Our family winery is located in New Kent, Virginia, right off of Pocahontas Trail. Our tasting room and production facility are beautifully placed overlooking Tom Brooks Lake on one side and our maturing vineyard on the other.
Our mission at Jolene Family Winery is to provide our customers with delicious, award-winning, hand-crafted wines and to create an experience that leaves everyone feeling like they are family.
We entered the wine business because of our love of wine, winemaking, and the desire to operate a family business in the community in which we grew up.
Jolene Family Winery has three Managing Members: Sandy Lewis, Cindy Mikelaites and Brian Mikelaites. We are siblings that grew up on the property which was passed on to us by our parents, Joseph and Helene Mikelaites. We combined their first names in memory of them and to honor their love for us and our family’s charming property.
A passion for fine wine and a lifestyle surrounded by family and good friends is the reality created by Joe and Jo Anna Dombroski at New Kent Winery. Since purchasing the New Kent Winery in September 2014, the entire Dombroski family has been involved in the success of the winery. Youngest son, Jacob, oversees the development of our many varietals as Vice President of Winery Operations. His wife, Lindsay, is in charge of marketing, and their three young children, Berkley Lane, Jacob Coleman, and Talley Grace, bring their smiles and joy each day. Eldest son, Joseph, designed the new label and handles information technology, Jessica tastes and enjoys with her husband, Kevin Keller, and Joshua helps during harvest time.
A scenic winding drive leads travelers to Saudé Creek Vineyards. Prior to the purchase of this land by winery, the acreage belonged to the Eames’ family for hundreds of years. An 18th century cemetery, surrounded by a black iron fence marks the final resting place and early passing of Edward Lee Eames (1871-1873). Saudé Creek’s historic acreage was the site of a colonial tavern named John Frank’s Ordinary, a meeting place for early travelers. Until the creation of Saudé Creek Vineyards, the land was farmed and then lay dormant. Saudé Creek’s goal is to renew and revive the land by growing present day grapevines.
With the purchase of the 100-acre property in 2008, 20 acres of grapes and 1000 apple trees. Grape varietals include Vidal Blanc, Traminette, Viognier, Petit Verdot, Petit Menseng and Chambourcin. Today, visitors to our wine room are offered magnificent views of the vineyard from a tasting room made of 160 year old timbers rescued from tobacco warehouses. Surrounded by lush gardens, the craftsman-style winery has 3,000 square feet of covered porches and a towering stone fireplace whose log fires gently illuminate the interior.