The first vines in Virginia may have been planted here in 1619 at Wessex Hundred, the colonial name of the property on which Williamsburg Winery resides. During the Revolutionary war French troops marched through Wessex Hundred on their way to rendevous with Lafayette for the Battle of Yorktown. Williamsburg Winery began planting vines in 1985 and today produces some of the finest wines in Virginia. Not only that, they are committed to environmental responsibility through water conservation, energy efficiency, recycling, and minimal use of disposable packaging, pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers.

This Virginia Governor's Cup winner offers three tastings - a Sweet Wines Tasting, a Fine Wines Tasting, and a Reserve Tasting. The Fine Wines Tasting offers some very nice, every day wines at budget-friendly prices. These include a merlot-based Dry Rose with hints of vanilla, strawberry and cinder block and the crisp yet creamy James River White suffused with fresh grapefruit. The John Adlum Chardonnay is a buttery pear stainless Chardonnay. The Susan Constant Red is a great fireside wine made from stainless Sangiovese with cherry, clove, a hint of tobacco, and a slightly puckery dryness. The Arundell Cabernet Sauvignon is earthy with a hint of cranberry. The Gabriel Archer Reserve is an intriguing blend of Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. The Vin Licoreux de Framboise has bright, raspberry flavors and a delicate sweetness.

Located a few miles away from The College of William and Mary and Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg Winery features a spacious, well-managed tasting room, with a separate shop where wines can be purchased. The Gabriel Archer Tavern across from the tasting room features farm-to-fork dining with an outdoor patio. The winery offers weekend events and festivals and is available for weddings and events. Lodging is available at the Wedmore Place hotel located on Wessex Hundred.

Pictured at the top: Williamsburg Winery features the Gabriel Archer Tavern that has an outdoor seating area and offers lunch, Sunday brunch, and a bar menu with locally-sourced ingredients and red and white wine 'flights' or samplings of each of four different Williamsburg wines.

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Williamsburg Winery features a spacious and well-managed tasting room and separate wine shop where wines can be purchased.