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First Colony Winery

Charlottesville , VA

LOCATION

1650 Harris Creek Road
Charlottesville, VA 22902 US (map)

PHONE

434-979-7105

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

First Colony Winery would be honored to host your special event. Located about 10 miles from Charlottesville, the winery offers several venue choices for your celebration. Gatherings may... Read more
First Colony Winery would be honored to host your special event. Located about 10 miles from Charlottesville, the winery offers several venue choices for your celebration. Gatherings may be held in our Tavern Room, Terrace Gardens, the Chanticleer Loft, the Tasting Room, Covered Crush Pad or for the most intimate setting, directly in the vineyard. We are able to accommodate a maximum of 150 guests, but 120 for a seated meal is the most comfortable. Our pricing includes 15 round tables, 150 chairs, 2 barrels for your use during your ceremony or reception and one First Colony staff person to help oversee your event. We ask that you also purchase a minimum of two cases of First Colony wine for your event at a 20% discount.

Whether you envision a celebration that's traditional or trend-setting, festive or formal, intimate or grand scale, let First Colony Winery be your host. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
10
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
3
Describe your venue:
Loft, Winery
Describe the style of your venue
Country, Rustic, Garden
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
150
What event services do you offer?
Bridal Suite, Outside Vendors OK
What transportation and access is available?
Parking

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Perfect for an intimate wedding and we could not have asked for a better and more accommodating coordinator to work with! Very highly recommend!!
Perfect for an intimate wedding and we could not have asked for a better and more accommodating coordinator to work with! Read more...
Perfect for an intimate wedding and we could not have asked for a better and more accommodating coordinator to work with! Very highly recommend!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Heather and Bruce were very responsive and flexible from the first time we visited the winery. We chose First Colony because my daughter wanted a bbq 4th of July 'party' style wedding -- not a ballroom type affair. First Colony was rustic enough to satisfy that description, but had the capacity to seat 150 guests in air conditioning if the weather didn't permit us to have outdoor seating. It did in fact pour down rain during dinner and we were comfortable with our 145 guests upstairs. The DJ was set up downstairs in the tasting room and that's where the dancing took place. Some of the features of First Colony that appealed to us: the price; tables and chairs didn't have to be rented; we could bring in our own alcohol for the caterer to serve; there is a large walk in refrigerator to store flowers and food before reception; the very kind owners. Some of the negatives: with a group as large as ours we weren't able to accommodate dancing and eating in one area inside; the food servers had to replenish the upstairs buffet via the main stairway that the guest were using; the outdoor lighting wasn't sufficient without additional lights brought in; the air conditioner did not cool sufficiently. Overall we were very pleased with First Colony and felt we made a good choice based on what our daughter wanted.
Heather and Bruce were very responsive and flexible from the first time we visited the winery. We chose First Colony Read more...
Heather and Bruce were very responsive and flexible from the first time we visited the winery. We chose First Colony because my daughter wanted a bbq 4th of July 'party' style wedding -- not a ballroom type affair. First Colony was rustic enough to satisfy that description, but had the capacity to seat 150 guests in air conditioning if the weather didn't permit us to have outdoor seating. It did in fact pour down rain during dinner and we were comfortable with our 145 guests upstairs. The DJ was set up downstairs in the tasting room and that's where the dancing took place. Some of the features of First Colony that appealed to us: the price; tables and chairs didn't have to be rented; we could bring in our own alcohol for the caterer to serve; there is a large walk in refrigerator to store flowers and food before reception; the very kind owners. Some of the negatives: with a group as large as ours we weren't able to accommodate dancing and eating in one area inside; the food servers had to replenish the upstairs buffet via the main stairway that the guest were using; the outdoor lighting wasn't sufficient without additional lights brought in; the air conditioner did not cool sufficiently. Overall we were very pleased with First Colony and felt we made a good choice based on what our daughter wanted. Read less
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First Colony Winery responded with the following comments:

