Drive about 30-minutes Southwest of Charlottesville, and you’ll find a quaint winery at the end of a narrow gravel road. Located in North Garden, Wisdom Oak Winery is a small family owned and operated winery. Right past Walnut Creek Park on the right, you’ll see a sign pointing to the road on which the vineyard is located. Once you turn right, it will quickly become apparent that the road is only big enough for one car to fit. If you meet another vehicle on your way up to the winery, prepare yourself to throw that baby in reverse! Although the road is a bit tricky, you don’t have to go too far before you reach the Wisdom Oak Winery at the end of the road. And trust us, it’s worth it!
Jason and Laura Lavallee are the owners of the vineyard, and there who you’ll be seeing when you step into the tasting room. Friendly and knowledgeable, they will make you feel right at home. Despite a relatively small tasting room, the bar crafted out of a cork tree warms the room. A few tables are scattered about inside, with room for tastings at the bar. At most wineries in the area, the owners aren’t going to be pouring the tasting, so take the opportunity to ask them questions and learn more about the wine that you’re drinking.
What’s on the Menu?
Although the vineyard is small, Wisdom Oak actually offers an extensive variety of wines that everyone can enjoy. For white wine drinkers, the Viognier, Chardonnay, Chardonnay Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, and North Garden White will interest you. Those that prefer a bolder, more red wine would enjoy the North Garden Red, Cabernet Franc, and Meritage. If you need an after-dinner drink, the two desserts wines — the Savona and the Tinti — are an excellent choice for any occasion. They also have a few select food items available, such as cheese and crackers.
Wine Club at Wisdom Oak Winery
There are two tiers of Wine Club membership available. The Barrel Club is the most affordable option, with a commitment to four shipments a year of three bottles each. So, in total, that would be purchasing a total of 12 bottles of wine annually. Benefits of the Barrel Club include a 15% discount on all winery purchases, free tasting for you and a friend when you visit, updates about upcoming releases, exclusive access to limited release wines, a tour of the winery, and discounted special event prices.
A step above the Barrel Club, the Cellar Club requires a purchase of six bottles of wine a quarter for a total of 24 bottles a year. This comes with a higher discount rate of 20% on winery purchases and offers all the same benefits of the Barrel Club.
What really makes this wine club special is the ability to switch out the selected wines if you prefer another type of wine instead. You have the freedom to custom pick your wines for the shipment, or let the owners decide and get a complete surprise! The focus is on improving the customer experience by making certain you get a wine that you will undoubtedly enjoy. Every. Single. Time.
If it’s beautiful weather, you can buy a bottle and drink on the patio while looking over the beautiful landscape. Looking at the towering oak tree on the property, you can see where the winery gets its name. They say good things come in small packages, and this certainly rings true for Wisdom Oak Winery.
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