First Colony Winery: In The Heart of Virginia Wine Country

First Colony Winery is now 11 years old! The winery and vineyard located in Virginia’s Albemarle County, “The Heart of Virginia Wine Country,” celebrated another successful year this past weekend with an Open House and wine specials. We caught up with First Colony to see what the winery and owner Ralph McElroy Jr. have planned for 2011.

First Colony has produced a long list of Award-Winning Wines over the years, including several prizes from such esteemed competitions as the International Finger Lakes Wine Competition and the Virginia Governor’s Cup, and is looking forward to another great vintage this year. The rolling hills of First Colony’s eight-acre vineyard have been planted with such varietals as Petit Verdot, Tannat, Chardonnay, and more, and the winery uses only locally produced fruit in its sweet wines. First Colony’s popular Meritage Blend and new Sauvignon Blanc wines illustrate the winery’s range, which also extends to a traditional Port dessert wine, the 1607 Ediciao Limitada.

Those who have visited First Colony Winery are surely familiar with the giant tasting room. Two large bars and a hospitable staff are on hand to provide a memorable experience for all guests to the winery, and a two-tier outdoor patio and deck extends provides an enchanting setting for a relaxing getaway. Guests to the winery enjoy sampling First Colony’s many prized wines as well as some local treats offered at the winery such as Handmade Amish Cheese, and are also welcome to bring a picnic lunch of their own.

In addition to the main tasting room, First Colony Winery hosts several other event spaces, including a 2000 sq ft room available for private rental. The popular wedding destination and party site is ideal for large, elegant gatherings as well as smaller, informal celebrations. Please contact the winery for pricing and availability.

First Colony Winery is located at:
1650 Harris Creek Road
Charlottesville, VA 22902


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