About Glass House Winery
Glass House Winery is a boutique winery in the heart of the Monticello Wine Trail in central Virginia. We craft artisan wines made solely from grapes grown on our property and in our region. We now have 12 acres under vine on site (the most recent 6 acres just planted in April 2012) and have chosen grapes that bring out the best of the terroir in our region. We cultivate these grapes with meticulous care, while striving to treat the Earth as respectfully and gently as possible in the process.
Owners Jeff and Michelle Sanders moved to Virginia in 2006. They were awed by the lush landscape, the
beauty of the Blue Ridge and the friendliness of the people. While searching for a way to marry Jeff’s botanical skills with Michelle’s love of creating unique chocolates, the couple discovered Virginia’s promising wine industry. It was a perfect match and Glass House Winery was born.
With a tropical flair, artisan wines and chocolates and a very distinctive setting, Glass House is a truly one-of-a-kind winery. We offer estate wines, blends, a very unique chocolate wine and Glass House Winery’s own brand of handmade chocolates. Click here to read a few articles about us. We are open on Thursdays through Sundays (and holiday Mondays) noon-5:30 p.m, and until 9pm on Fridays. Tastings are $8 ($10 if you want to take home the logo etched wine glass) and include a sample of our hand-crafted chocolate. Group tastings for 15 or more people must e-mail our tasting room manager here for scheduling in advance. Bring a picnic and enjoy our patio seating while you enjoy our wines by the glass or by the bottle.
(Some may be sold out at any given time) 2014 Pinot Gris – 100% Pinot Gris grapes estate grown.
2013/14 Viognier – 100% Viognier grapes estate grown, some aged in oak and some in stainless steel, blended.
2013 Vino Signora – 75% Traminette grapes estate grown, with 20% Vidal Blanc & 5% Chardonnay grown on nearby vineyards. Lightly sweet, with 2.5% residual sugar. 2014 Chardonnay – 100% Chardonnay, estate grown, a blend of oaked and un-oaked chardonnay to bring out the best of both styles. This wine is both full-bodied and smooth with notes of caramel. 2013 E-Ville Pink Drink – Blend of Cabernet Franc & Merlot grapes estate grown and completely dry! This rosé was left on the skins for only a few hours to impart color, and the result is a very citrusy light dry wine. 2014 C-Villian – 100% Chambourcin grapes, estate grown. A great food wine. 2013 One Lane Bridge – Named after the Free Union One Land Bridge, 100% Blaufrankish (an eastern European origin grape) grown on a nearby vineyard, this has strawberry on the nose and dried cherry in the mid-palette with a hint of smokiness. Pair with red meats or game, strong pastas. 2012 Twenty-First – a Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Malbec grapes grown on our own and nearby vineyards. Named after the 21st amendment, the repeal of prohibition. 2012 Barbera – a beautiful Italian style Barbera with bright cherry fruit, lightly spicy and leathery, with a long finish. 75% Barbera estate grown with 13% Merlot & 12% Malbec grown on nearby vineyards. 2012 Amici – a beautiful blend of 1/3 Merlot & 2/3 Malbec both from nearby vineyards, forming a lasting friendship in the bottle, to be shared with the best of friends. 2014 Meglio del Sesso – a chocolate dessert wine made with 100% Norton grapes and real chocolate. 2012 Ancora Meglio – a fortified chocolate dessert wine aged in bourbon barrels. 17.5% alc. 2012 Bellezza – a port-style fortified wine made with Norton, Chambourcin and Cabernet Franc, all either estate grown or on nearby vineyards. This wine is smooth, full-bodied, and beautiful. Grape-neutral brandy was added to stop fermentation and leave some of the natural sugars. 17.2% alc.
Where to Find Our Wines
Our wines are distributed to the following stores around Charlottesville (but call them to find out what they have in stock at any given time):
The Virginia Shop in the Barracks Road Shopping Center (434) 977-0080 and on the Downtown Mall (434) 529-6951 (hint: they can ship anywhere in the U.S.)
Hunt Country Corner at 2048 Garth Road (434) 296-1648
Wine Made Simple at 2214 Ivy Road Suite 108 (434) 296-9463
Historic Michie Tavern General Store at 683 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy (434) 977-1234
Take It Away Sandwich Shop at 1115 Elliewood Ave (434) 295-1899
We are currently offering six varieties of gourmet chocolates, hand crafted by our own in-house chocolatier.
Red Wine Cream – a buttercream center made from Norton wine and dark chocolate, enrobed in 72% dark chocolate.
Earl Grey – a ganache made with cream steeped with earl grey tea, enrobed in 72% dark chocolate.
Salted Caramel – homemade caramel blended with white chocolate and sea salt, enrobed in 72% dark chocolate.
Espresso-Kahlua – a ganache made with espresso and Kahlua liquer, enrobed in 72% dark chocolate.
Rum & Coconut – milk chocolate ganache with toasted coconut and dark rum enrobed in 72% dark chocolate (not in the 4-piece box).
Raspberry Champagne - milk chocolate ganache with raspberry liqueur, with coated carbonated ‘fizz’ bubbles inside if you’re patient enough to wait for them (not in the 4-piece box).
All our chocolates except the Raspberry Champagne are decorated with designs made from edible colored cocoa butter. The Raspberry Champagne is decorated with tiny edible pastry balls that look like champagne bubbles.
If you want custom boxes, made with a different mix of our flavors, you must call or e-mail ahead of time. Our staff cannot accommodate custom requests during tasting room hours. Our chocolatier will be happy to have your requests ready by the following day.