Williamsburg Winery is one of the largest in the state, producing more than 65,000 cases, or about 15% of all wines sold annually Virginia. (Here's a fun fact to lend a little Virginia industry perspective: Virginia wineries cumulatively sold about 550,000 cases in 2016, while California's Gallo wines alone produces more than 75 MILLION cases a year.)
The same process-focus that brought about the volume success for Williamsburg is also evident in their tasting room/wine shop operation. It's a well-oiled machine. We were so used to the more casual approach of most Virginia wineries, we hung around the tasting room for a good while before figuring out we needed to buy a timed ticket in the retail shop.
Your ticket (available online) buys a video presentation, tour of the cellar room and production area, access to a small museum area, and a sampling of several of nearly 30 wines that Williamsburg produces. You get to keep the glass, and the tours are free for guests under 21 (who will, of course, not be drinking.)
The sampling is a nice overview, including some of the biggest sellers (such as Virginia's best selling wine, Governor's White), a couple of the high-enders, and one or two just for fun, like the true-tasting raspberry wine. The 2010 Adagio, a premium Bordeaux-style red blend, won the 2014 Governor's Cup for best wine in Virginia.
A reserve tasting in the cellar room is available by appointment.
Like Colonial Williamsburg nearby (no affiliation), the winery is growing into a “come and stay" destination in its own right. Lunch is available daily at the Gabriel Archer Tavern across the lane. Try for a seat on the outdoor patio.
The on-site Wedmore Place
offers 28 upscale overnight accommodations, all with wood burning fireplace, king sized bed and individual decor reflecting different geographical areas, as well as different periods of history.
Cafe Provencal, at Wedmore Place, offers white tablecloth dining.
Picnic areas on the winery grounds are available if you'd rather bring your own, and private parties and weddings are more than welcome.
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