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Hampton Roads

Historic Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, and the first battle between two ironclads, the Monitor and CSS Virginia—the names alone tell the rich and enduring history of this area that attracts millions of visitors every year. As do the names of some more modern attractions: Busch Gardens, Water Country USA, The Mariners Museum, Newport News Shipbuilding, and the cities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Here you'll find the nation's second-oldest institution of higher learning, the College of William and Mary, as well as nearby Christopher Newport and Old Dominion universities.

And among the many interesting things to see and do, be sure to include visits to wineries in the area, where a year-round temperate climate and fertile soil produce excellent vinifera and vintages.

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The Virginia Peninsula AVA

Virginia’s newest AVA incorporates a cradle of American history—Williamsburg. Bound by the James and York River estuaries, the narrow AVA runs about 50 miles in length, toward Richmond, and varies from 5 to 15 miles in width. A maritime influence moderates the average low and high temperatures. The soil is sedimentary in nature.