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.

BLOCK A                    
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!


ROSÉ 2018

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.


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*

Tasting Notes

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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.


CHARDONNAY                                 
Contains 100% Chardonnay. Fermented in stainless steel and aged in 3-6 year-old barrels. Richly textured nose of pear, citrus, and a touch of butterscotch and cream. On the palate, it is full-bodied with a smooth texture from barrel fermentation and aging on lees. Focused acidity creates a long and pleasant finish. Pairs well with pasta, seafood, poultry dishes, and soft cheeses.


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


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

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


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


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.

PEACH                            
Viognier  blended with Peach.  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.  

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.

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



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.

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.

TOTIER CREEK WHITE

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



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.


2018 ROSÉ

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. 


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.