Whenever we're in the Charlottesville area, a must-stop is Cardinal Point Winery. It's a bit of an out of the way drive, but if you're planning a day of touring vineyards you can hit this one along with a number of others in the region - best bets Flying Fox, Veritas, Pollak, King Family, and maybe Afton Mountain Vineyards if you have time. I like Cardinal Point for their whites and for the inviting winery with lots of green space. It's easier to take our little one with us - they keep a toy box in the tasting room. Smart.
If I had to choose a favorite wine from CP, it's a toss-up between the Quattro: their signature four-grape blend (Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, Viognier, and Traminette) or the straight-up Viognier. You'll probably hear me talk a lot about Viognier on Wednesdays, since it seems to be the best-growing varietal in Virginia. In a good batch you'll get citrus and maybe some honeysuckle on the nose and palate. Great with cheese or by itself.