nice Reidel wine glass to take home. (wish it was engraved Jefferson Winery)

Will surely be back when everything is in bloom, I'm sure its beautiful!

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