Aged in neutral French oak barrels for 10-12 months.  Lightly oaked flavors blend with a soft acidity on the end.  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.

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


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.


Amazing Grace Vineyard Viognier has been a First Colony staff and customer favorite since its debut vintage in 2015. In part, that is thanks to the varietal itself. Virginia Viognier picked fully ripe produces a wine possessed of an exotic, seductive perfume and broad, voluptuous stone fruit character that is difficult to resist. And certainly, in those respects our 2017 Viognier is true to type. Leaping from the glass with musky, floral aromatics of honeysuckle, mayflower, and donut peach, the wine is rich and unctuous, with pear and peach flavors predominating on the palate. What sets this wine apart, however, is its unusual sense of place, also known as terroir character. Where many of its brethren are rather one-dimensionally fruity, First Colony's Viognier is further complicated by an intense, granitic minerality that serves to lift and enliven its palate. Pair with scallops over risotto and drink any time now-2020.


First Colony’s 2017 Riesling Reserve represents an exceptional improvement upon this wine’s maiden vintage in 2017, owing both to a better vineyard source and a truly remarkable growing season. Initially somewhat reticent in the glass, the wine blossoms with several minutes of aeration, displaying zesty, head-turning aromas of Kaffir lime, lemon pith, and wet stone. The palate is linear and sheer, with mouth-watering citrus fruit and shimmering minerality that practically beg for another sip. After several days an open bottle begins to show even more complexity, taking on herbaceous, floral tones of wisteria and pennyroyal that fan out of the finish like a peacock’s tail, suggesting that the wine will benefit enormously from several years of aging.


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.


In 2015 the Silver Doctor stands out for its vivid, spicy aromatics, redolent of cinnamon, cardamom, and white pepper, as well as its luxuriant, velvety mouthfeel. In 2015 these two sites ripened their fruit uncommonly early, before the remains of hurricane Joaquin slammed into the mid-Atlantic region, and as a result the wine shows a fine, silken texture, even at this early age. While there’s little question that it will continue to improve over the next three to four years in bottle, the 2015 Silver Doctor is already too delicious to resist, packed as it is with jammy strawberry and black cherry flavors and totally absent any astringency. Drink now-2021.

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INNOCENCE 2017          

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


100% Pinot Gris which features soft notes of pineapple and honeysuckle.  Light citrus and a tickle of acidity finish with a soft almond note.  

​*Pairing suggestions:  Asian, Cajun, and Seafood

INDULGENCE 2016            
This vintage of Indulgence is a blend of our estate grown Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.  The blend of Bordeaux varietals makes this an elegant wine. We think you will appreciate the softness and depth of this Indulgence.
*Pairing suggestions: Steak and other hearty meat dishes, chocolate and hard cheeses.

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.

Amber Lager.  A crisp and refreshing lager with just enough malt backbone to remind you that you're drinking a real Virginian classic.  

5.2% ABV | 19 IBUs​

Cherries lend this cider its signature blush color while complimenting the apples to create one of the most bright and refreshing ciders you've ever had! 

6.5% ABV


To create the James Bean, we use the base malt recipe of the Sherman Stout but add oatmeal and vanilla to the brew, removing the strong coffee flavor that you find in the Sherman. The result is a Porter that is medium brown in color and full in taste. Toasted malts hit on the front and quickly mingle with the vanilla before giving way to hints of oatmeal on the back.

ABV 6.9% IBU: 10


In 1828, the University of Virginia created their own fire company made up of students, professors and servants. Their sole fire engine was called the Hydraulion, a pump wagon with the waterpower of 16 men. The UVA Fire Company left their mark for almost 100 years before giving way to the town of Charlottesville’s Fire Department. Our Hydraulion Red is a nod to not only UVA’s firefighters, but the brave men and women everywhere who risk their lives every day, while saving ours.

This Irish-Style Red is a perfectly balanced beer with a great caramel sweetness alongside a tangy, citrusy hop profile.

5.3% ABV | 22 IBU


We named this beer because we’re right off the Appalachian Trail, specifically Milepost 842. It’s a golden hybrid of the citrus and resinous flavors of an IPA with the fresh malt finish of a lager. With its medium body and crisp mouthfeel, it gives your tastebuds the same kind of lift hikers get when we pick them up off the trail and drive them to the brewpub! 

7.6% ABV | 48 IBU


Light crystal malt with a heavy hand of Simcoe, Cascade and Centennial hops complemented by natural orange flavoring.  

 7% ABV | 65 IBU


The Virginia Original. Our most popular beer, Legend Brown Ale is a full bodied version of an American Brown Ale. Expect a rich, malt-forward brew with a beautiful mahogany tone. Generous amounts of specialty malts bring flavors of sweet caramel, toasted nuts, coffee, and molasses, all perfectly balanced by cautious hop dryness. Fruity undertones provided by our house yeast strain bring the final flavor element to round out this world class ale.

5.8% ABV | 19 IBU


Ardent Pilsner is a golden straw, clear pilsner with classic lager aroma that is clean and bready, with light grassiness from 100% Hallertauer mittelfrüh noble hops. Medium body and high carbonation accentuate the soft bitterness, malty sweetness and mild fruitiness. Ardent Pilsner is a crisp, refreshing German-style pils that finishes dry and clean with a creamy, long-lasting head that leaves rich lacing. #neverstoplagering 

5% ABV | 36 IBU

TRAMINETTE 2016                      
A crisp, dry white wine with floral aromas and a touch of spiciness and citrus undertones.  A slight minerality and crisp finish makes this a great pairing for spicy foods, oysters, sushi or a light salad.

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*

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*


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.  

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

This one of a kind bubbly white is a Brut (very dry) sparkler made Methode Champenoise. 

RKATSITELI WHITE               
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.  

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

CRANBERRY RED                               
Cabernet Franc blended with Cranberry.  Served chilled.

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.

This wine is floral, fruity with good acidity. It is fresh and slightly sweet on the palate with a tart finish. 1% residual sugar. Great with spicy foods, pork, or white fish.


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.

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.

VIDAL BLANC                                   
Contains 100% Vidal Blanc.  Fermented and aged in stainless steel.  Intense tropical nose with hints of peach and honeydew melon. Fruit forward with bright acidity, a subtle soft palate of tropical fruits and a zesty, citrus finish.  Pairs well with soft cheeses, oysters, and light fish dishes.

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. 

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