Born in the Netherlands, Kirsty has spent a majority of her life in Charlottesville. After graduating from the University of Virginia in 1998 with a degree in biology, Kirsty developed an appreciation for wine through a job that allowed her to apprentice with famed Virginia winemaker Gabriele Rausse.
After making wine for several years in Virginia, Kirsty moved west to pursue formal training at the University of California at Davis, where she graduated with an M.S. in Viticulture and Enology in 2007. After graduation, Kirsty spent six months at Domaine Faiveley in Nuits St. Georges, France as a recipient of the 2007 Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin Scholarship. In Spring 2008, she worked as a harvest intern at Craggy Range Winery in New Zealand as a recipient of the Dough Wisor Memorial Scholarship. Kirsty officially joined Blenheim Vineyards as winemaker in June of 2008.
Tracey Love unofficially joined the Blenheim crew during the 2011 harvest, helping out on the sorting line and picking grapes. A certified sommelier and wine enthusiast, she came on as a full-time member of the staff in 2012, first coordinating winery events and has now moved onto directing wine sales and distribution. She also lends a hand in the winery when needed.
Tracey runs a roving farm dinner event company called Hill & Holler, tying together local chefs, farmers, and Virginia wineries with a dinner series supporting food & agricultural organizations.
She is passionate about all things wine and food related, and spends any remaining free time cooking, learning, and hiking in the mountains near her farmhouse in Greenwood, VA.
Before joining the Blenheim team in August 2015, Ellen spent the past 10 years working in management for a local non-profit. What started out as a weekend job pouring Painted Red and Painted White, turned into a fulltime position as the tasting room manager in August 2016. A Boston native, Ellen also has a love of horses, marathon running … and the Boston Red Sox. A competitive rider for most of her life, Ellen rode on the equestrian team at Goucher College, where she earned a degree in developmental psychology. Ellen plays an active part in the local community, volunteering for the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA and Building Goodness Foundation. She also is a longtime volunteer and past president of the Charlottesville Track Club.
Amanda Gray has been involved with the Charlottesville event scene for over 7 years, and has served as a premiere wedding planner responsible for many weddings and events in the area. She caters to her clients’ style – from rustic receptions to elegant black tie affairs. We are excited to have her on board. Amanda can be reached directly at 434.962.4241 or email@example.com
Mimi joined the Blenheim crew in November of 2015 after finishing harvest as assistant winemaker for at Afton Mountain Vineyards. Mimi began her career in organic production at Forest Green Farm in Louisa, Virginia in 2009 where she managed the broiler chicken operation and assisted in herbaceous plant production. She went on to attend Virginia Tech the following year where she received a degree in Environmental Horticulture. Throughout her four years, Mimi worked for the Virginia Tech Dairy and for an organic, local blueberry farm.
After taking courses under Tony Wolf, a viticultural extension agent for central Virginia, Mimi worked for King Family Vineyards as Tasting Room Manager. Here, she took the Certified Wine Specialist course through the Society of Wine Educators and worked in the cellar under Matthieu Finot until May of 2015. She was then offered an internship position under Gabriele Rausse at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello for the summer where she worked in the vineyards on Montalto as well as the historical vineyards below the vegetable garden. Mimi aims to bring Blenheim to Sustainable methods of grape production with the help of organic and biodynamic consultant, Robbie Corpora and her pup, Sully.
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
Directions From Charlottesville
- Take VA-20 South (1 mi)
- Turn left at VA-53 (3.2 mi)
- Slight right at James Monroe Pkwy (2.6 mi)
- Continue on Carter’s Mountain Rd.
- Turn left at Blenheim Rd. (0.6 mi)
- Slight left at Blenheim Farm (135 ft)
$7 per person
Open daily 11am –5:30pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day
Closed from December 24, 2016 - January 4, 2017
No tours are available at this time
Groups of 8 or more require a reservation.
Reservation fee is $25 per person in advance and includes tasting.
Reservation times are at 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, and 4:00pm.
Maximum group size is 16.
Please call 434-293-5366 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation.
Event Space Rental
For private events, please contact
our Event Coordinator, Amanda Gray: