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This was a weekday stop with friends. The winery is expanding, so the grounds are not quite as lovely as they will be, but it is easy to see how badly an expansion is needed. The tasting was a treat -... more »
This winery is right on historic Route One just up from 295. It is a cute little place that is in the process of expanding. The tasting menu has 13 wines on it and they had two more open to try. All t... more »
The location and set up of the winery is very nice. While off a busy road and near the 295 loop, you still feel tucked away and peaceful. The winery is set back from the road and has a very nice garde... more »
My wife and I were wine club members for a few years before moving to SC and we loved the wines at James River and visit every time we are in VA. However, the service on this trip was awful. After purchasing over a case of wine, we asked if we could borrow a knife to cut our cheese for our cheese and crackers and lady getting our classes said she would look. She came back and said "I did not see a knife in passing", so she did not get us one. In addition, apparently some of their bottles were missed labeled which I completely understand. However I did not check my case since the cashier boxed it up for me and as you can see in the image, I ordered 4 bottles of Rad Red (which is on the label), but the label actually says oops I'm actually Hanover Red. One would think the staff would be more cautious with mislabeled bottles. Update: The tasting room manager finally got in contact with me and is refunding us the cost of the incorrect bottle, but its still disappointing to not receive what you order in addition to the poor customer service.
Good wine but staff (pretty stiff always asking for ID) and atmosphere (adjacent to an industrial highway and a driving range) give it a 3.
Good Wine, Nice Patio. Great place to bring well behaved dogs!
Went here for the Harvest Festival. Found a deal on Living Social, but I have to say it's worth the full price admission. Parking was organized and simple. The landscaping is intact and cozy, and makes for a nice place to sit and relax or walk around. Located on a busy road, but is far enough back that it doesn't interfere with your enjoyment. The tasting room is small, but there are table and chairs downstairs and upstairs, on a balcony, and in the garden/patio. The building has a cozy cottage feeling and beautiful wooden floors and stairs. Restrooms downstairs and upstairs, and were clean. Took a tour of the winery, then attended a winemaking 101 session with the owner Mitzi. She's such a delight to talk to and thoroughly enjoys this business. She knows the science behind it and that makes it easier to understand and helps you appreciate your tasting session even more. I'm not a big fan of reds, but I did like their Montpelier Blush. As a fan of whites, I did take home a bottle of their Hanover White. Such a clean, crisp taste that isn't overly sweet. I like how they involve their customers with tastings, pairings, and education in such a comfortable, relaxed environment.
Love the wine and belong to their wine club. Great service and lovely atmosphere.
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