While other areas of Virginia are replete (even overly replete) with wineries these days, the Peninsula remains largely bereft of them -- especially outside of New Kent County. So, it's not surprising that the Williamsburg Winery sees considerable amounts of traffic. The winery is located amid some bucolic countryside only few miles south of Colonial Williamsburg.
My wife and I recently visited the winery. We were guests at the adjacent Wedmore Place and received complimentary tasting and tour tickets.
The tour featured a short orientation film, a walk through a large room available for wedding events and other group functions, a walk through the wine cellars, a pass by both the bottling room and the cellar space where reserve tastings are done, and a visit to a small museum room. Our guide was engaging and very knowledgeable about the winery, the history of the property, and the tasting selections. I appeciated picking up some facts about the winemaking process, the lifespan of oak barrels, and how the shape of wine bottles evolved.
The tasting proved to be a below average experience compared with other wineries. We were in a large group with about a dozen other people, and it was difficult to engage (even casually) the tour guide/pourer because of the number of guests she needed to serve simultaneously. With that said, the pours were generous enough for the palette to gain an adequate taste of the winery's offerings.
The one facet of the visit I found a bit off-putting was the continuous marketing of the winery's other business ventures. On the tour we were told about Wedmore Place, we were told about the property's restaurants on two separate occasions, we were shown and told about the reception room available for rent, we were shown and told about the space in the wine cellar where the more expensive reserve wine tastings are held, and we were encouraged to visit the retail area on our way out. I understand that the winery is a business and that a "captive" audience provides a great opportunity to market that business; however, the marketing approach employed bordered on being a too pushy -- at least to me.
Nevertheless, I recommend a visit to the winery for adults visiting the Williamsburg area. You'll be treated to an experience unique from the area's other attractions, and you'll be exposed to a decent selection of Virginia wines.
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