First Colony Winery

(434) 979-7105 1650 Harris Creek Rd.
Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Winemaking in the United States has its historical roots in Virginia, where this now thriving industry began in 1607. As a descendant of George Washington's Attorney General, Edmund Randolph, Randolph McElroy, Jr. wanted to continue his family history within the wine business. Buying and opening a winery seemed like a natural fit for this Virginia native. Growing up on a farm in Goochland, Randy always had an affinity for agriculture. After over twenty years in the construction business, Randy wanted to get back to his roots. His love for wine and the land led him to the wine business. After establishing First Colony Winery in December of 2000, Randy began hiring a team of well-trained winemakers, viticulturists, and management staff. A strong foundation was laid with First Colony's first wines released in March, 2002. The 2001 vintage proved to be a promising one for the winery, winning over 20 awards at state, national, and international wine competitions. Rolling fields, shaded patios, a spacious Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Vidal Blanc

    Vidal Blanc has proven to be amongst the versatile varietals in North American viticulture. In Canadian vineyards, th...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

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  • First Colony Winery Zephyr 2010

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    A 2010 Petit Manseng and Vidal Blanc blend from Virginia. Yellow straw in color. Fruit hints of peach and nectarines with a hint of orange blossoms. It has a mid-finish on the palette and balanced acidity. Best served chilled to 50 degrees, and served with a cold crab salad. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Seriously, what do you folks want to knwo more about. I may not get to Italy until next May but I thought this might be a fun idea to start kicking around.Snoothers create an itinerary for me, I'll go to the wineries, taste the wines, ask your questions, shoot the videos you want me to shoot, and at it's essence deliver the kind of content you a... Read More

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  • First Colony Shanando 2005

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    Wine review by myotis18


  • First Colony Winery Tannat Monticello 2005

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    Very bold with heavy tannins and a pleasant finish. This is not a wine for the faint of heart but if you like a wine that holds its own with a heavy meal or long conversation you'll love this one. For me this is one of the best wines found in Virginia. Read More

    Wine review by cvillechopper


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  • What's the worst wine you have ever had? I had some Don Luciano Shiraz over the weekend (which is a $4.00 wine I picked up at Wal-Mart...just to see). I had had the Don Luciano Chardonnay and it was OK, but the Shiraz I had smelled like road kill (very heavy sulfur)--I wonder if I got a bad bottle.  Has anyone else tried it? Read More

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  • First Colony Winery Viognier Monticello 2005

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    Wine review by Jschwendemann


  • My wine thought of the day... and this might be a hard question to answer. Mostly because we may all really be winos at the end of the day:If wine did not carry the alcohol content and threat of 'overdrinking', yet held the same characteristics of fruit and terroir and complexity, would you still drink it?I've thought about this one a lot... wan... Read More

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  • First Colony Winery Claret NV

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    Wine review by christineyvonne


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