HIGHFLY                                     
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.


POORHOUSE
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. 


TRAMINETTE

Contains 100% Traminette. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. Floral notes of rose and white blossoms, with a sweet honeysuckle finish. Smooth, soft mid-palate with balanced, crisp acidity on the finish. Pairs well with fruits, salads, turkey, and spicy dishes.



FREEDOM WHITE              
Fruity wine show aromas and flavors of granny smith apples, peaches, and mangos.  Served chilled with spicy food.


BLUEBERRY           
Blueberry with a Red Wine Blend.  Served chilled.


PEACH

Peach blended with Viognier.  Served chilled.


PEAR

Pear blended with Viognier.  Served chilled


RKATSITELI

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.  


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Tasting Notes


THISTLE WHITE

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.


SEYVAL BLANC

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!

SANGRIA                                            
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

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.


2015 JEREMIAH'S BLUSH

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


TUSCARORA RED

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.

2014 CHARDONNAY

Fermented in stainless steel tanks & French oak barrels. Pleasant bouquet of pear, white flowers, and vanilla. Has a clean acidity and rich mouth-feel that makes it a perfect complement to light seafood or roasted poultry dishes.


JOY WHITE

This refreshing 100% Vidal Blanc wine has beautiful aromas of peaches and pears. After being aged and fermented in stainless steel, it has a great balance between sweetness and acidity; perfect for a hot summer day or paired with spicy Asian or Middle Eastern dishes.


​FRUIT d' VINE APPLE

Riesling-based, with a sweet, juicy, green apple taste. Grandma’s apple pie never tasted so good.  The smell alone is a crowd pleaser. Pairs great with cobbler.


2015 TOURIGA

This lighter-red table wine has soft and smooth tannins. The structure is full of black pepper and blackberry flavors with a hint of sweet chili pepper on both the nose and palate.




ENDLESS SUMMER
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!  
6.9% ABV

AMUSE-BOUCHE
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.  
6.0% ABV


BLACKBERRY LAVENDER

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.
6.9% ABV


RUSTICO

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.
7.5% ABV


BELLA VITA

Infused with raspberries and ginger, this dry, sparkling cider is a perfect compliment to spicy foods. Cheers to the good life!
6.9% ABV



2017 CHARDONNAY ESTATE

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.  


2019 ROSÉ

Freshness and tropicality are always the defining characteristics of the Zephyr blend.  The 2017 vintage continues its course driven by Riesling and Chardonnay, the predominant varietals in this blend.  Intense candied fruit aromatics recall notes of honeydew, Granny Smith apple and pear.  Zephyr’s zippy profile, low alcohol, and punchy fruit make it a perfect pair served ice cold with Southeast Asian or Indian cuisine. 

THATCH HOUSE RED

Thatch House Red is 100% Chambourcin.    With aromas of caramel, this easy drinking light-bodied red features intense boysenberry and candied blueberry flavors.  Subtle hints of blackberry cobbler and black cherry on the finish.


2016 MERITAGE

​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.


SAUVIGNON BLANC                                 
Light citrus with a crisp finish.  Pairs well with seafood and pasta.

VIDAL BLANC                                 
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.


ROSE'
A dry Provence-style  Rosé that features light fruit flavors. 100% Merlot aged 10-12 months in neutral French oak barrels.  


CAB FRANC

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.


STRAWBERRY

A refreshing, chilled wine featuring subtle hints of strawberry.  Great choices for fruit lovers!!

ROSÉ

Our signature Rosé is bright and fresh, a dry Rosé, made from 100% Chambourcin.  The 2019 vintage is a beautiful, light salmon color with beautiful crisp acidity.  It offers aromas of wild mountain strawberries and zingy grapefruit.  The perfect refreshment for warm Virginia days!       


EXTRA BRUT SPARKLING WHITE

The latest release of our Extra Brut Sparkling White, we’d like to introduce our 2018 vintage!  With 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 grapefruit with crisp 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 and has zero dosage, making it one of the driest bottles of bubbles you will find.


VIRGINIA WHITE​

The Rosemont Virginia White is our estate dry white wine blend – one that is versatile for any occasion or cuisine.  It is a crisp dry white, reminiscent of a Pinot Grigio, yet it has more body and fruity characteristics that also harken to our signature white wine, Lineage.  It’s a blend of all of the white hybrid varietals that we grow on our estate – Vidal Blanc, Chardonel and Traminette.


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.


VIRGINIA RED
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*

KILRAVOCK
The name Kilravock comes from the castle in Scotland which the Rose clan has called home and to where we can trace our ancestry.  We chose to use this name for our signature red wine blend, which allows us the opportunity to make the best wine possible from each vintage, hand-selecting the barrels that we feel produce the best wine.  It also allows us to use any grapes that we have available to us to make the best blend, not just limiting us to Bordeaux varietals.
This vintage of Kilravock begins with aromas of dark plums, cherry, cocoa and touches of leather .  On the palate, it is fruit-forward with hints of caramel, toast and just a touch of oak.  It’s a bold wine with strong tannins that will soften over time.  This wine can certainly be cellared for years to come, or enjoyed now after a bit of decanting or with a steak.​


​FORBIDDEN 2018

Forbidden is a dry rosé made from Chambourcin grapes grown by Pinehaven Vineyards.  The delicate color and gentle crispness make Forbidden an absolute pleasure to drink and share with friends.  Drink Forbidden for pleasure, without the guilt.


PURE LUCK

A delicious Viognier and Traminette blend with subtle hints of fruit and a soft, dry finish.

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INDULGENCE 2017            
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.

2017 DECADENCE 

​​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. 

SEDUCTION 2016    
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.