Things to Do: New Kent Winery

New Kent Winery opened their doors on May 31, 2008 after eight years of planning, planting and building… all of which have resulted in some of the finest wines produced in Virginia by one of her most unequalled wineries.

Planting the first vines in 2001, the founders started molding reality from their dream of opening a winery in New Kent County, Virginia. Since that beginning, they planted a variety of vines including… Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc, Cabernet Franc, and Norton ~ a grape native to Virginia.

While the vines were maturing to proper age, the founders planned a 17,000 square foot winery equipped with state-of-the-art wine making equipment from around the world. The winery itself, designed by Williamsburg architect John Hopke, has been modeled to reflect an earlier time when wine making was common in the New Kent, Virginia region. The winery is built from materials reclaimed from buildings and structures well over a century old. Beautiful, old heart-pine trusses were reclaimed from a 1901 Southern Railroad Depot that was located in the Shockoe Bottom area of Richmond, Virginia. The Heart Pine structural timbers and floor timbers were recovered from an old Connecticut warehouse that was constructed in 1852. The stunning exterior facade of the winery was achieved using handmade, pre-Civil War bricks, merged with siding and roof shingles which were milled from Cypress logs that had been submerged in North Florida Rivers for over one-hundred years. Reprocessed copper bedecks the porch roofs. The result is an inviting and warm structure that reflects the quality wines produced within.

The Tasting Room is the centerpiece of the New Kent Winery. The goal from the inception was to build a state-of-the-art Virginia winery that not only produces some of Virginia’s finest red wines and white wines, but one that is unique and more importantly, warm and inviting. The tasting bar provides a view across the vineyards to the distant polo fields and soon the lakes and waterfront winery café.

Sample any of their six Virginia wines, select wine books, accessories and clothing in their gift shop, or just relax at a table or couch with your favorite wine on the expansive porch overlooking the beautiful Virginia vineyard.

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