Thank you for choosing First Colony for your daughter's wedding. Your family made it so easy for us to work with you and you were as flexible as we were! The American flag was so beautiful and such a hit on the 4th of July. Last week we installed a third air conditioning unit in the Loft to help cool the space when 100+ people are using it. We are really looking forward to seeing some of the photos from the wedding. Please visit the next time you are in town!
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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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Sally
Wedding:
9/10/2016
4.9/5.0
We have nothing but great things to say about First Colony. Lia and all the staff there were extremely welcoming and helpful in the lead up to the wedding and the venue itself was a charming winery with great views. We had our ceremony outside in the terrace garden, cocktail hour in the tasting room and then used the loft space for our reception. First Colony accommodated all of our other vendors and were responsive to my many emails and questions!
We have nothing but great things to say about First Colony. Lia and all the staff there were extremely welcoming and Read more...
We have nothing but great things to say about First Colony. Lia and all the staff there were extremely welcoming and helpful in the lead up to the wedding and the venue itself was a charming winery with great views. We had our ceremony outside in the terrace garden, cocktail hour in the tasting room and then used the loft space for our reception. First Colony accommodated all of our other vendors and were responsive to my many emails and questions! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
11/7/2015
4.9/5.0
I would just like to say I cannot imagine having my wedding anywhere else! It is the perfect amount of rustic with the unfinished wood downstairs and huge, comfortable upstairs Loft. It has a very relaxed, comfortable atmosphere which was exactly what I wanted for my wedding. We decided to rent the whole winery so we could have more freedom for planning. Heather was very communicative and accommodating; she answered my hundreds of questions weeks before the wedding date in a very timely manner, and even let me know when there would be a delay in her responses. The staff was so friendly and inviting, they were available 24/7 and frequently checked on us to see if we needed anything; they helped set up the chairs and tables which were all provided by the winery. The loft is spacious enough to fit 90 guests seated with room for a dance floor, DJ, and buffet tables. Luckily there were no events going on the day before so we were able to start decorating the Loft then, since the Tasting room is not accessible until the day and time of your wedding. The wines were crazy delicious and you get a 20% discount that can be extended to your guests, which some of them took advantage of. I only gave 4.5 stars for flexibility because our wedding was during daylight savings time and I felt like the extra money to close the winery earlier was a bit overpriced ($300/hr), but that was really my only gripe because I'm glad we did as we were losing daylight quickly since it was a rainy day. Everything about this winery was perfect and my caterer was very happy to have a prep room for his food. The stairs to the loft are a little small so I would definitely recommend warning guests to watch their step, but we did not have any complaints about it. I love this venue and will be revisiting it just for their award winning wines. I cannot recommend it enough, and you will not be disappointed for choosing them for your special day.
I would just like to say I cannot imagine having my wedding anywhere else! It is the perfect amount of rustic with the Read more...
I would just like to say I cannot imagine having my wedding anywhere else! It is the perfect amount of rustic with the unfinished wood downstairs and huge, comfortable upstairs Loft. It has a very relaxed, comfortable atmosphere which was exactly what I wanted for my wedding. We decided to rent the whole winery so we could have more freedom for planning. Heather was very communicative and accommodating; she answered my hundreds of questions weeks before the wedding date in a very timely manner, and even let me know when there would be a delay in her responses. The staff was so friendly and inviting, they were available 24/7 and frequently checked on us to see if we needed anything; they helped set up the chairs and tables which were all provided by the winery. The loft is spacious enough to fit 90 guests seated with room for a dance floor, DJ, and buffet tables. Luckily there were no events going on the day before so we were able to start decorating the Loft then, since the Tasting room is not accessible until the day and time of your wedding. The wines were crazy delicious and you get a 20% discount that can be extended to your guests, which some of them took advantage of. I only gave 4.5 stars for flexibility because our wedding was during daylight savings time and I felt like the extra money to close the winery earlier was a bit overpriced ($300/hr), but that was really my only gripe because I'm glad we did as we were losing daylight quickly since it was a rainy day. Everything about this winery was perfect and my caterer was very happy to have a prep room for his food. The stairs to the loft are a little small so I would definitely recommend warning guests to watch their step, but we did not have any complaints about it. I love this venue and will be revisiting it just for their award winning wines. I cannot recommend it enough, and you will not be disappointed for choosing them for your special day. Read less
