Infused with ginger and raspberries, sipping this cider certainly is a taste of the “good life”! A dry, bottle conditioned sparkler, it has a delicate nose, like the smell of jasmine or ripening fruit caught in a summer breeze. Pairs well with pizza and spicy cuisine.
6.9 % ABV
Endless sunny days, boundless firefly-lit nights—this peach-infused cider will complement all your summer fun. Pairs well with salads and light finger foods, or just sip it in your sandals!
This young, effervescent cider—fermented in neutral wine barrels—went through a secondary fermentation with Viognier skins provided by Blenheim Vineyards in Charlottesville, Virginia. A fruity, playful cider, it pairs well with light hors d’oeuvres and seafood.
A touch of bourbon barrel-aging and the infusion of fresh blackberries and lavender complete this luscious cider. Enjoy a glass with citrus-based sauces and light desserts.
Rustico is a blend of finished ciders from various barrels, all aged from six months to a year. This dry, bottle-conditioned sparkler expresses our dedication to minimal intervention – the hallmark of our rustic cider-making methods. Rustico is a perfect fit for any occasion.
Delicately infused with hops three times-during fermentation, aging, and when blended for bottling. This resulted in a bright, light, and easy drinking cider. Enjoy on a breezy afternoon by the Appomattox River!
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Brilliant green-gold in the glass and brightly perfumed, the 2017 Totier Creek White is a blend of 53% Vidal Blanc and 47% Seyval Blanc which deftly balances delicate, natural sweetness with lip-smacking acidity. Ripe aromatics of Cavaillan melon, fresh grapefruit, and orange blossom belie a palate that is lithe and refreshing, its modest sweetness augmented by its low alcohol and pH and mouthwatering flavors of white donut peach and nectarine
Sourced entirely from our home block of Chardonnay, just south of Charlottesville. The wine displays all of the ripe, tropical fruit characteristic of our warm, westerly exposition and deep, clay soils. Matured in a variety of new and old French oak barrels for a full year, the Estate Chardonnay undergoes full malolactic fermentation to draw out depth and imbue it with a subtle, toasty edge.
Far and away the most taut and lively vintage of this wine to date. Where previous years exhibited almost candied strawberry/watermelon aromatics, the 2018 is steelier, with decidedly citrusy aromas of blood orange, tangerine, and ruby red grapefruit. The palate is likewise more linear and energetic than years past, with a fine bead of mouthwatering acidity and certain beguiling stoniness framing flavors of white peach and nectarine.
First Colony’s subtle blend features 30% Cab Sauvignon, 30% Cab Franc, 30% Petit Verdot, and 10% Vidal Blanc. With aromas of light tobacco and soft fruit, this easy drinking blend finishes with intense fruit flavors of apple and light citrus.
As vivid and high-toned a Bordeaux blend, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, as First Colony has ever produced, the 2016 Meritage soars from the glass with all the perfume and intrigue of a fine, coastal Pinot Noir. Glossy red fruit flavors of sour cherry and pomegranate are given lift and verve by a certain herbal piquancy that screams Cabernet Franc, somewhere between juniper and fresh mint. Given the wine’s up-front, juicy fruit character, fresh acidity, and fully-resolved tannins, the 2016 Meritage will be at its best over the next three years, preferably paired with something off the grill.
A semi-sweet blend of Vidal Blanc and Traminette, the nose displays intense tropical, rose petal, and fresh lychee notes. The palate is rich and mouth-coating with orange blossom, fig, and apricot flavors. Pair with spicy Asian dishes, light pastas, roast pork, and poultry dishes.
BIG A RED
Contains Cabernet Franc and Chambourcin. Fermented in stainless steel and aged in neutral barrels. Aromas of strawberries and cream, red raspberries, blackberries, and violets. Soft, creamy palate with a fruity mid-palate. Fine, dusty tannins, with earthy hints. Smooth and persistent finish. Pairs well with grilled meats, raspberry cheesecake, BBQ, and medium to hard cheeses.
Vibrant aromas of dark cherry and berry mingle with white pepper, caramel and milk chocolate. This sweet, bold wine shows tons of elegance with strong tannins that lead to a strong lingering finish.
Powerful aromas of blackberry, mulberry, and strawberry dominate this fruit forward wine. Bright cherry flavors on the palate with a smooth yet robust finish. Pairs well with pork barbeque, spicy Mexican, and other ethnic dishes. Great for a picnic. It’s like summer in a bottle. 2% Residual Sugar
This classic Thistle White Wine is 100% estate grown Seyval Blanc. This is an off dry wine that is aged in stainless steel tanks. Two percent residual sugar and pairs especially well with spicy food, chicken and cheeses.
Our 2017 Seyval Blanc is fermented dry. Subtle notes of pineapple and melon, highlight slight citrus on the finish.
2016 ST. GEORGE RED
Estate grown, late harvest Chambourcin grapes blended with 20% Cab Franc. 2016 St. George is aged in 2nd year oak barrels. Cherry flavors and heavy legs abound in our signature red wine. Pairs well with everything!
