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Address: 1781 Harris Creek Way, Charlottesville, VA 22902-7878
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+1 434-296-3438
11:00 - 17:00
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Located just south of Charlottesville, Virginia, Michael Shaps Wineworks is...

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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Not fancy, but an enjoyable visit

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... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2016
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Reviewed 17 October 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 do not mind that. I like smaller wineries that focus more on production, and not... More 

Thank BearcatEd
Fairfax, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 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 rethinking buying VA wine unless I think it is worth the $. Given all that,... More 

2 Thank majiksea
Newport News, Virginia
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Reviewed 6 August 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, handled our tasting. Two tasting menus (French or American ($10 each) or both for $15).... More 

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Reviewed 28 July 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! I wish I had bought more bottles to take home! The surrounding hilly countryside is... More 

Thank anonj
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Reviewed 24 July 2016

This winery has been suggested to us by someone pouring at another winery. He said that the winery had been receiving awards for their wines. The site was modest, to say the least. It is definitely make for production. The tasting included either the wines made locally, or in France, or both. We chose the both option. The staff was... More 

Thank Tom M
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 26 October 2015

All the wines here are great and the hosts are friendly. Kind of nostalgic for their old bare bones tastings held in the barrel room with the wooded plank table (with lower tasting fees and deals if you bought bottles!) but i cant knock them for doing well and classing up the joint.

Thank PlsPassthePinot
florence KY
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Reviewed 9 September 2015

One of the best wineries. I used to live in Virginia but live in Kentucky now. I go to Virginia yearly to get wine and always stop here as Michael Shape makes excellent wine. They have a new tasting room and the people who do the tasting are always very knowledgeable and nic.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 September 2015 via mobile

We were recommended to come here by a winery we very much liked. We were very disappointed. There is nothing wrong with the wine, but the service was unfortunately absolutely appalling. The young lady serving us had no interest in the wine or the customers it seemed. Not knowledgable, not friendly and certainly bad for business. This might have been... More 

2 Thank Unrulybug
Vienna, Virginia
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Reviewed 3 July 2015

Its a french guy from Burgundy who has a winery there too and you can do a vertical tasting for a burgundy style from his VA and from his Burgundian one. (or at least when we were there) Def has some of the more complex one in the area.

Thank Pierre E
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Reviewed 2 July 2015

We work in the wine industry and enjoy seeing what else is out there. We spent a recent Sunday checking out various wineries in the Charlottesville area, and one gal in our group really wanted to try this winery since Michael Shaps buys grapes from a winery we work for, plus he makes our wines. Since we love our own... More 

2 Thank Julie S

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