Discover Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery, one of the east coast’s oldest and largest wineries; passionate about producing exceptional wine and offering memorable wine experiences.
When Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery was founded in 1982 by Parisians Jean and Sylvian LeDucq, a vision was formed out of the love of Virginia and its relationship to the vine.
Although Prince Michel has “Old World” beginnings with original French ownership, there is nothing conventional about the winery or its wines. The Prince Michel story is one of perseverance and innovation in a sometimes too stodgy environment. Their basic approach is that “wines should be enjoyed and the best wine is what you like.” Much of this fresh approach to wine comes from the present owner of Prince Michel, Kristin Easter. Only one of a handful of female winery owners, Kristin’s business model is centered around hospitality and the pleasure of a great wine experience. Her creative business style has challenged the traditional philosophy of how to experience wine.
The diversity of wines produced by Prince Michel and Rapidan River allows a level of choice most wineries cannot achieve on such a large scale. Wines range from high-end “craft” wines like Viognier, Syrah, and Symbius grown from select Virginia vineyards to more unique wines from the Rapidan River series like the semi-dry Riesling, peach, and chocolate.
Prince Michel has grown to become one of the largest, most widely distributed and recognised wineries in the state as well as along the east coast. Their wines have won competitions around the world and flourished.
From museum artifacts to robotic bottling equipment, Prince Michel’s main winery is a treasure trove for any wine enthusiast. Wine tastings, private and self-guided tours, fabulous shopping, picnic patios and courtyards are all available daily starting at 11am.
A family and pet friendly establishment, Prince Michel is also the home of Tap 29 Brew Pub, serving up some of the finest local craft brews and pub style food 7 days a week.