The winery is housed next to the Palladio Restaurant and features a large area for tasting - $4 taste fee but you keep the glass and can taste a lot of wines. The wines run a gamut of varietals from riesling to Italian reds - like sangiovese, barbera and niebbiolo. Plenty of grape-oriented souvenirs are included among those cases of wine that you should select.
Just north of the winery and its access road, you can find a small picnic area beside a family cemetery. Here lies the mortal remains of James Barbour who served as Virginia Governor, US Senator from Virginia, as well as Secretary of War and Ambassador to Great Britain. From the cemetery you have a nice view out over to the winery.
James Barbour was definitely one of the Big Boys in this part of Virginia during the early part of the 19th Century. He had a house designed for him by Thomas Jefferson and the house probably gave Madison's Montpelier a serious run for its money as the grandest and most extravagant in Orange County. Sadly, it burnt down in 1884 on Christmas Day. Brick walls remain along with silent columns, all standing mutely in memory of earlier and brighter days. The Barbour family moved to the big house next door that is today the 1804 Inn at Barboursville.
What is an expensive winery without an expensive restaurant? In keeping with the motif of Northern Italian reds that are produced at the winery, the food served here is Northern Italian, too. Lunch is served 12-2.30 pm, Wed through Sat with costs ranging from $33 to $45 depending upon the number of courses you order. Reservations are suggested. Diners are offered Friday and Saturday with reservations being required. they will set you back $65 for four courses - $90 with wine pairings. Not being a lobbyist from Washington and arriving late afternoon midweek, I could only look at the menu and wonder about the hidden gustatorical delights inside. The menus looked quite tasty. Just what one needs to go along with a liberal expense account.