Monday, July 30, 2012

Try A Trip Down the Colonial Virginia Wine Trail

Virginia is home to hundreds of successful wineries and vineyards, and some are just down the road from Maury Place at Monument. One great possible day trip from Maury Place is a drive down the "Colonial Virginia Wine Trial," The drive would encompass four Virginia wineries that are in the Interstate 64 corridor: James River Cellars, New Kent Winery, Saude Creek Vineyards, and The Williamsburg Winery. All are just a short drive from Richmond. Visit all four or just one or two for a fun day of winery visits.

The James River Cellars is a family owned and operated winery offering award winning wines from Virginia grown grapes. James River Cellars has a beautiful tasting room in historic Hanover County in Glen Allen, Virginia, about ten minutes North of Richmond. Enjoy a tasting followed by a picnic on the patio. The New Kent Winery is a beautiful, unique winery steeped in the region's history. New Kent opened in 2008 after planting their first vines in 2001. They now produce Chadonnay, Merlot, Vidal Blanc, and many others.

Saude Creek Vineyards, is a privately owned and operated vineyard and winery located on the Pamunkey River in historic New Kent County, Virginia. They produce several complex, food friendly wines. The site once was the location of Frank's Tavern, a Colonial Inn and Pulick House for travelers riding between points north and west and the colonial capitol in Williamsburg. They feature a beautiful new tasting room. Tastings are $7 and include a souvenir glass.

Finally, The Williamsburg Winery, is Virginia's largest winery, producing over 60,000 cases annually and new wine releases throughout the year. The many wines offered by the Williamsburg Winery have won many awards and worldwide recognition as some of the best. More than 30 acres of vineyard surround the winery, offering a beautiful backdrop to the Old World-style village where the winery and the Gabriel Archer Tavern are located. Daily tours are offered, including the barrel cellar, followed by wine tastings of seven different wines. Reserve wine tastings are also available.

Of course, upon your return to Maury Place, you might enjoy a glass of wine on our front porch overlooking Richmond's historic Monument Avenue. We proudly feature Virginia wines for our guests!

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument