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First Colony Winery

Charlottesville, VA · View map · Visit website

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About First Colony Winery

Your Day. Your venue. We're here to help make your vision a reality! Thatch Winery is a boutique property located just 10 minutes from downtown Charlottesville. Lined with meticulously manicured vineyards and mature trees, Thatch provides the perfect setting to exchange vows on your special day. We’ve been hosting weddings for the past 18 years and recently underwent extensive renovations to enhance the experience for our wedding couples.

(Previously First Colony Winery)

The Spaces:

Indoor - Rustic Loft:

This recently renovated space features a built-in bar, stunning slate fireplace, and enchanting bistro lighting throughout. This is an ideal space for a relaxed reception that allows guests to mingle and dance the night away in comfort.

Outdoor - View of the Vineyard:

The outdoor option provides the most flexibility for design. This outdoor event space is nestled near our vines and the space can be tented to accommodate up to 200 people.

Couples are welcome to use licensed vendors of their choosing or select from our list of preferred vendors.

Have questions? Let us know, we're flexible. We have pricing and event packages to fit any budget.

All-day access to our Bridal Suite is included in every package. Caterers will have access to our warming kitchen.

Services Offered:

  • Dedicated Wedding & Events Manager to help make your vision a reality
  • 120 chairs and various tables included in venue rental
  • Setup assistance

Situated on 60 acres, Thatch Winery features gardens, patios, a new expansive back deck, a renovated loft, two fireplaces and three tasting bars. Thatch has over 12 acres under vine featuring varietals such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

Thatch is the only winery in the country with a custom thatched roof, which was topped off in 2015. Open daily for tastings and tasty bites, the winery also offers packages for weddings, group events and holiday parties.

Contact us for a tour! We’d love to show you around our beautiful property.

4.7 out of 5.0

12 Reviews for First Colony Winery

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12 First Colony Winery Reviews


Married on 01/18/2017

  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0

First Colony Winery was the perfect place for my partner and I to elope!. The venue is gorgeous, and the staff is friendly, accommodating, and attentive. I would strongly recommend FCW as a wedding or ... Read more event venue to anyone!


Recently married

  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 5.0
  • Flexibility 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 ... Read more 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.


Married on 06/17/2017

  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0

Excellent Staff and Venue. Very professional and friendly. Read more Excellent Staff and Venue. Very professional and friendly.

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