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

2017 AMAZING GRACE VIOGNIER


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.


2017 RIESLING RESERVE


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.


2015 TOTIER CREEK


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.


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.


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.

ROCKBRIDGE RIESLING             
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.


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.


SOUTH STREET SATAN'S PONY
A reference to the Triumph motorcycle, this throw-back amber ale is designed to highlight a balanced malt complexity.  Scottish ale yeast and traditional UK hops give Satan's Pony a pleasant sweetness balanced by a restrained hop character.  Saddle up and enjoy the ride.  

5.3% ABV | 12 IBU


BUSKEY CIDER SALTED CARAMEL           

Cider, caramel, and sea salt combine for a true holiday treat!
6.0% ABV



JAMES RIVER SHERMAN STOUT

This classic style is proof that sometimes less is more.  We designed a traditional recipe and let the beer speak for itself.  The result is a shining example of a few simple ingredients yielding a deeply complex beer.  A rich malty prominence of coffee and caramel delivers a toasty sweetness tied together eloquently by notes of dark chocolate.  Robust yet refreshing from first sip to last drop.
5.8% ABV | 37 IBU



PARKWAY BREWING MY BIGGEST FAN

Rich, malty, complex. This English Brown has notes of roasted coffee, light chocolate, and a hint of toffee. A nice malty sweetness and a slight, earthy, hoppy bitterness help round out this wonderful brown ale.
6.6% ABV | 24 IBU


STARR HILL NORTHERN LIGHTS

A newly enhanced version of a classic American-style India Pale Ale, Northern Lights is characterized by its full-flavored bitterness and poignant citrus-floral aroma. A perfect blend of barley and hops makes this a very balanced IPA.  
6.2% ABV| 55 IBU



HARDYWOOD PILS

Crisp, clean and incomparably quaffable, Hardywood Pils sparkles a brilliant shade of gold with a rich, cloud-white head. Hand crafted with only the finest European pilsner malt and German noble hops, Pils is patiently conditioned for weeks in our lagering tanks, maturing into a beer that refreshes the palate and satiates the soul. This classic pilsner is the quintessential lager beer in its purest form, brewed in strict accordance with the Reinheitsgebot Law. Hardywood Pils is a nod to old world tradition offered by the innovative brewers at Hardywood. Prost!
5.2% ABV | 35 IBUs



PLEASURE HOUSE SHARK TEARS

Our first kettle-soured beer, this Gose is firmly tart before the salt and a hint of fruitiness make the beer a refreshing delight! The salt was reduced in house from 20 gallons of sea water brought in by one of our customers. The fruitiness comes from chopped rhubarb steeped in the wort as it soured. Look out for more tart beers--we really like this one! 
4.8% ABV | 7 IBU



ARDENT SAISON

Our friends from Off Color Brewing came all the way from Chicago to RVA to brew a collaboration beer with us right here at Ardent! Infused with juniper berries and peppercorns, If You Please is a cloudy, unfiltered petite saison with a peppery, lightly funky character derived from a Lithuanian farmhouse ale yeast strain. This is a bright, dry, effervescent crusher, so enjoy a couple pints, If You Please.
4.4% ABV | 26 IBU

CHARDONNAY                                 
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.


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.

BELLA VITA
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 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

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

BLUEBERRY             
Petit Verdot blended with Blueberry.  Served chilled.

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.


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.  

Tasting Notes

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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.


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*

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*

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


CON​FESSION 2017

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.

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.


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.


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. 


BULL'S BLUSH

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