May 31, 2009

Blog Header - May 31, 2009

Today’s header is a photo I took at the Barboursville Vineyard and Winery in Barboursville, Virginia. This gorgeous estate was once owned by Governor Barbour, close personal friend of Thomas Jefferson. In one part of the estate you can walk through the ruins of a small duplicate of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello—complete with octagonal central area with two wings extending to either side. Jefferson built this house for Governor Barbour and Barbour’s family lived in it until it burned down on Christmas Eve a few decades later.

The Barboursville estate fell into disrepair and ruin for quite some time until the mid 1980s when an Italian winemaker purchased the estate and established the Barboursville Vineyards and Winery. This winery now produces some of the best wine our country has to offer. In fact, the wine expert from the 5-star Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia, has declared Barboursville Octagon wine to be the best wine available in the world.

If you’re interested in visiting this beautiful vineyard, you’ll find it just a few miles north of Charlottesville along Rt. 29. It’s well worth the visit.

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