It is with great regret that we must announce a change to our long-standing, dog-friendly policy for our tasting room. This sad change is forced upon us by a recent letter from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services informing our winery and others that Virginia laws governing the production, storage, and serving of food – to include beverages – prohibits the presence of animals. This is a very unhappy day for us, not least of which because our own farm cat, Fritz, is included in this prohibition, and we are forced to find a new home for him.
We would like to note that fully trained, ADA-compliant service animals continue to be permitted. This does not include emotional support animals. We would also note that our leashed and friendly four-legged friends are still permitted on our grounds, on our deck, and on our terrace – simply not inside any of our buildings.
Trust that we share your disappointment in this change and we are genuinely sorry for the difficulties this will impose on your family outings to Virginia wineries. We thank you for your continued support of First Colony and look forward to your next visit and to continuing to produce and serve high-quality Virginia wine to our two-legged friends.
UPDATE: Fritz, our beloved winery cat, was adopted by a friends of First Colony Winery and is safe and settled in his new home.
Originally posted 9 November 2017