This multi-award winning winery is opening a tasting room in Virginia Beach

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VIRGINIA BEACH — Williamsburg Winery is opening a wine tasting room in Hilltop’s La Promenade Distinctive Shops here.

A date has not been announced yet but it should be in the near future.

“It just made sense” to open a location here in Virginia Beach, sasid Patrick Duffeler II, president and CEO of Williamsburg Winery.

Duffeler said the tasting room’s construction is “somewhere between 98 and 99.5 percent done.”

The winery’s remote wine tasting in Colonial Williamsburg has now been open for a couple of years and has been very successful, Duffeler said, adding the winery “felt strongly that Virginia Beach was a large city that has a good number of our wine club members and we’ve been selling a fair amount of wine” in our area.

Before the Williamsburg location, the only tasting room for Williamsburg Winery was at its Wessex Hundred vineyard, near the James River.

The hours of operation will be during the afternoon and early evening where patrons can enjoy Williamsburg Winery’s wines along with its sparkling wines and ciders. In addition to wine, the tasting room’s menu will be offering a series of small bites, including locally sourced cheeses.

Duffeler said he anticipates there will be a number of programs brought to the Virginia Beach location such as the wine education program that they also host at the Williamsburg location, which “sells out almost every time.”

Along with the programs, there will also be wine club events will also at the Virginia Beach location.

The winery is also looking to work with their wine colleagues in the industry to do comparative wine tastings and “general fun things that are associated with good food and wine,” Duffeler said.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.