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Elise
Wedding:
6/20/2015
4.8/5.0
First Colony staff & owners were very friendly and helpful throughout the wedding planning process. The winery was under new management after signing our wedding contract with FCW. The new owners were great about accommodating the original contract signed, and were flexible with setup times, catering, photography, etc. We were able to visit FCW as many times as necessary prior to event, and the owner was available to meet at FCW several times for questions. FCW was also very prompt in responding to e-mails with wedding question specifics. On the wedding day, there was the "perfect storm"! Things did not go quite as planned, but FCW staff went above and beyond to keep things running as smoothly as possible. The evening ended up not being quite ideal, which was partially out of the hands of FCW, however, they were responsive in providing understanding and compensation for the mishaps. FCW has been very helpful and flexible and overall great to work with! I would recommend FCW winery to others! Evening was romantic, and the guests loved the wine! We will be back to visit very soon!
First Colony staff & owners were very friendly and helpful throughout the wedding planning process. The winery was under Read more...
First Colony staff & owners were very friendly and helpful throughout the wedding planning process. The winery was under new management after signing our wedding contract with FCW. The new owners were great about accommodating the original contract signed, and were flexible with setup times, catering, photography, etc. We were able to visit FCW as many times as necessary prior to event, and the owner was available to meet at FCW several times for questions. FCW was also very prompt in responding to e-mails with wedding question specifics. On the wedding day, there was the "perfect storm"! Things did not go quite as planned, but FCW staff went above and beyond to keep things running as smoothly as possible. The evening ended up not being quite ideal, which was partially out of the hands of FCW, however, they were responsive in providing understanding and compensation for the mishaps. FCW has been very helpful and flexible and overall great to work with! I would recommend FCW winery to others! Evening was romantic, and the guests loved the wine! We will be back to visit very soon! 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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Stephanie
Wedding:
10/29/2016
4.4/5.0
First Colony Winery is a beautiful venue if you plan to have a smaller wedding. We had about 115 and the space was a little tight, but we made it work! I'd say 120 max. The views were beautiful from each part of the property and we could to have asked for better weather. The FCW crew worked quickly to get the ceremony space set up and the tasting room cleared out. The reception space is great. The wood work in there is so awesome- it needed very little decorations.
I would highly recommend FCW for the location, the event space, and the price. However, I would also recommend hiring a clean up crew for the next day, so that you aren't stuck doing it early in the morning.
First Colony Winery is a beautiful venue if you plan to have a smaller wedding. We had about 115 and the space was a Read more...
First Colony Winery is a beautiful venue if you plan to have a smaller wedding. We had about 115 and the space was a little tight, but we made it work! I'd say 120 max. The views were beautiful from each part of the property and we could to have asked for better weather. The FCW crew worked quickly to get the ceremony space set up and the tasting room cleared out. The reception space is great. The wood work in there is so awesome- it needed very little decorations.
I would highly recommend FCW for the location, the event space, and the price. However, I would also recommend hiring a clean up crew for the next day, so that you aren't stuck doing it early in the morning. Read less
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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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10% off any bookings for weddings held in 2016
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Promo Code: 2016   $500 Value
First Colony Winery is offering a 10% discount off any bookings for weddings held in 2016 from now until December 31, 2016. Contact our Events Manager, Lia Pepper for information on available dates and to schedule a tour of our winery at events@firstcolonywinery.com or (434) 979-7105.

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