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Virginia Wineworks

1781 Harris Creek Way, Charlottesville, VA 22902-7878
+1 434-296-3438
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I am a fan of Michael Shaps wines

After a taste of his Viognier at the Salamander Resort in Middleburg, VA, I wanted to visit his... read more

Reviewed November 14, 2017
HyMaryland
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Rockville, Maryland
Remote, sparse, but interesting

Small rustic winery off the beaten path. Other reviewers are right - the wine is expensive. We... read more

Reviewed October 12, 2017
HootieToo
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Mentor, Ohio
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Located just south of Charlottesville, Virginia, Michael Shaps Wineworks is Virginia's first and largest custom contract winemaking operation. Known for his innovation in the industry, Michael Shaps introduced the "bag in a box" to Virginia wine consumers and most recently introduced a refillable wine growler. Michael is the winner of more Gold medals in the 2015 Virginia Governor's Cup wine competition than any other Virginia winery, and has been featured in numerous national publications. In addition to the Virginia winery, Michael owns a winery in Burgundy, France and imports these wines to the United States. Guests are welcome to taste the Virginia wines or the Burgundy wines.
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1781 Harris Creek Way, Charlottesville, VA 22902-7878
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Reviewed November 14, 2017

After a taste of his Viognier at the Salamander Resort in Middleburg, VA, I wanted to visit his winery. We enjoyed the tasting and speaking with his daughter. We appreciated the restaurant suggestions too. We will be back and are debating joining the wine club.

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Reviewed October 12, 2017

Small rustic winery off the beaten path. Other reviewers are right - the wine is expensive. We bought a couple bottles of their white wine, but didn't get any red because we didn't think it was worth the price. The other couple on our visit...More

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Reviewed September 4, 2017

Stopped at Michael Shaps Wine Works Extended (on Avon Street in Charlottesville) on 9/1/17 and 9/3/17. This location is in addition to the more "rustic" tasting room on Harris Creek Way. Very convenient location just off I-64. This location is never crowded. We refilled our...More

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Reviewed August 6, 2017 via mobile

I'll say it up front - we did not enjoy this tasting. Though it is a working vineyard, the tasting room was rather unwelcoming. It felt like an impersonal afterthought and the man handling our tasting was pretty impersonal uppity too. Perhaps the attitude works...More

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Reviewed June 5, 2017 via mobile

Michael Shaps 2014 was the Virginia white wine we served at our wedding in 2015. Loved this tasting because the staff was very knowledgeable and personable. We were able to taste wines from Michael Shaps French vineyards. The only French wines we tasted on our...More

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Reviewed May 29, 2017

We stopped at Michael Shaps WineWorks (extended on Avon Street) on 5/28. There are two locations. The one on Harris Creek Road and the "new" one on Avon Street. We really enjoy their unique and different wines. Tasting room is small, but well done with...More

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Reviewed October 17, 2016

We were doing an afternoon winery tour after spending the day at Monticello. Prior to Michael Shaps we had visited Trump and First Colony, and had enjoyed both stops. Michael Shaps did not disappoint. Tasting room - The tasting room is very basic, and I...More

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Reviewed October 13, 2016

I like VA wine, I really do, but I think a $50+ bottle of wine should be exceptional, not just good but exceptional. These are good solid wines that will get better with age and, yes the experience is worth something, but I am seriously...More

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Reviewed August 6, 2016

Stopped at Michael Shaps in July 2016. The tasting room is not elaborate, but has a great history (old signs, metal siding from local historic buildings). Cassandra told us all about the construction. We liked the "homey" feel and felt very welcome. Cassandra, the manager,...More

Thank virginian9
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Reviewed July 28, 2016

Others are correct that the tasting room is small and unimpressive. Also, the elderly gentleman employee who was pouring was a real talker. In fact, he talked so much that my husband had to make a quick exit. The white blend called "Odette" was delicious!...More

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