Virginia wineries number close to 100 and are a great way to experience the Virginia countryside. Winery tours in Virginia are offered all over the state with a variety of options and themes for visitors, including Virginia winery tours for anniversaries, weddings, retreats and more. Wineries in Virginia are also a wonderful place to experience world-class cuisine and to share a local wine with the one you love.
Being that there are so many Virginia wineries to choose from, some visitors have a tough time deciding on just one Virginia winery to visit. The following is a list of a few wonderful wineries in Virginia, but is by no means a comprehensive list and should be considered a starting point for winery tours in Virginia.
First Colony Winery:
Rolling fields, shaded patios, a spacious tasting room, award winning wines and a friendly staff are just a few of the offerings awaiting visitors to this Virginia winery. Located in southern Albemarle County, just 10 miles from Charlottesville, VA, First Colony Winery hosts private parties, weddings, banquets, cooking classes, and a Vintage Virginia Wine Festival. First Colony Winery is open every day for tours and tastings at no charge. Directions: Located 15 minutes from downtown Charlottesville just south of Monticello. Take I-64 and then take exit 121 (Rt. 20 south) towards Scottsville. Continue 10 miles past Visitor's Center to right on Rt. 720. First Colony Winery is one mile at end of road.
Winery tours in Virginia could not be complete without a visit to the Williamsburg Winery. This Virginia winery is Virginia's largest with an annual production of 60,000 cases. The Williamsburg Winery accounts for almost one-quarter of all wine production in Virginia. Established in 1985 by the Duffeler family, the first wine produced was the Governor's White. Released in 1988, the Governor's White won a Gold Medal within two weeks and is now considered the most popular wine made at the winery. A Virginia wine tour and tastings at the Williamsburg Winery are available daily for a fee (starting at $7 for a tour, with additional charges for tastings) April - October on Mon-Sat 10.30am-5pm Sunday 11.30am - 5pm and November - March Mon-Sat 10.30am - 4pm Sunday 11.30am-4pm.
A Virginia wine tour in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia is a superb way to start off or complete a tour of Virginia Wineries. This Virginia winery makes their wine from grapes grown in the Shenandoah Valley on 27 acres of winery land. Eleven varieties of grapes are grown in the vineyard, mostly Riesling, Vidal, Seyval, Villard Blanc, as well as newly planted Cabernet Sauvignon. A tour of the winery will show you how the grapes are grown, harvested, and processed. Once bottled, this Virginia winery invites guests to sample a taste of Shenandoah Valley wine. This Virginia winery also offers special event weekends with wine and cheese tastings available to all Virginia wine tour enthusiasts for a small fee. The winery opens at 10am and closes at 6pm daily. The winery is located halfway between Winchester, VA. and Harrisonburg, VA off of interstate I-81.
There are of course many more wonderful Virginia wineries and winery tours in Virginia to choose from. For a more comprehensive list of wineries in Virginia and Virginia wine tour information please contact the Virginia Wineries Association located in Alexandria, Virginia. You can also inquire about the many Virginia wine festivals and seasonal offerings available to Virginia winery goers including the Vintage Virginia Wine Festival located at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia complete with musical offerings, wine tastings, and scrumptious food. For more information, contact the Vintage Virginia Organization in Centreville.
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