Williamsburg Winery is a must-visit for its world-class wine, fine dining and lodging in a setting filled with colonial history.
Officially called the Williamsburg Winery at Wessex Hundred, this is one of the largest in the state, producing more than 50,000 cases annually. Quality, however, is not sacrificed for quantity. This is a definite winery of note.
Unaffiliated with Colonial Williamsburg, the winery’s tasting room/wine shop operation is a well-oiled machine. It is here, in the wine shop, that tickets must be purchased for the tour and tasting. All events take place at timed intervals, so when you purchase a ticket you are scheduled for a tour or tasting event at a specific time.
A $12 ticket buys a video presentation, tour of the cellar room and production area, access to a small museum area, and a sampling of several of the nearly 30 wines that Williamsburg produces. You get to keep the glass.
The sampling is a nice overview, including some of the biggest sellers (such as Virginia’s best selling wine, Governors White), a couple of the high-enders, and one or two just for fun, like the true-tasting raspberry wine. A reserve tasting in the cellar room is available by appointment for $15.
With its restaurants and lodging, the winery serves as its own getaway destination. The Gabriel Archer Tavern on property serves lunch. Try for a seat on the outdoor patio. Cafe Provencal, at Wedmore Place, offers white tablecloth dining daily except Monday.
Picnic areas on the winery grounds are available if you’d rather bring your own, and private parties and weddings are more than welcome.
The on-site lodging at Wedmore Place offers 28 upscale overnight accommodations, all with wood burning fireplace, king sized bed and individual decor reflecting different geographical areas, as well as different periods of history.
Thanks to Nancy Bauer for developing the original draft.