Established in 1985, the Williamsburg Winery produces almost 25% of all the wine made in Virginia. Tours and tastings are ... More
Established in 1985, the Williamsburg Winery produces almost 25% of all the wine made in Virginia. Tours and tastings are held year round; make sure to get a taste of the most popular wine made at the vineyard, Governor's White. Choose between a guided tour, a reserve wine tasting, and a tour and tasting with lunch at the Gabriel Archer Tavern. Or just visit the wine shop for a large selection of non-wine items, such as sauces, spreads, and wine related paraphernalia. Hours vary seasonally so call ahead for information.
This place is overpriced for weddings and you get nothing for it. Imagine spending $5,000 and getting constantly yelled at by the staff for making to much noise while getting ready for your wedding, or standing in the hallway waiting for your photographer to come capture your beautiful day. Plus they staff is completely useless. They didn't lift a finger to help with anything. They left the isle runner outside and then turned the sprinklers on, the completely set up the hall however they wanted it (even though we had a floorplan) then refused to change it. And if your bringing kids forget it!! They yell at the kids and complain to your guests that they shouldn't bring them to a winery. They are rediculous. The Best Man tried to by a case of champagne for the toast and they said no.
Very nice tour...well priced at only 8 dollars....It is a very nice thing to do on a rainy day... The wine is excellent..and you get to sample 7 different wines at the end of the tour....plus the wine glasses you get to take with you are pretty nice too...I would definately reccommend going here
We started off with the winery tour even though we were hungry. I figured $8 plus a glass to take home was a good deal. I did a winery tour at the Biltmore that didn't show as much as was shown here. We saw the barrels, where they bottle the wine, the filtration system, the bottle collection, and then 7 wines to taste (my favorite was the Governor's as well though James River was good too). We bought about 7 wines and then went to the tavern. We had a sandwich (just meat, a slice of cheese, and sauce) and a salad (which we wanted more off it was a pecan and cranberry salad with raspberry vinaigrette) and it came to about $30 for the both of us. Still, the service was good and the food was too (although like I said...a little chintzy on ingredients). All in all it was a great experience and I would love to go through on the reserve tour. Their wines aged in French oak barrels are intense...you can taste every bit of the wood which I find fascinating.
The wine is excellent at the Williamsburg Winery! They even had some decently priced wines as well. Our personal favorite was the Governor's White. The tour/tasting was very interesting and worth the price. The restaurant food was decent but the service was a tad slow. Overall, great winery!
While in Williamsburg on a girls getaway the innkeeper at the Williamsburg Manor suggested that we go to the Williamsburg Winery for lunch in the Tavern. We spent the entire afternoon having lunch, touring the winery and returning to the Tavern to enjoy a bottle fo great chardonnay and a cheese plate.
For two people it's $18 to tour plus you get to taste 7 differnt wines and keep your WW glass. All the wines were very good in their own right. My boyfriend and I kinda did things backwards and drank a bottle of wine with lunch. But the tour was great, the guide really new her information and she was very well spoken. YOU MUST have lunch or dinner at their Tavern. Great choices and AMAZING SALAD!!!
We called in advance to ask about making reservations etc. for a party of 13, and were told that it was not necessary for us to make reservations to come on in by eleven o'clock that no reservations were needed. Upon arrival the man led us into a room to view the video. Some of the people were walking around the room looking at the wines, the man made comments about everyone not listening etc.etc. then he said he would not be taking us on tour. I said thats a good thing, he is to old and impatient to be doing this job. The wine tour guide was very nice and the tasting was good and he was well informed and answered our questions. At the restaurant we were advised that we should have made reservations etc. But we explained ourselves to them that we had called etc. and we were taken to the outside dinning area. The waitress insisted on taking our orders highschool style by calling out the dishes and asking us to raise our hands to place our orders. Evidently taking the orders seperately would have been entirely to much work for her. When two of the people were by mistake thinking of ordering from the dinner menu she informed them she did not know why they had passed highschool. It was a fact that the people were from poland and not accustomed to being rudly addressed by a waitress. The woman seemed to young and impatient for the job. The brick walkways were in extreamly bad repair and I could see someone stumbling and really hurting themselves on the walkway. And the overhanging branch was about to hit my tall friend in the head had he not ducked under it. The winery is a lovely place, but the folks that work there make you feel that you are inconveniencing them and that politeness is not on the menu. What a shame to spoil an absolutely lovely place with staff of that calibur. You feel hustled through and the main thing is to pay and leave quickly. There is none of the ambience of grace and relaxation, or that the staff is pleased to see you. Something is truly missing here. You need to take a strong look at the picture you produce for your visitors. Please be so kind as to send a copy of this review to the winery, they need to know what people see, feel, experience as their guests. PJStrickland Visited Winery Aug. 18, 2007
The winery tour was fun if you can look past the moldy walls and ceilings. The wine tasting itself was hurried and a bit skimpy.
If you plan to dine at the Gabriel Archer Tavern located on the winery property, expect disappointment. The service was horrid and it took 1.25 hours to receive two sandwiches and the tavern was only half full. We had to ask for water three times. The only manager present was the kitchen manager who clearly had no customer service experience.
This was the worst way to end an otherwise perfect weekend.
On a whim we decided to try the Williamsburg Winery during our trip in early June 2006. I'm planning another trip to Williamsburg in the next couple of weeks and I'll definitely make it a point to return to the winery.
When we went, we arrived in time to have a tasty lunch under the shaded porch. The sandwiches were great and the atmosphere even better sitting in the shade surrounded by the vineyard. We had plenty of time to view the bottles of wine and numerous accessories before the tour and tasting but had to come back afterwards to purchase some of our favorites.
The tour was interesting and the tasting was an experience. We sampled 7 or 8 varieties plus one of the reserve wines (ours was a delicious dessert wine that we had to purchase afterwards to take home with us) and for the $7 fee you definitely get your monies worth because you keep the glass etched with the winery insignia. Some of the wines were not necessarily ones I would normally select but having the opportunity to sample a selection of wines has expanded my taste buds and personal preferences.
While I've been researching information for my upcoming trip, I've noticed that a combination ticket is now being offered to include both your lunch and the tour/tasting. This would be a wonderful way to spend a lazy afternoon.
I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting the area but try to schedule enough time to be able to enjoy the relaxing lunch as well.
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