Mattaponi Winery; Conquerer of the fruit wine

My efforts to complete the Northern Virginia wine region required a couple stops south, just north of Fredericksburg. One of the stops along the way was Mattaponi Winery, which bears a Native American theme throughout the winery. We originally planned on dropping by Lake Anna first, but came across Mattaponi along the way. Overall, the wines at Mattaponi were ok, however the fruit wines can be compared to none!

The tasting room at Mattaponi Winery
The winery in itself I have little to say about. The tasting room was very small, and had a small deck out back with tent covering to enjoy on the property. Most of the production is completed just past that very deck. The gentleman that was pouring this particular day was very friendly and offered an in-depth explanation as to the story behind all of their wines. Most of the reds are not as heavy or structured as most normal varieties. If you are primarily a white wine drinker, the reds at Mattaponi would appeal more towards you, as they are all very light to medium bodied. My own opinion is that they were a bit too watery, and lacked that spice and strong tannin structure. Again, this is just my opinion.

Inside the tasting room at Mattaponi WineryInside the tasting room at Mattaponi Winery
The fruit wines however exhibited what most wineries do not, NATURAL ingredients and zero additives. I know this must sound like an organic food or Tropicana Orange Juice commercial but I speak the truth. The blackberry, blueberry, and strawberry wines tasted as if you were spoon-feeding yourself the actual fruit. Now I’m not a HUGE fan of fruit wine, but now and then it’s nice to mix things up. What better way than to grab a bottle of their fruit offerings for that hot summer day or to at least make yourself feel healthy (well in theory after all it IS REAL fruit haha). Lastly, Mattaponi makes what they label as Pow Wow ($25), which tastes like Chocolate Covered Strawberries, and I do mean EXACTLY like it. I was baffled, however at the $25 price point for a fruit wine, I couldn’t splurge for it. I did however, end up grabbing a bottle of the Odeimin or Strawberry wine. I’m sure one day in July, I’ll be sitting by the pool cracking open a water bottle sweating with condensation on the outside filled with Strawberry wine. The winery though is still very new and is off to a descent start, I’m sure over time they will develop in their wine-making ability of normal varieties if the fruit wines are any indication. For now though overall, unless you’re looking for some fruit wines, I wouldn’t make it a top priority however if you’re in the area, give it a shot. Not to mention the tasting fee IS only a couple bucks.

  • Kizismin or Sun Berry ($15): Peach and grape on the nose, light smooth finish
  • Merlot ($15): Floral nose, dark berry fruit palate and finish very light and watery
  • Cabernet Franc ($14): Plum nose with smooth light plum taste with a very short finish
  • Chambourcin ($15): Ripe fruit forward nose and flavors, light off dry finish
  • Makadewamin or Blackberry Wine ($15): Spoonful of blackberry with a creamy finish
  • Tibik-Kizismin or Blueberry wine ($18): My least favorite, though tastes like somewhat of blueberry but not over bearing
  • Odeimin or Strawberry wine ($20): Fresh cut strawberries from start to finish
  • Pow Wow or Chocolate covered strawberry ($25): CHOCOLATE. COVERED. STRAWBERRIES. YUM!!

Overall Rating: 2.75/5 Corks

Mattaponi Winery

7530 Morris Road

Spotsylvania, VA 22551

www.mattaponiwinery.com

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  1. Not one to post when an experience turns EXTREMELY bad (especially on this site because of the over use). I believe situations are based on the the circumstances and how you/others handle it BUT thought I’d share for fellow Staffordites and surrounding residents. Had a Birthday Party trip visit to the Mattaponi Winery; never more embarrassed for the group that I was with Sunday to be treated the way we were by the ownership of the vineyard after tasting the wines. Understand if we were being disrespectful but that was not our intent nor received that way from the staff working at the vineyard upon inquiry. Recommend highly NOT spending time OR money if this is representative of the ownership of the establishment. We enjoyed the tasting and the knowledge the staff had for the wines and history/flavors but the ownership “a$$” that presented himself while we were there asking questions was unforgivable. Willing to drop large at the time of check out for what we tasted because we truly enjoyed what we tasted. To be treated with complete disrespect after the tasting and belittling us was a moment that we will never forget nor understand. Embarrassed for my Daughter’s birthday trip, Daughter-in-Law for planning this event and group we were with to have this happen. To then trash talk our questions to our limousine driver outside who needless to say shared with us upon leaving was that much more disrespectful. THEN to talk further with others around the parking lot was truly immature. DO NOT waste your money or time if you would like to have an enjoyable experience learning about the surrounding vineyards and history. Take this vineyard off your list; sad that such history can be ruined and lost by unimportant people who run the vineyard.

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