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. The names of modern attractions lure them, too: 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 on the Lower Peninsula. The year-round temperate climate and fertile soil provide ideal conditions for a variety of grapes and the varietals they produce. Among the wines found here are such popular choices as Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc and the Norton grape, which is native to Virginia. Blends and dessert wines are also available.