New Kent Winery
The winery was built by craftsmen of historic materials reclaimed from buildings and structures well over a century old. Beautiful heart-pine trusses came from a 1901 Southern Railroad Depot located in Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom. Heart pine structural timbers and floor timbers were recovered from a Connecticut warehouse circa 1852. The stunning exterior facade boasts handmade, pre-Civil War bricks. Siding and roof shingles were milled from cypress logs that had been submerged in Florida rivers for more than 150 years.
New Kent’s 17,000-square-foot winery. The vineyards adjacent to the winery were planted in 2001 and currently there are 20+ acres under cultivation with Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Chardonnay, Vidal, Norton and Cabernet Sauvignon varietals. The planting of six additional acres in Spring 2016 will help the Dombroski Family move toward their goal of 50 acres in the next few years.
New Kent was a smaller more reserved type of winery. But what I loved about this winery was the historic make up of the building where they processed the wine. It had wood fixtures and components from all over the world. The brick was pre civil war and left in its natural state. Like most southern wineries. They focused on more sweeter smooth wines that I have to say was enjoyable. The two my wife and I walked away with was the Virginia Vidal Blanc and the Virginia White Merlot. Me being an off and on Merlot fan. I couldn't wait to try the white merlot. I have to say it is a unique taste and a very friendly to the palate sitting wine (some may say sipping). I still came here for the refreshing summer complement to this time of year so I didn't focus too much on the reds they had. With my palate for red wines being a little more mature. The reds that they had available did not stand out for me to add to my collection. We enjoyed the tasting and even though the tour was short. It had very good substance to its history. We thank the Dombroski family for a very nice experience.