Our secret recipe is a lovely mixture of fruit juices and estate grown Chambourcin. Our sangria contains no preservatives. Refrigerate and enjoy within two weeks. 7.4% alcohol
Light citrus with a crisp finish. Pairs well with seafood and pasta.
Our Vidal Blanc is slightly sweet offering those who enjoy a little less tartness to enjoy a nice, crisp, slightly citrus flavor with just a slight bit of sweetness added for your pleasure.
A dry Provence-style Rosé that features light fruit flavors. 100% Merlot aged 10-12 months in neutral French oak barrels.
Light acidity gives way to a tart Strawberry finish. It’s summertime in a glass.
A medium bodied 100% Cab Franc, aged 10-12 months in neutral French Oak barrels. Light berry on the nose eases into hints of pepper and soft fruit on the finish.
2014 DECHIEL MERITAGE
A blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, and 9% Cabernet Franc. Barrel aged 36 months prior to bottling. Elegant luscious fruit with soft tannins. Serve with your best beef recipes, venison tenderloin, and lamb.
ST. MARY'S BLANC
Barrel fermented with Malolactic fermentation giving this wine a buttery finish. This is a dry Vidal Blanc with subtle notes of vanilla, lemon and toast.
This wine is a blend of Concord grapes and Vidal Blanc with 4% residual sugar. It is a blushing, lively wine that is fresh, fruity, and fun. Classic, foxy, and sweet.
And he always had some mighty fine wine
A blend of Chambourcin, DeChaunac, Cab Sauv, and Cab Franc. Our Tuscarora Red is a clear, ruby-red color, with deeply fruited bouquet of plum, black cherry, and blackberry. This wine is lively and fresh on the palate, with soft, rounded tannins followed by a moderate finish. The fresh, well- structured character of this wine makes it an ideal complement to all types of Italian food.
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Petit Verdot blended with Blueberry. Served chilled.
Fruity wine show aromas and flavors of granny smith apples, peaches, and mangos. Served chilled with spicy food.
Viognier blended with Peach. Served chilled.
Still very rare in the U.S., but one of our most popular wines, Rkatsiteli produces an aromatic white wine redolent of orange zest and honeysuckle. A very rare wine for the wine afficionado.
This vintage of Temptation is slender in weight with a powerhouse of berry aroma. Layers of fruit flavors give this wine nice balance and bright fruit characters.
* Pairing suggestions: BBQ, pizza, savory salad, pork, chicken, grilled fish
Indulgence is our signature wine. Each vintage changes to reflect the most balanced wine we can achieve with our Bordeaux varietals. 2017 features Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.
*Pairing suggestions: Steak and other hearty meat dishes, chocolate and hard cheeses.
We co-ferment our Petit Verdot with Viognier skins and then add 5% of our finished Viognier wine prior to bottling. The Viognier allows more floral bouquet also reducing some of tannin characteristics of the Petit Verdot, making this an exquisite marriage.
This Port style wine is made from Chambourcin grapes, fortified with an unoaked, unaged brandy and sweetened to 6% sweetness. It was aged in bourbon barrels for 21 months. It is best enjoyed after dinner or as a night cap or to toast anything special in your life.
Our new blend is 50% Pinot Grigio and 50% Chardonel. We generally use 25% Chardonel in our varietal Pinot Grigio and when we came up with this idea, we knew that a 50/50 blend would be fantastic. So, we’ve named this wine in honor of where both varietals grow here on our estate – Block A. We hope you enjoy this new fresh take on our white blends!
The latest release of our Sparkling White, this 2017 vintage Brut remains similar to our 2016 vintage with zero dosage, or Brut Nature. About the same amount of effervescence as you would find in a traditional Prosecco, you’ll enjoy these fun light bubbles with aromas of white peach and brioche with tart acidity. It is made from 100% Chardonel grapes grown here on our estate and produced using the Charmat method here at the Winery and is unfiltered to give it more depth and body.
Our signature Rosé is bright and fresh, a dry Rosé, made from 100% Chambourcin. The 2018 vintage is a beautiful, light salmon color with beautiful crisp acidity. It offers aromas of rose petal and vine picked strawberries and features beautiful crispy acidity with the flavor of white raspberries. The perfect refreshment for warm Virginia days!
LAKE COUNTRY SUNSET
This sweet white wine has aromas of pear, honeysuckle, and pineapple with undertones of citrus. Medium bodied with a complimentary sweet finish, perfect for sitting on the patio watching the sun go down.
A classic red table wine, medium bodied with bright aromas of bing cherries, black currants and oak that lead to a lingering fruity finish.
*Wine Enthusiast Magazine - 87 Points*
CABERNET FRANC 2016
A favorite among wineries in Virginia, Cabernet Franc is a grape that really showcases Virginia climate and soil conditions that are optimal for growing a spicy, fruit forward Cabernet. It’s like an aroma potpourri of floral and spice, then fills the mouth with dried fruit and preserves reminiscent of a nutty fruitcake, ending with a smooth, caramel chocolate truffle finish.
*Gold- 2017 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition*