on December 18, 2005
One of my favorite attractions outside of the major historical attractions is the Williamsburg Winery. Here you can take a tour of a modern winery and see how the grapes are grown and converted to wine. At the end of the tour, you will be given a tasting of some of the winery’s most popular wines.The Williamsburg Winery was established in 1985 by the Duffeler family. The 50-plus acres of vineyards that surround the winery offer a beautiful backdrop to the Old World Style Village where the winery is located.The guided tour includes a video presentation on grape growing (Viticulture) and wine-making (Oenology), a stroll through the barrel cellar, and a visit to the production area. In the museum there is a collection of unique and rare vintage wine bottles, with a grand finale tasting of seven wines in an etched wine glass that is yours to take home as a keepsake.The wine has received several awards; I, however, did not take to the taste. Overall, it is very interesting to see how the wines are made and hear explanations of the various wine terms. Unfortunately, this tour is very short and focuses more on the tasting than on the process of wine-making. As my first visit to a winery, I enjoyed this attraction, but I feel it might come up short to others around the country.The winery is open Monday to Saturday from 11am to 6pm. The tour and tasting lasts about an hour and a half.I recommend this attraction for anyone (21 and over) interested in wine making, from beginners, who will enjoy the tour, to experts, who will enjoy the tasting.
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