When we were in Colonial-land visiting the great canine we made a side trip over to the Williamsburg Winery. You know me, I’m at a winery like a honey bee to a flower.
Williamsburg Winery is the largest winery in Virginia, and one of the oldest of the “new” wineries that started popping up in the last 25 years. Their wines are probably the most available of any of the Virginia wineries, particularly their Governor’s White. I’ve definitely had Governor’s White before, and remember thinking it was drinkable, but nothing particularly special.
But it turns out Williamsburg Winery is SO MUCH more than Governor’s White. The owner tries to make wines in an Old World style, but is also very conscious of what work in Virginia and what doesn’t. There is also a nice historical reverence to the place. The earliest Virginia legislature required colonists to grow grapes and make wine, and that history is reflect in the labels and styles at Williamsburg Winery.
The tour at Williamsburg was actually very good. It took the better part of an hour, and we talked about everything from the viticulture and wine making at Williamsburg, to the history of their site. I’ve been on good tours and bad, and this was definitely one of the better ones.
After the tour, it was time to taste! Always my favorite part. We tasted 8 different wines at Williamsburg. I was happy to find that we weren’t tasting Williamsburg’s best known labels, but all things that I had never had before. And they were mostly very, very good. Some of our favorites were the Claret, and a wonderful frambois style wine made from Merlot and raspberries.
At the end of the tasting, we chatted with the tour guide for a few minutes and he asked me something that made me very happy–if I was in the wine business! I told him only as a sampler. I guess he had heard our running commentary through the tour and was impressed with our knowledge. Definitely a nice way to end a visit!