Thomas Jefferson had a vision that one day, Virginia would grow grapes and produce wines to compete with the great wines of Europe. Today, mere minutes from his alma mater, The College of William and Mary, the Williamsburg Winery brings Mr Jefferson’s dream to fruition.
The Williamsburg Winery at Wessex Hundred is a thriving vineyard and member of the Williamsburg Tasting Trail in the heart of Coastal Virginia’s historic region.
The Williamsburg Winery features a winery, tasting room, vineyards, restaurants as well as overnight accommodations. As their website boasts, “Everything you need to eat, drink, and feel at home.”
The taste of Coastal Virginia is celebrated at the Williamsburg Winery in two unique dining locations. Guests may savour a true farm-to-table experience at The Gabriel Archer Tavern. The Tavern was built in the footprint of the old farm shed and today serves lunch, brunch and wine. For a more formal setting, there’s the Café Provençal. The French-inspired creations served at Café Provençal deliver a one-of-a-kind gastronomical jubilee of local bounty.
Wedmore Place at Wessex Hundred is an idyllic romantic escape complementing the wine excursion. The boutique-style accommodations are cozy, welcoming, and include wood-burning fireplaces, and a European-style continental breakfast each morning. Relaxation and romance are key features at Wedmore Place with spa services and other relaxation opportunities available to guests; it’s possible to sip, savour, and stay for a complete wine getaway.
The Gabriel Archer Tavern is across from the winery.
Williamsburg Winery Tours
The tasting room is open daily and tours run every half hour. Hours of operation vary depending on the time of year. It’s possible and recommended to call in advance for tour reservations. They fill quickly! The tour is informative and gives guests the chance to see the barrel room and other behind-the-scenes locations at the Williamsburg Winery. It’s superb for all levels of wine aficionados because the guides are knowledgeable and happy to answer questions.
Each tour concludes with a tasting. Guests learn to detect the subtleties and notes of these Virginia wines in an unintimidating environment and are afforded the chance to shop for their favorites. To commemorate the tour, guests get to keep their special Williamsburg Winery etched glass as a souvenir.
The Barrel Room is a highlight of the winery tour.
Planning Your Visit
Williamsburg Winery Gift Shop
Guests also have the opportunity to join the Williamsburg Winery Wine Club and receive priority access and special discounts.
5800 Wessex Hundred
- Visit The Williamsburg Winery Satellite Tasting Room & Wine Bar in Colonial Williamsburg’s Merchant’s Square, 110 Henry Street.