Last weekend while exploring the battlefields of the Historic Triangle (Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg) my roommate and I saw signs for the Williamsburg Winery. Curious, I did a quick google search on my phone for the winery to be sure they were open and reset the GPS for our new destination.
We arrived just in time for the 2pm tour and tasting. The tour began with a 10 min video that provided information on the history of the winery and the process from grapes to wine that lasted approximately 10min or so, and then our group was taken around the winery. We were shown where the barrels are stored and informed on the storing process and how long certain wines are left to age, the different tools and machines used to prep, make, bottle, and cork the wine, and ended the tour with a tasting. We tried 7 different types of wine starting with whites, then reds, and ending with a dessert wine. Crackers and smoked Gouda cheese (one of my favorites) were provided as palate cleansers and flavor enhancers. My favorite of the ones we tried was the 2007 Vintage Reserve Chardonnay and the 2006 Gabriel Archer Reserve.
If you’re ever in the area I would highly recommend stopping by and visiting the winery. The trip was so relaxing, the wine was yummy, the staff was pleasant and helpful, and at the end of the tour you get the keep the glass :)
Packages they offer include;
- Tour and Tasting – (offered year-round) $10 per person – No reservation required
- Extensive Tour and Reserve Wine Tasting – $36 per person – Reservation required
- Tour and Tasting with Lunch – $30 oer person (can only be purchased online) – Reservation required
- Overnight Food, Wine, and Escape Package – Call 757 941-0310 to make reservations.
Check out their website for more info.
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“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” — Lawrence Block