Our Story

The Winery is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge, the heart of Virginia Wine Country.

First Colony boasts breathtaking sunsets, charming Old World gardens, meticulously manicured vineyards and newly renovated facilities. The warm hospitality and comfortable, elegant atmosphere will make you feel like staying awhile.

 
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The vineyards

In 2013, First Colony added 4.5 acres of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon to its existing 6.5 acres of Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Traminette. In 2014 the Traminette was replaced with Vidal Blanc to better serve our needs. Our plan is to continue to expand our vineyard each year until we have approximately 20-25 acres under vine.

THE THATCHED ROOF

THE THATCHED ROOF

In October 2013, master thatcher Colin McGhee began transforming the existing processing building roof to resemble that of a 17th century northern European country farm building. The roof is made from imported Turkish water reed and was delivered to the winery directly from Turkey. It has a life of 50 to 300 years and is treated periodically with fire retardant. To the owners’ knowledge First Colony is the only winery in the US with a thatched roof. The roof was topped off on March 15, 2014 with a rooster weathervane, affectionately and appropriately named Colin Reed or “CR”, after Colin (the thatcher) and Reed (the Turkish reed used to construct the roof). Ironically, our Director of Operation’s middle name is also Reed – Bradford Reed McCarthy.