In a recent trip to Charlottesville, VA this weekend, I took my mom to visit a few wineries. Absolutely gorgeous weather made for a perfect drive through Albemarle and Nelson counties. We hadn’t planned it, but the road took us from one overly busy winery to quaint Cardinal Point Winery. I’ve seen the signs many times, but we thought we ought to stop in to finally see it.
The winery’s location (no views of rolling mountainsides you’ll find at others) and buildings (more or less warehouse-style structure) leave something to be desired. But despite these initial impressions, it’s clear that it’s a nice place, with friendly people creating a laid-back atmosphere. A small outdoor seating area looks nice for relaxing on warm days.
What impressed me most, fortunately, were the wines. They were all very good. A nice cabernet franc rose, a couple of good, easy-drinking whites and basic reds, and a solid cab franc to end it. A couple of slightly sweet wines (they warned me) didn’t suit me, but that’s just my preference – they were still well made. Reasonably priced bottles were a breath of fresh air as well.
The winery is only a couple miles from others in Nelson County, so don’t forget to stop by. Check out Cardinal Point’s website here.