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“A Unique Visit in the Williamsburg Area”

Williamsburg Winery
Ranked #17 of 99 things to do in Williamsburg
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Owner description: Located on a 320-acre farming site (known locally as Wessex Hundred), Williamsburg Winery is known for its award-winning Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Reviewed February 22, 2013

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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Reviewed January 23, 2013

If you're thinking of having a wedding at a unique venue, you might want to consider the Williamsburg Winery. We have attended a couple of weddings there and had a great time. Good food and great wine! Beautiful large, rustic room just perfect for weddings, especially. And the views from the terrace looking out into the vineyard are lovely. Staff was attentive and helpful.

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Reviewed January 14, 2013

Purchased a lunch & tasting tour for husband for Christmas; the tour was very educational; the tasting broad enough to get an understanding of the many wines produced at the facility. Lunch was a choice of various offerings from a specific menu, but sufficient enough for choices for my husband and myself.

Thank QueenBee0301
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

After a busy day in Jamestown, we stopped off late in the afternoon for a tasting. We received very personal pouring- just my husband and I. We appreciated the background on each wine including some history of the names of the wines. We've been to several tours, so this Rey pleasant, quiet tasting of 7 wines, and ample tastes, was perfect. We bought 6 bottles. (And drank the white the same evening. The Reserve Chardonnay we'll save for home, but it is excellent! It doesn't ae to be a long tour to make this stop a perfect ending to a sightseeing day.

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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Excellent. Do the reserve tasting if time/budget allows. Mark was a stupendous tour guide. Will do this again in the future. Read other reviews for details. Simple opinion, well worth the time, energy, and money. Educational, fun, and satisfying. Do everyone a favor, leave the kids at home...

Thank TcorLeeds
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