I love finding wineries to try on my travels so good thing there are plenty of wineries near Williamsburg, VA. On my recent trip to Busch Gardens Williamsburg, I was able to try one winery. I knew I had to come back though and hit a couple more on the return trip!

You can try one of these spots or take on the Williamsburg Tasting Trail where there are twelve different stops at wineries, breweries, distilleries, and a meadery.

While you’re in the area make sure you try these incredible Williamsburg restaurants!

If you’re solely after the wine then do the Colonial Wine Trail instead. It consists of five different wineries stretching from just north of Richmond to Williamsburg.

If you are just spending a weekend in Williamsburg then you may not make it to many of these but you should also check out some of the Williamsburg breweries too.

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Williamsburg, VA Wineries Map

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Williamsburg Winery

If you are a wine lover visiting Williamsburg, then Williamsburg Winery at Wessex Hundred is a must. You’ll drive through a residential area before you arrive at the vineyard where the driveway follows the vines.

The colonial look has been embraced here just like what you’ll find throughout the town. Make a reservation at the Gabriel Archer Tavern – though they don’t accept reservations on Saturdays between 12 pm – 3 pm so it is first-come-first-served then.

I had the red wine flight and loved each one that I tried. We also ordered a charcuterie board and the Turkey & Brie sandwich. One of my top 10 favorite sandwiches for sure.

They have live music some weekends from summer through fall at their 1619 Wine Pavilion or you can grab a flight or glass at their main tasting room. They also have a satellite tasting room in Merchant’s Square at Colonial Williamsburg.

Time From Williamsburg: 10 minutes | Address: 5800 Wessex Hundred, Williamsburg, VA | Site: Williamsburg Winery

Saudé Creek Vineyard

You’ll find a large tasting room at this vineyard that is very open and airy. Lots of seating options on the patio or under the wraparound porch if you’d like to sit outside and enjoy the view.

They have food trucks on the weekends but also allow outside food to be brought in. They have plenty of picnic areas to enjoy on a nice day.

They have lots of options to choose from so all the wine lovers should be able to find something they like!

Time From Williamsburg: 35 minutes | Address: 16230 Cooks Mill Rd, Lanexa, VA | Site: Saudé Creek

New Kent Winery

In a gorgeous brick building with wooden accents you’ll find New Kent Winery along with Talleysville Brewing Company.

They have a great balance of white and red wines with only one sweet wine right now – Sweet Virginia. My personal favorite was the Cabernet Franc.

You can choose from a wonderful light fare menu serving things like charcuterie, shrimp cocktail, and BBQ sliders. We had the charcuterie board (big enough for 3-4), loaded potatoes, and a BBQ sandwich.

There is outdoor seating only right now but if you want a shaded spot it is highly recommended that you make a reservation. This is another spot where you can find live music on the weekends.

This place gets very crowded on weekends so make sure you come early. Many people combine a visit here with Saudé Creek Vineyard since they are so close together.

Time From Williamsburg: 37 minutes | Address: 8400 Old Church Rd, New Kent, VA | Site: New Kent

Gauthier Vineyard

This hidden gem is only open Friday – Sunday so make sure you plan accordingly. They are located on a working farm and you couldn’t ask for a more beautiful setting.

The tasting room has a nice porch and patio area where you can enjoy your wine and food. They serve brick-oven pizzas Fridays and Saturdays and then chicken wings on Sundays. They even have oysters a few Sundays out of the month!

They have a nice mix of dry and sweet wines so you can easily find one that you like.

Time From Williamsburg: 27 minutes | Address: 5000 Farmers Dr, Barhamsville, VA | Site: Gauthier Vineyard

Jolene Family Winery

You can reserve a lakeside lounge tent here and honestly that’s all you need to know.

Truly though, this is such a serene setting. The tasting room is refreshing and modern and there is plenty of space outdoors to sit. You can even bring your own blanket and take it out under the pine trees.

They have food trucks and live music on the weekends to enjoy. Though they don’t have as many wines to try as some of the other locations, each one is absolutely fantastic.

Time From Williamsburg: 47 minutes | Address: 2750 Pocahontas Trail, Quinton, VA | Site: Jolene Family Winery

Upper Shirley Vineyards

Sitting right on the banks of the James River, you’ll find this vineyard and restaurant is a real treat.

Order a glass or flight and sit out on the veranda overlooking the river. There isn’t a more peaceful spot than that.

The wine selection is great but if you want the full experience then you should eat at their restaurant where you can pair the wine with some delicious food.

Time From Williamsburg: 50 minutes | Address: 600 Shirley Plantation Rd, Charles City, VA | Site: Upper Shirley

Hampton Roads Winery

This winery is also located on a working farm but this one raises Red Angus cattle. Visit this winery and you’ll be able to feed goats and watch them climb the World’s Tallest Goat Tower.

They have a nice variety of wines to sample and the farm theme is continued inside the tasting room. They have stable stall doors in the tasting room that separates the gift shop from the wine bar.

The owners are incredibly friendly and always try to make people feel welcome. Who doesn’t want to drink wine and feed goats though? PLUS you can take the Jamestown Ferry to reach this one.

Taking the ferry does add an extra layer of planning to this one though so make sure to check the ferry schedule.

Time From Williamsburg: 58 minutes | Address: 6074 New Design Rd, Elberon, VA | Site: Hampton Roads

Silver Hand Meadery

So technically this isn’t a winery, but it’s close enough so I had to include it! Mead is the oldest form of alcohol as it’s made from fermented honey. So instead of grapes being the primary ingredient it is honey instead.

Reservations are recommended but you can walk in and get a spot at the bar or outside if space is available. It’s a cute place though with a honey and bee theme of course.

When tasting mead it follows the same principle as wine, some people will love it and some hate it. I am always nervous about meaderies because I really didn’t like my first one.

However, I loved Silver Hand. The mead tasted very similar to wine but had a different flare. I especially liked their fruity meads.

They also offer honey tastings but these are popular so definitely make a reservation for those. There was one happening when I visited the tasting room and it looked so fun.

Time From Williamsburg: 4 minutes | Address: 224 Monticello Ave, Williamsburg, VA | Site: Silver Hand Meadery

Wineries Near Williamsburg, VA Recap

There are so many fantastic wineries near Williamsburg and I’ve only included ones under an hour drive!

One that is barely over one hour (1 hour and 2 minutes) is James River Cellars Winery. It’s the only winery on the Colonial Tasting Trail that isn’t on this list.

With so many options to try you could spend a few days exploring all the wineries! Don’t forget to try some of the amazing restaurants in Williamsburg either though.

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  1. Thank you for the lovely write-up on Gauthier Vineyard Winery. We have had so much fun – and met so many marvelous people here at the winery. We work hard each day to keep our family working farm a haven from daily stress and grind of urban life. At Gauthier you can watch the herons fishing at the lake, see hawks and eagles soar overhead, or gaze at the horses out in their paddocks. It’s truly a place to relax and unwind. Again, thanks for your kind words in describing our little part of the world!

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