It seems New Kent Winery has a Civil War history of its own. In June of 1862 Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart set out with the 9th Virginia Cavalry - along with 'Grey Ghost' John Singleton Mosby - for a 'Ride Around McClellan' reconnaissance. While on their mission, the Confederates raided a store in Talleysville, helping themselves to wine and delicacies. The information they provided to Robert E. Lee would launch the first of the Seven Day's Battles that would drive the Union army into retreat from Richmond.

Part of the Colonial Virginia Wine Trail, and situated on a handsome property about 20 miles (approximately 24 minutes via I-295/64) east of Gaines Mill, the largest of the Seven Day's Battles, this Virginia Governor's Cup winner produces a stainless Chardonnay that's a tropical mouthful with a crisp pucker. They also produce a creamy and earthy Reserve Chardonnay, a strawberry and cinder Meritage red blend, and a Merlot aged in American Oak with a heady scent of brandy. The Vidal Blanc is an easy-sippin' veranda wine. The White Merlot is lightly sweet with an aromatic spiciness, and the Sweet Virginia possesses a cherry-like richness.

New Kent Winery features lots of outdoor seating on broad porches in a park-like setting and offers 'Small Plate Selections' of hummus, meats and cheeses along with tastings. This is a great place to gather with family and friends.

Pictured at the top: Made from heart pine timbers, brick, and copper reclaimed from century-old buildings, the tasting room at New Kent Winery is brand new but with a historic charm.

New Kent Winery vines

New Kent Winery vines awaiting a thunderstorm.