Barboursville, conveniently located two hours from Washington, D.C., is more than a vineyard and winery. The 1804 Inn houses overnight guests, and lavish Italian lunches and dinners are served at Palladio Restaurant. The resident chef even hosts monthly cooking classes.
Winemaker Lucia Paschina, who arrived from Piemonte, Italy, in 1990 -- although the winery was founded in 1976 -- drew upon his Italian roots to craft Italian wines like Nebbiolo, Barbera and Sangiovese.
White wines are just as exquisite, including a sparkling Brut and Viognier Reserve. Designed to replicate an Italian farmhouse, but with modern decor, visitors can try these wines (an impressive 16-20 different wines at any given time) in the tasting room before or after a winery tour. Tables and the lawn look out onto the vineyards and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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