Visit the Williamsburg Winery Year-round to Celebrate the Uniqueness of the Seasons
As the weather changes, so does the Williamsburg Winery. Visit year-round to experience the seasons at the lovely Wessex Hundred Farm.
Start this month by booking the Romantic Winter Escape Package at Wedmore Place. The package includes a one-night stay in a Tradition Room, where an enticing wood-burning fireplace invites you to relax with a glass of wine before turning in for the night on a king-sized bed with luxury linens. You’ll be greeted with an artisanal cheese and charcuterie board upon arrival followed by a wine flight for two. Wake up to a European-style continental breakfast and head for Colonial Williamsburg, where the holidays lights are brilliant. The package includes ice skating tickets for two at the Liberty Ice Pavilion and Warm Settlers’ Spiced Wine for Two at the Merchants Square Tasting Room and Wine Bar.
If you’re planning for Valentine’s Day, the Romance of Wessex Hundred Package offers a perfect couple’s retreat. His and her massages with aromatherapy, a bottle of bubbly paired with chocolate covered strawberries and a wine flight are part of the trimmings for a two-night stay in one of the Tradition Rooms.
Spring is a beautiful time to visit Wessex Hundred, with blooms on the vines signaling the start of a new season. Temperatures are typically so pleasant this time of year that it’s inviting to linger over wine along the Duck Pond or relax with a flight in the 1619 Pavilion that overlooks the budding vineyards. The Historical Series Package at Wedmore Place offers a two-night stay in a Tradition Room, a picnic basket from the Gabriel Archer Tavern to enjoy anywhere on the property, a wine flight for two, a bottle of Governor’s White and two tickets to both the Jamestown Settlement Museum and Colonial Williamsburg.
The warm weather that extends into summer reminds visitors to the Williamsburg Winery that Wessex Hundred is a working farm. Vinifera grapes like Petit Verdot, Merlot and Albariño have thrived here along with newcomers like Tannat and Muscat. Visitors can spy more than 50 acres of vineyard that is coupled with hundreds of acres of green space. All of it makes for a magnificent walk when the temperatures cooperate.
Though summer days can be humid in southeastern Virginia, nights are typically cool enough to enjoy live music at the 1619 Pavilion with an upper deck that overlooks the Albariño and Petit Verdot vineyards. Longer days mean longer hours at the winery. Air conditioning inside the Gabriel Archer Tavern and the wisteria terrace outdoors help you to remain cool on the warmest days.
The winery’s Rosé that is so refreshing in spring and summer can also be enjoyed outdoors at the Merchant Square Wine Bar. Rechange from a day of shopping with a glass or flight.
The fall weather is a welcome respite from the warm temperatures, with the farm preparing for the harvest season, the busiest time at the winery, when ripening grapes are pulled from the vines and prepared for fermentation. Check the winery’s Special Events page to reserve your space for dinners in the vineyards offered during fall. October is Virginia Wine Month. Mark the occasion with a trip to the Williamsburg Winery where you can experience a tasting in Susan B. Constant Hall, which also showcases art for sale from local artists. Just like the winery, the art changes with the seasons.
No matter the time of year, remember to stop by the retail shop before you leave for home for a souvenir to help you “enjoy life” there just as you did while visiting the winery.