April is Vineyards Month and the Williamsburg Winery has over 50 acres of vineyards, so why not visit and enjoy some Virginia wine? Currently due to COVID-19 guidelines, traditional tastings are not available; however, tasting flights are available at the outdoor 1619 Wine Pavilion and in the Gabriel Archer Tavern.
Currently, there are nine different types of grapes grown in the vineyards at the Williamsburg Winery:
- Petit Verdot – 11.6 acres
- Traminette – 6.6 acres
- Chardonnay – 6.1 acres
- Tannat – 5.6 acres
- Viognier – 5.5 acres
- Vidal Blanc – 5.4 acres
- Cabernet Franc – 5.2 acres
- Albarino – 3.8 acres
Located in James City County, the Williamsburg Winery 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 is proud to make the Governor’s White, which is one of the bestselling Virginia wines in the state.
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.
About the Williamsburg Winery
The Williamsburg Winery is over 50 acres of vineyards, an open-air wine pavilion, 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 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, visit their website or Facebook page.