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First Colony Winery

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Address: 1650 Harris Creek Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902-7820
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+1 434-979-7105
10:00 - 18:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 18:00

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Nice Wine/Great Tasting Experience

Had visited First Colony many years ago and we weren't impressed. However, since it is right next door to Michael Shaps Wineworks, we decided to stop in again after visiting... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 August 2016
Newport News, Virginia
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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

A bit of an effort to get there but well worth the trip. Absolutely beautiful on a fall day. Smaller in size than most wineries, but that's a very good thing. Small size means small crowds which gives the staff the opportunity to present a very personal, very knowledgeable wine tasting of some excellent wines, all made from Virginia-grown grapes.... More 

Thank Allen W
Arlington, Virginia
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

One of the southern-most vineyards in the Charlottesville area, we arrived at 11am (opening time) on Sunday and had the place to ourselves until we left about noon. Nice chance to chat with the staff and sample good wine. Bought several cases. Reclaimed wood floors and wooden dining table from Civil War era provide historic ambiance. Highly recommended.

Thank pauljryan
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149 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We recently stopped here for a wine tasting. The person who did our tasting was very knowledgeable. He was friendly. The tastings gave us a variety of choices. We would recommend this winery and we would purchase wine from here again.

Thank enjoytravel0410
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We stopped by First Colony after a visit to Monticello earlier that day. Our itinerary that afternoon included Trump (very good), Michael Shaps (also very good), and finally First Colony. Tasting room - the tasting room was nice, but not overly large or fancy. There was plenty of room to accommodate everyone. The young man pouring for us was friendly... More 

Thank BearcatEd
Herndon, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

My wife and I visited 6 wineries in the area over the weekend and we particularly liked First Colony because it was a little smaller, the people were very nice and the wine was very good and less expensive than some of the other wineries. It is well worth the stop.

Thank DavidVa999
florence KY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Friendly people, they are making very good wine now. I'm an ex-Virginian who treks to VA yearly to go get wine-was there when they first opened and it was so-so. Now it's a destination

Thank bothenjs
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

This is our first stop of the wine tasting, we were there late Friday afternoon, 40 mins before they closed. very quite,but that is what we like, you can very relax, very friendly staff, the wine are great, we bought a case of wine . they waived the tasting fee when you buy more than 3 bottle. next day after... More 

Thank catlady-usa
Stephens City, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Awesome tasting room!! At one point there was many people in the tasting room, but they were able to move everyone around so everyone had room to stand and felt comfortable. VERY knowledgeable person pouring (I forgot his name). Great, Great wines, and a very nice smaller stop vs. a larger factory run winery such as nearby Trump.

Thank Jennifer M
Newport News, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

Had visited First Colony many years ago and we weren't impressed. However, since it is right next door to Michael Shaps Wineworks, we decided to stop in again after visiting Michael Shaps. What a great surprise! The wines are much better now. The tasting room is lovely and the fellow that provided our tasting was great. Very personable and funny.... More 

Thank virginian9
DuPage County, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

Granted, we only made it to three, but this was the highlight. We had never tried Virginia wines before (although we've been to quite a few wineries throughout the country), and we were VERY pleasantly surprised by what we found here. We walked away with four whites and a rose, as well as a couple reds. The tasting room manager... More 

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