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Our Wineries


Mattaponi Winery

Our Family, Our History, Our Vision


Mattaponi Winery is a family-owned winery in the heart of Spotsylvania County, with a passion for making a variety of National and International Award-Winning wines.  Our Evans family has lived on their land for over 100 years, which is surrounded by four rivers:  Mat, Ta, Po and Ni.  These rivers begin coming together in Spotsylvania County, and then Caroline County to make up the Mattaponi River as it flows 103 miles towards the York River.  Our wine makers, the late Michael Evans and Janette Evans used to love fishing small mouth bass and catfish daily on the riverbanks.  This love is what brought Mike and Janette together with a vision. 
Their passion for fishing the Mattaponi River was as strong as their passion for making wine, so they decided to bring both together, and named their winery after the river they loved so much.  These Mattaponi wine makers have made wine for over 30 years, opening their winery in 2002, and naming it after the river dear to their hearts.  They added an amazing filtration system that filters the water 11 times making it 99 percent pure to make their wine still today.
Their neighbors and friends would come to their property just to fill jugs of water to take home and enjoy because of how wonderful it tasted after it was filtered.   The Evans
family hand-craftmanship has the love and passion for making delicious wines with over 40 awards coast-to-coast, from California to Virginia and New York to Texas, which inspires them with the love they have for the Mattaponi River.

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Our Virginia wine journey began in 2004 with a lot of excitement and a plan to craft wines that appeal to both, seasoned wine drinkers & casual drinkers alike, in a fun-unassuming-relaxed environment...along the way we have honed those ideas and ,also, added some new.


Awarded the 2024 Business of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. Each new vineyard and winery season is approached with that same level of excitement and, we hope, that the story we crafted that season comes across in each of our bottles you drink.


Located in historic Goochland County, Circa 1728, halfway between Richmond and Charlottesville, was a plot of land with dirt and trees and a small road that would eventually become 72 acres with 7 1/2 acres of vines known as Byrd Cellars. Distinctly crafted in our vineyard and winery to enhance the unique flavor profiles Virginia brings to a bottle of wine.


We strive for excellence while keeping the wine approachable and fun! Approximately 2,800 cases (33,000) bottles of wine each year keeps our 3 generation wine family very very busy.

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Owners Barbara and Joe Evers have long had a passion for collecting fine wines. In 2015, they planted Everleigh's first vines, expanding their hobby to include winemaking. The size of the vineyard has grown over the years with the addition of several varietals. Today, Chardonel, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc are grown on property. Our commitment to quality is the principle that guides us every day. The vineyard size allows for intense management from bud break to harvest, with daily maintenance year-round.



Our winery is dedicated to crafting premium wines from
locally sourced fruit that bring joy in every sip. Every glass of
Front Four Cellars wine provides an opportunity to unwind
and connect with friends and family. Come rediscover your
connections today!

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