The largest winery in Virginia, the Williamsburg Winery offers tours and tastings of its award-winning wines, a vineyard on its 300 acres and two excellent dining venues, the Gabriel Archer Tavern and Café Provençal.
The Colonial Wine Trail: The Colonial Wine Trail features four of Virginia’s best wineries, including the Williamsburg Winery, and all within a one-hour drive of Williamsburg. No matter where you start or finish your wine trail adventure, you are sure to enjoy great wines, great food and lots of fun along the way.
Williamsburg’s first microbrewery, Alewerks is a direct-fired brick-clad Peter Austin brewhouse. It offers brewery tours and tastings in its tap house and outdoor terrace, where 10 beers are on tap and a cask ale is served weekly. It makes small batches of beers like a mesquite-smoked brown ale and a Belgian-style dubbel as well as seasonal flavors like pumpkin spice.
The Virginia Beer Co. is a craft brewery, taproom and beer garden that opened in 2016. Virginia Beer focuses on a small, high-quality core lineup and rotating limited-edition beers using a custom-designed pump system. Its location offers an indoor tasting room as well as an outdoor beer garden including a weekly featured food truck.
The Brass Cannon Brewing Co offers kegs, growlers and draft selections in a brand new tasting room just down the street from AleWerks. In addition to its five brews, it offers four rotating seasonal selections.
The area’s first meadery opened in early 2016 to offer this ancient honey-based fermented drink, entirely produced on the premises. The Silver Hand Meadery offers tastings and light-food pairings with the mead production completely visible to patrons.
Copper Fox produces handcrafted whiskey from scratch, including the first applewood-aged whiskey in the world. Copper Fox focuses “on the flavoring of the malt using selected smoldering fruitwoods and hand-cut toasted fruitwood that add a range of natural flavors in the maturation process.”
This craft micro-distillery offers “American Heritage” spirits using 18th-century recipes and techniques: bourbon and gin using Virginia grains, and rum using organic, non-GMO grade-A molasses – just as they would have been made in the early 1700s. Its Williamsburg Bourbon is the only bourbon in the world made with Indian corn. The distillery will be part living-history museum.