Last August my boyfriend and I took a mini-vacation in Williamsburg, VA. (You can read more about our trip and stay in Revolutionary City here) It was a great time and one I highly recommend for any Virginian or out-of-state visitor. One of the points of the trip I was most looking forward to was our escape to the Williamsburg Winery.
One of my favorite Virginia wines (and very affordable) is the 2010 Two Shillings Red by the Williamsburg Winery. Since tasting this wine, I added the winery to my “must visit” list. Pulling up to the property of the winery was so picturesque. The fields were beautiful, there were rows upon rows of vines growing, and the main building looked like something out of a storybook. I could not contain my excitement to try their wines.
One of the wines I enjoyed was their “A Midsummer Night’s White” which was a blend of four varietals, primarily Vidal Blanc, and had a slightly sweet taste – perfect chilled on the hot summer’s day. We also enjoyed their Viognier and their standard table reds and whites. The prices are pretty affordable, and the tasting was only $8 in their side room and included the glass.
I was a little disappointed that the price of the Two Shillings Red was more expensive at the winery than it was at the local Walmart or Total Wine & More to buy, therefore, I did not buy any bottles of this on my trip. (In addition, they only had the 2012, and I was hoping for the 2010 or 2011 so I could stock up on a case…) The cost per bottle was $9 at the winery compared to $6.99 at Total Wine. (A little surprising to me to see it that much more at the winery itself…is this usual?)
I cannot help but repeat how beautiful the property was. Behind the main building were vast open fields… they were calling my name to come and sit for a picnic and relax for the afternoon. Unfortunately, the winery did not allow their bottles to be enjoyed outside of the restaurant on property (no picnics, and no dogs). I was a little sad that so much beautiful space was wasted, but enjoyed the scenery while there. We took our bottles back to our hotel at the Williamsburg Inn and sipped on one there instead.
Reading Richard Leahy’s book Beyond Jefferson’s Vines, he noted the winery was founded in 1985 and is one of the largest wineries in the state. They have a high production level and attract a large number of visitors throughout the year. (Leahy, 61)
I am glad I had the opportunity to visit the winery during my trip to colonial Williamsburg and the Revolutionary City. Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed because the winery has so much potential they can take advantage of to keep visitors there longer. I definitely recommend reserving an hour to visit this winery and enjoy a tasting during a trip to this historic part of Virginia, and be sure to plan your day visiting other nearby historic landmarks as well.