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First Colony Winery

Charlottesville

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Charlottesville, US

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Amanda
Wedding:
10/25/2014
2.6/5.0
This is a beautiful ceremony & reception site, but I was unhappy with the service & lack of professionalism I received. They have a newly renovated bridal suite that is lovely & their wine is fantastic, but they really have no idea what they're doing when it comes to weddings.

When I booked First Colony Winery as my venue, I was assisted by their wedding & event coordinator. However, between the time I had booked & my wedding date, she abruptly quit & they had no replacement for her. It seems that my paperwork had all gotten lost after she quit as well.
About a month before my wedding I sent an email to her account to ask some questions about setting up for the reception the day before. I received a reply back from one of the owners informing me that she had quit. She also told me that I needed to select my cases of wine for the event (you have to use theirs) and she said she *thought* the rest of my deposit was due soon.
I had already bought my wine & they were supposed to be holding it for me! They eventually found it, but it was so much undue stress! That, plus they didn't know when my deposit was due & started asking for it early, which also was stressful.

My only other gripe about my experience here happened on my wedding day The bridal chamber has windows that overlook the barrel room of the winery. It's cool to see, but there are no curtains and while I was in the bridal suite getting ready, there were employees climbing up on top of the barrels and LOOKING INTO THE BRIDAL SUITE. It was really creepy. One of them was the winemaker there, who is already kind of creepy in the first place.

I will say that, on a positive note, they are very flexible about when you can setup/tear down for the reception. They also let me wander around the winery to plan & measure for decorations on any given day I went down there. The price is reasonable, just don't expect ANY help from the winery. They literally only provide you the venue, tables, & chairs.
This is a beautiful ceremony & reception site, but I was unhappy with the service & lack of professionalism I received. Read more...
This is a beautiful ceremony & reception site, but I was unhappy with the service & lack of professionalism I received. They have a newly renovated bridal suite that is lovely & their wine is fantastic, but they really have no idea what they're doing when it comes to weddings.

When I booked First Colony Winery as my venue, I was assisted by their wedding & event coordinator. However, between the time I had booked & my wedding date, she abruptly quit & they had no replacement for her. It seems that my paperwork had all gotten lost after she quit as well.
About a month before my wedding I sent an email to her account to ask some questions about setting up for the reception the day before. I received a reply back from one of the owners informing me that she had quit. She also told me that I needed to select my cases of wine for the event (you have to use theirs) and she said she *thought* the rest of my deposit was due soon.
I had already bought my wine & they were supposed to be holding it for me! They eventually found it, but it was so much undue stress! That, plus they didn't know when my deposit was due & started asking for it early, which also was stressful.

My only other gripe about my experience here happened on my wedding day The bridal chamber has windows that overlook the barrel room of the winery. It's cool to see, but there are no curtains and while I was in the bridal suite getting ready, there were employees climbing up on top of the barrels and LOOKING INTO THE BRIDAL SUITE. It was really creepy. One of them was the winemaker there, who is already kind of creepy in the first place.

I will say that, on a positive note, they are very flexible about when you can setup/tear down for the reception. They also let me wander around the winery to plan & measure for decorations on any given day I went down there. The price is reasonable, just don't expect ANY help from the winery. They literally only provide you the venue, tables, & chairs. Read less
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Angela
Wedding:
9/14/2013
4.6/5.0
My husband and I were married a month ago at First Colony Winery. Overall, the experience was amazing and we do not have any regrets. The price was beyond reasonable, and throughout our engagement Martha (the general manager) went above and beyond to make us happy, and was always very quick with her responses to my many many emails. They were very trusting and flexible, and really let us sort of take over the space and make it our own for the wedding, which was very nice. My only complaints were that the chairs and tables were upstairs when my decorating committee arrived as we had expected, and the tasting room was not closed and ready for us to prepare for cocktail hour by the time that we had discussed with Martha. So only a few miscommunications, but really everything was beautiful and we would happily recommend First Colony to anyone we know! Also, they are under new ownership and there have been rumors of a new fancy event space coming soon---though the space they have now is very rustic and pretty!
My husband and I were married a month ago at First Colony Winery. Overall, the experience was amazing and we do not have Read more...
My husband and I were married a month ago at First Colony Winery. Overall, the experience was amazing and we do not have any regrets. The price was beyond reasonable, and throughout our engagement Martha (the general manager) went above and beyond to make us happy, and was always very quick with her responses to my many many emails. They were very trusting and flexible, and really let us sort of take over the space and make it our own for the wedding, which was very nice. My only complaints were that the chairs and tables were upstairs when my decorating committee arrived as we had expected, and the tasting room was not closed and ready for us to prepare for cocktail hour by the time that we had discussed with Martha. So only a few miscommunications, but really everything was beautiful and we would happily recommend First Colony to anyone we know! Also, they are under new ownership and there have been rumors of a new fancy event space coming soon---though the space they have now is very rustic and pretty! Read less
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Ann
Wedding:
5/29/2010
5.0/5.0
We all loved every bit of the winery. Everyone was very easy to get a long with, and always right there when we needed them.
We all loved every bit of the winery. Everyone was very easy to get a long with, and always right there when we needed Read more...
We all loved every bit of the winery. Everyone was very easy to get a long with, and always right there when we needed them. Read less
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