The Appellation Trail is a unique wine route that connects six artisanal wineries in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Located just 20 minutes west of Charlottesville (by car), each winery takes great pride in a personalized tasting room experience and welcomes visitors to some of the most beautiful vistas on the East Coast. The wines are of the highest quality - each with a different emphasis and style, made by some of Virginia's finest winemakers.
Just out the Barracks/Garth Road corridor, the winding trail is dotted with views of the Shenandoah National Park, lakes, quaint country stores and farms with fresh local produce.
Wineries are: Stinson Vineyards, White Hall Vineyards and Mountfair Vineyards (part I) and Glass House Winery, Grace Estate Winery, Moss Vineyards (check part II).
In this part one outing you can bike half of the Trail, stopping and wine tasting at Stinson, White Hall and Mountfair Vineyards.
Road, mountain and hybrid bikes should be OK. The total distance on the roads (VA 810/668/671/665/614) should be 10-15 miles. Take the route a moderate pace, and expect about 1.5 hours in the saddle on the road (see maps linked above). Check out the rough elevation profile online.
There is $5 charge for wine tasting at each winery (sometimes you can use it as a credit to buy a bottle), but on this outing you should not wine-sip at all wineries - really, if you don't want to participate in tastings, it's OK. You can bring snacks and beverages for a picnic - and stop, relax and sit/lay down at some point on the trip ;8-)
Meetups and Other Groups: Charlottesville Bicycle Club