Lake Anna Connections

by Irene Luck L ake Anna has its share of ghost stories floating around, particularly because it experienced its share of battles during the Civil War. However, there is another sto- ry of “spirits” that also attracts visitors – the liquid kind of spirits. If you are looking for something new or different to do while at Lake Anna, why not visit one of the wineries, breweries or dis- tilleries in the area? There are several that are within an hour drive of anywhere on the lake, and you can visit several in a day’s jaunt with a little planning. LAKE ANNA WINERY Lake Anna Winery is celebrating nearly three decades of operation and has the distinction of being the oldest winery oper- ating in the Lake Anna region. Owned and operated by the Heidig family since its in- ception, the vineyards were planted in the early 1980s by the elder Heidigs, Bill (now deceased) and Ann. In 1990, the couple opened the winery along with their sons, Jeff and Eric, who have assumed the day-to-day operations for the past twenty years. The winery offers more than just tastings; it is a popular spot for events of all types, in- cluding festivals and weddings. The Virginia Renaissance Faire is staged at the property for five weekends beginning on Mother’s Day. Lake Anna Winery partners with neigh- boring wineries for several festivals, includ- ing a Heart of Virginia event and a Carib- bean Beach Festival in August. The winery’s crew also attends numerous wine festivals in the state and aid in staging the Wine by the Lake event in the Fall. The facility is also a popular spot for local fundraising events, including one by the Humane Society, and other private events throughout the year. Lake Anna Winery is open for tastings The “Spirits” ofLakeAnna Lake Anna Winery has earned numerous awards for its varieties of wines, some of which are pictured here against the backdrop of its vineyards (photo by Irene Luck). WWW.LAKEANNACONNECTIONS.COM 12