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Posted on: October 1, 2019

October is Virginia Wine Month

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Did you know that Virginia is a wine destination unlike any other with nearly 300 wineries? Wineries in Virginia are surrounded by beautiful views and majestic scenery (from mountains to rivers and everything in between). There are wineries in quaint small towns and near historic sites. Virginia is the sixth-largest wine region in the United States and generates $1.37 billion in economic impact and 8,218 jobs for the Commonwealth.

The Williamsburg Winery in James City County was purchased by Patrick and Peggy Duffeler in 1983. The first vineyards were planted in 1985 and the first harvest was in 1987.

The Williamsburg Winery has won many awards over the years. Most notably, the 2010 Adagio was the winner of the 2014 Virginia Governor’s Cup. The Gabriel Archer Reserve is also an award-winning wine. The wines of the Williamsburg Winery have won more than 200 awards and accolades over the years.

Suggestions on How to Celebrate Virginia Wine Month at the Williamsburg Winery

  • Plan to attend the Harvest Celebration on Friday, Oct. 11 from 5-8 p.m. on the Wessex Lawn. This event is $40 but includes unlimited food and one glass of wine. The Second Annual Oyster Roast is another event option on Sunday, Oct. 20 from 3-7 p.m.
  • Try one of two new Viogniers that were released at the end of August: the 2018 Virginia Viognier and the 2018 Wessex Hundred Viognier.
  • Enjoy a weekend gathering with friends on the new 1619 Wine Pavilion. There is live music every Friday.  
  • Learn about wine and enjoy a tasting on one of the many tours and tastings. There are a variety of options and price points including two brand new introduction and experience tours.
  • Experience an outstanding meal at Café Provencal. Café Provencal was selected as one of the “Top 10 Best Winery Restaurants” in a 2019 USA Today 10Best contest and it was also featured in Wine Spectator’s 8 Outstanding Winery Restaurants” in their May 2018 issue.
  • Plan a Sunday brunch with friends at the Gabriel Archer Tavern.
  • Join the Williamsburg Winery Wine Club! They offer three tiers of membership for customers that wish to seek a broader familiarity with Williamsburg Winery wines designed to meet all budgets and levels of interest.
  • Buy your tickets for an upcoming event! The Thanksgiving dinner sounds incredible.
  • Celebrate a special occasion with a stay at Wedmore Place. There are 28 uniquely designed rooms and suites each named after a different province in Europe.
  • The Williamsburg Winery is part of both the Williamsburg Tasting Trail and the Colonial Wine Trail. The Williamsburg Tasting Trail includes other nearby producers of mead, craft beer and spirits. The Colonial Wine Trail includes Saude Creek Vineyards (Lanexa), New Kent Winery (New Kent County), James River Cellars (Richmond) and the Williamsburg Winery.

The Williamsburg Winery is over 40 acres of vineyards, an on-site garden, a hotel and two restaurants, Café Provencal and the Gabriel Archer Tavern all set on Wessex Hundred, a 300-acre farm. The Williamsburg Winery opened in 1988 and is open year round. There are numerous sites on the property for group tastings, weddings and private events. Additionally, the Williamsburg Winery hosts a variety of special events throughout the year that are open to the public.

For more information about the Williamsburg Winery, please visit their website or Facebook page.

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