Behind the Scenes Archives - The Williamsburg Winery


Mom and Daughter Both Call the Williamsburg Winery Home

Behind the Scenes, Culture

Deby Kidney waits for those “aha” moments. As the Williamsburg Winery’s Retail and Tasting Room Manager, she finds it fun to introduce new wine to guests. “I love to see… Continue reading Mom and Daughter Both Call the Williamsburg Winery Home


Celebrating the Roots of Virginia Wine with a Toast to Acte 12

Behind the Scenes, Inside the Winery, Wine

The decision to plant vineyards and start a winery at Wessex Hundred was met with plenty of skepticism back in the ’80s when Patrick and Peggy Duffeler started their new… Continue reading Celebrating the Roots of Virginia Wine with a Toast to Acte 12


Mona Lisa’s Toast to the Williamsburg Winery

Behind the Scenes, Culture

Whether the real Mona Lisa hangs in the Louvre remains a subject of debate 500 years after Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of one of the most recognizable faces in the… Continue reading Mona Lisa’s Toast to the Williamsburg Winery


Leave the Magic to Leah Robertson at Your Next Celebration

Behind the Scenes

Engagements. Weddings. Birthday parties. Anniversaries. Galas. Leah Robertson makes sure those milestones are magical when celebrated at the Williamsburg Winery. The transplanted Floridian joined the winery four years ago as… Continue reading Leave the Magic to Leah Robertson at Your Next Celebration


Combine Your Visit to Wedmore Place with a Trip to Williamsburg Art Museums

Behind the Scenes, Culture

Colonial Williamsburg is truly one big museum, but if you’re looking for art specifically during your stay at Wedmore Place, head to the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the… Continue reading Combine Your Visit to Wedmore Place with a Trip to Williamsburg Art Museums


Every Day is Earth Day at the Williamsburg Winery

Behind the Scenes

Williamsburg Winery founder Patrick Duffeler has long touted the importance of reflecting in the woods of the Wessex Hundred Farm, home to thousands of majestic trees that he planted himself.… Continue reading Every Day is Earth Day at the Williamsburg Winery


Winter Blending and Bottling Notes Give Nod to 2019 Reserves Including a Merlot in Class of its Own

Behind the Scenes, Events, Wine

Even with the vineyards dormant, the Williamsburg Winery is bustling this winter with the typical buzz surrounding blending and bottling. It’s one of the busiest periods at the winery topped… Continue reading Winter Blending and Bottling Notes Give Nod to 2019 Reserves Including a Merlot in Class of its Own


The Art and Craft of Making a Barrel

Behind the Scenes, How To, Wine

Barrel making is an art steeped into history and century-old tradition. While technology has improved the process, it still relies on the handiwork of artisans and craftsmen at every stage.… Continue reading The Art and Craft of Making a Barrel


Tour Wessex Hundred with the Help of Our Guide

Behind the Scenes, Stay

Turn into the pastoral entrance of the Wessex Hundred farm that leads to the Williamsburg Winery and you’re prompted to slow down before you spot the first speed limit sign.… Continue reading Tour Wessex Hundred with the Help of Our Guide


Soak in the Art and Wonder of Wedmore Place

Behind the Scenes, Stay

Go to bed in Williamsburg and wake up in Europe — Greece, England, Italy, France, take your pick. Spend the night at Wedmore Place, the hotel on the grounds of… Continue reading Soak in the Art and Wonder of Wedmore Place


The Williamsburg Winery’s Newest Chef Returns to His Roots

Behind the Scenes, Eat Local, Fine Dining

The Williamsburg Winery’s new Chef de Cuisine is at home at Wessex Hundred. A native New Yorker, Jake Wechsler moved to Williamsburg with his family at the age of 15… Continue reading The Williamsburg Winery’s Newest Chef Returns to His Roots


Smell the Difference in Wine Aged in Cognac Barrels

Behind the Scenes, Wine

The nose has it! Not that wine aged in cognac barrels doesn’t taste wonderful, but the aromatics are what truly distinguishes this method. While aging wine in cognac barrels isn’t… Continue reading Smell the Difference in Wine Aged in Cognac Barrels


Even on a Cold Day, Viticulturist Lisa O’Conner Feels the Warmth at Wessex Hundred

Behind the Scenes

Lisa O’Conner will tell you she chooses to forgo manicures and makeup as Viticulturist at the Williamsburg Winery. Neither works for her in the elements that range from pouring rain,… Continue reading Even on a Cold Day, Viticulturist Lisa O’Conner Feels the Warmth at Wessex Hundred


Going Behind the Scenes with a More Personal Patrick Duffeler in his New Book

Behind the Scenes, Wine

As much as the Williamsburg Winery has evolved over the last 20 years, so, too, has its founder, Patrick Duffeler. Readers of the second edition of “The Art and Science… Continue reading Going Behind the Scenes with a More Personal Patrick Duffeler in his New Book


Second Edition of “The Art and Science of Viticulture and Winemaking at the Williamsburg Winery”

Behind the Scenes, Culture, Wine

Williamsburg, Virginia — The second edition of “The Art and Science of Viticulture and Winemaking at the Williamsburg Winery” featuring stunning photographs from the Wessex Hundred farm and a behind-the-scenes… Continue reading Second Edition of “The Art and Science of Viticulture and Winemaking at the Williamsburg Winery”


Wedmore Place Brings Europe to Williamsburg

Behind the Scenes

Traveling unlocks the adventurer in us and stimulates our natural curiosity to learn about the customs and cultures of somewhere new. Wedmore Place, the hotel at The Williamsburg Winery, invites… Continue reading Wedmore Place Brings Europe to Williamsburg


Merchants Square Wine Bar and Tasting Room an Extension of the Warmth Found at Wessex Hundred

Behind the Scenes

Visitors to Wessex Hundred can savor their Williamsburg Winery flight at multiple spots on the farm — the Gabriel Archer Tavern, the 1619 Pavilion and the Duck Pond to name… Continue reading Merchants Square Wine Bar and Tasting Room an Extension of the Warmth Found at Wessex Hundred


Hush, Listen and Discover the Magic Alongside The Williamsburg Winery Duck Pond

Behind the Scenes

The Williamsburg Winery founder Patrick Duffeler makes no secret of how frequently nature inspires him. He favors the tranquility and restorative qualities even a simple walk outside can provide. No… Continue reading Hush, Listen and Discover the Magic Alongside The Williamsburg Winery Duck Pond


Listen to the lives of trees and breathe in their wisdom

Behind the Scenes

By Patrick Duffeler, Founder What is the meaning of “woods” to me? A place of peace, first of all, even if you have wolves or coyotes living in them. In… Continue reading Listen to the lives of trees and breathe in their wisdom


When Art and Wine Combine for a Beautiful Picture

Behind the Scenes, Culture

A careful examination of Gulay Berryman’s painting “Dancing Under the Stars” reveals Williamsburg Winery founder Patrick Duffeler and his wife, Francoise, reveling in a courtyard. The original work by the… Continue reading When Art and Wine Combine for a Beautiful Picture

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