Bring your camera to Hillsborough Vineyards - it's made for pictures. Acres of vineyards leading up to the Blue Ridge provide the cinematic backdrop, and the covered stone patio is the perfect perch to drink it all in. Weathered Adirondack chairs dot the property in cozy, romantic pairs. In colder months, settle in by the tasting room's fireplace.
The crowds of loyalists have gotten so big here that tastings can now be held in a country French-looking dining room on busy weekends. We loved it: seated like humans instead of elbowing up to a bar; nibbling off a tasting plate of cheese and chocolate; talking as long as we liked with the pouring staff, who showed up when our glasses emptied.
On weekends in season, you can order off a small menu of made-to-order treats including bruschetta, panini, and interesting sides.
Table reservations are available for groups who'd like to be seated together in the dining room.
Hillsborough's vineyards are planted with grapes of French origin, including Fer Servadou, Petit Verdot, Tannat, Petit Menseng, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon. Wines are named for gem stones: Garnet is the award-winning Bordeaux-style blend; the well-regarded Bloodstone combines Fer Servadou, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Tannat.
The winery accommodates private parties and weddings. Groups of 8 or more, please call ahead for a reservation.
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