After eating our delicious lunch at Palladio Restaurant; it was time to explore the grounds and try some delicious wines. We decided to walk on over to the “ruins” first to walk off some of the grub. Soon we were able to see the remains of James Barbour’s mansion (Governor of Virginia at the time) which was designed by Thomas Jefferson. The home is famous for the octagon shaped drawing room in the front of the house, similar to that of Monticello, an architectural design that Jefferson was known for. Construction of the estate started in 1814 and was completed in 1821. Unfortunately, the beautiful home was destroyed by a fire in 1884 (Christmas Day no less!!)
A far amount of the exterior brick shell remains and it is fairly easy to image what the mansion would have looked like in years past. Hello big beautiful fireplaces in each room!
Before heading to the tasting room, we were able to see a peek through the bushes of the beautiful, historic 1804 Inn which is also on the vineyard property. What a dream it would be to relax on one of those porches for a weekend or stay in one of the adorable historic cottages.
Soon we were back at the tasting room. If you are able to eat lunch at Palladio Restaurant, (which is located on the vineyard property as well) beforehand, do it! Why you ask? Because your tasting fee will be waived! The tasting includes 21 samples of different wines. Yes you heard me right… 21! Barboursville Vineyards produces a wide variety of wines in addition to delicious reds and whites; such as refreshing sparkling wine (highly recommend the Brut Rosé) and dessert wines that are sure to help take care of your sweet tooth. Of course, I ended up taking a few bottles home with me (The Cabernet Sauvignon & Pinot Grigio). Do not forget to have you wine glass wrapped up at the check out counter; I just love that I have a memento from the day. We had such a great time and could not have asked for a prettier day. Thank you Barboursville Vineyards!