The story of Lake Anna Winery began on a business trip to France in 1981. While traveling through the French countryside, Bill Heidig noticed that the climate and soil conditions of certain grape-growing regions were similar to those on his Spotsylvania farm, and an idea began to take root. Upon his return, he presented the notion of planting grapes to his wife, Ann. After a great deal of thought, the two decided to plant a vineyard and launch a family business.
Lake Anna Winery is housed in an old barn located on the Heidig farm. Built for dairy cows in the 1940s, adapting this structure for a winery proved to be a real challenge. The original floor was not strong enough to support the weight of the tanks, the ceiling was too low to accommodate the height of the tanks, and the roof leaked. The renovation began in earnest when the old cement floor was broken up and removed and replaced with reinforced concrete. The roof traded the old tin for new shingles, and four holes were cut into the loft floor to accommodate the taller fermenting tanks.
Upon the dawning of a new millenium, Bill, who ran the vineyard and had been sharing the winemaking duties with Ann, decided it was time to turn back the chronological progression of the winery. He felt they could either scale back to just growing grapes and selling them primarily to other wineries as in the 80s, or see if any of the four children had any interest in taking over the business. Two sons, Jeff and Eric were thrilled with the idea, and Bill recognized that for them to come on board, a commitment to expand the facility would need to be made. So in 2000, a major undertaking started with the concurrent building of a new, open, multi-use tasting room, a climate-controlled case-goods warehouse and a new tank room/crush pad that would more than double the present production area capacity. After a year of construction, work was finished, and the new tasting room opened in the spring of 2001.
The Heidig family’s time and effort over the years have made lake Anna Winery a reality, ready to produce the finest wines that only excellent grapes, the right growing conditions, and a caring vintner can offer.
Lake Anna Winery
Address: 5621 Courthouse Rd, Spotsylvania, VA 22551
Phone: (540) 895-5085