I recently stopped by Lake Anna Winery located in Spotsylvania about 30 minutes west of Fredericksburg. Although I have been through that part of the state several times, and seen the signs for it, I had never thought to stop and give it a try. Am I glad I did!
The first thing I noticed were the vines. Planted everywhere and all filled out, they made for a nice picturesque backdrop. Inside the tasting room we were greeted by the resident pooch who is mostly interested in the wine crackers.
Now for the good stuff…
The staff is very friendly and engaging. After reading other reviews on the winery, I noticed that friendly staff is something mentioned by several reviewers. They certainly lived up to that reputation. Patti and Sandy were working that day and seemed to enjoy having us there. Patti handled the tasting and walked us through the wines and some history of the property.
The first vines were planted in the early 1980s with the first harvest taking place in 1984. The winery itself was completed in 1990. In recent years, they have won several awards for their wines, too many to list here, but take a look at their website for a full listing.
Two wines that stood out to me from the ones they offered for tasting were the 2012 Chambourcin and the 2012 Barrel Select Chardonnay. Both these wines were very well done. At the 2014 Governor’s Cup, the Chambourcin took silver and the Chardonnay took bronze. I ended up getting a bottle of the Barrel Select Chardonnay, but had the temperature been a little cooler, I would have picked up the Chambourcin.
All-in-all, this was a big, pleasant surprise for me. I was not expecting wine of this caliber when I decided to stop by. If you are in the Lake Anna area, definitely make some time to stop by Lake Anna Winery. Though the tasting did not come with a keepsake glass, it was only $5 per person and well worth it. Although it is not that close to many other wineries, it is part of the Heart of Virginia Wine Trail which offers tastings at 6 wineries for $20 per person.