I run Arcady Vineyard B&B and Arcady Vineyard Wine Tours with my husband Chris out of the Monticello Appellation of Virginia. Based just 2.5 miles from Jefferson’s home Monticello, we have a wealth of wineries from which to select for tour routes.
Born in San Francisco, my family was transferred to Bonn, Germany when I was six, and three years later to Bern, Switzerland where we lived until around 1976. Since it was legal in Europe, I spent many enjoyable hours as a teen in the cafés drinking local wine. (I could not afford American coca-cola which, as an import, was much more expensive!) It was a great way to learn to enjoy wine, devoid of the snobbery and attitude so prevalent today. This experience drives me to ensure my tour guests learn that wine is fun, to be enjoyed! No wine snobs need apply!
A college career included studies at Colorado State University and
Hunter College in New York City where I graduated with a liberal arts
degree. My travels led me back to San Francisco and then toHilton
Head, South Carolina, working in the restaurant and hotel industry. I
met my husband Chris in Hilton Head, and we both moved on to live and
work in Tahoe, Mill Valley and Napa, California. In Napa both Chris and
I worked in the hospitality and wine industries.
My desire was realized to own a bed and breakfast inn. After extensive
research and planning in 1999, we discovered Charlottesville,
Virginia’s emerging Wine Country. Realizing that the time had come to
find a site for our business, we traveled to Charlottesville to see if
the location was right for us. Charlottesville strongly reminded me of
my childhood home in Switzerland – town and country, with very little
cookie-cutter suburbs. Drives five minutes outside of the city center
and you have cows grazing in the pastures!
Since moving to Charlottesville in 2000, we have purchased a 13 acre
property near Monticello in a cluster of wineries. Here we have
completed the first phase and opened our Wine Country-themed Bed and
Breakfast, planted a small vineyard of Chambourcin, and have run the
wine tasting tours for 5 years.
I love working in this industry with its easy camaraderie and support.
The wine tours have given me the chance to really learn our local wines
and wineries and watch them evolve over the years.
The industry is
growing and changing so fast that I often feel the more I learn the
less I know!
My goal for the future is to complete the final phase of our bed and
breakfast, continue running our tours, and possibly work on small
individual wine tours overseas. We never tire of discovering new and
exciting foods and wine, how they are created; the history, people and
culture behind them, and sharing them all with our guests!
Arcady Vineyard Wine Tours1376 Sutlers Road
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Arcady Vineyard Bed and Breakfastwww.innarcadyvineyard.com