Our winemaker, Matthew Meyer, came to the Williamsburg Winery via Napa Valley, California. His resume includes tenure working for some of the country's most prestigious wineries: Heitz Wine Cellars and Grgich Hills.


As risk-free as a winemaker's work may seem, Matthew tells that it is not without its hazards: during his time with Heitz Cellars, he amassed a few emotional scars at the hands of Joe Heitz.  Joe walked with a cane, and when an assistant winemaker would have a wrong approach on a process, Joe would not be above using his cane to make his point known!  But the lessons learned in the midst of, arguably, one of the finest wineries in the world proved invaluable.


Matthew is uncompromising with his wines. If a harvest does not yield the quality of fruit needed to produce one of his signature wines, the winery simply wlll not produce that vintage. It is an unyielding policy, and it ensures that every wine bearing Matthew's handprint will not simply be a great regional wine, but one that can compete on the world stage.


Our goal at The Williamsburg Winery is not only to produce the highest quality wines but to also elevate Virginia's place in the roster of wine producing regions.  Kevin Zraly, one of the best known wine educators in the world, recently returned from a sixteen-country world tour of the major wine producing regions; his findings were that South Africa and Virginia were the next two 'hottest' regions in the world for wine production. 


We would, modestly, like to think that Matthew's efforts have contributed to that assessment.




                                 The 2010 Crush-Crew:
Nadine Raymond, Stacey Lightfoot, Matthew Meyer, Ian Grymes         Vineyard Manager Tom Child examining his 2010 fruit