Wine Talk

Snooth User: barri0s1872

North Carolina Wine?

Posted by barri0s1872, Jul 28, 2011.

Anyone have any wineries in North Carolina, or wines by name, that I should check out while down there later next month?


Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jul 28, 2011.

I have not had any, that I recall at least. Childress is one of the big players, and fairly conveninet to get to if memory serves correctly. You might wantt o plan on swinging by.

Reply by EMark, Jul 29, 2011.

GDP mentioned Childress, and, not being from NC, that is the only one I have ever heard of.  I know (from friends and by visiting the web site) that their property is very attractive, and it appears that they have a fairly large selection of wines.

You are aware, of course, that in addition to being tobacco country and a finanacial center (Charlotte), North Carolina is big time motorsports country--especially, but not exclusively, stock car racing.  Richard Childress has participated in NASCAR stock car racing for decades and is a very successful team owner.  He does, however, have many outside interests, and wine is one of them.

I have a friend in the Charlotte area who has visited the Childress winery.  He said that he thought of bringing a bottle out for me to try (I live in California.), but then decided that would be like "bringing sand to the beach."  I was disappointed because I want to try everything.  If you do visit any wineries in NC, then please report your findings here at Snooth.  I and, I'm sure, others would be very interested.

One last note, I just Googled "North Carolina Wineries" and there are several references.  You might want to check it out and, depending on where you are going in NC, pick some local ones.

Reply by vin0vin0, Jul 29, 2011.

Check out Shelton vineyards, exit 93 on I-77 near the Virginia border.  Westbend (near Winston Salem) is decent, Daveste, in Troutman, has a nice tasting room and very nice people, a true taste of North Carolina hospitality - ok wines.  In general don't expect great wines,  whites tend to be better than the reds. IMHO, a notch below New York/Virginia/Michigan.  Word of warning, beware the muscadine.

Reply by bcreel1982, Aug 3, 2011.

I wouldn't say "Beware the Muscadine", as vin0vin0 warns above... I'd say embrace it as the regional grape that it is. I recommend Duplin Winery, which uses muscadine or scuppernong (the white varietal) in all their wines. Give them a try for a nice regional wine experience. Lovely winery with live music and a cafe on site.

Reply by LisaTillis, Aug 4, 2011.

I am a native of the Tar Heel State and am excited by the growth of Tar Heel wineries.  There are more than 100 in the State at present, the majority of which are located in the western part of the State, e.g., Childress, Biltmore, Shelton, Raffaldini, etc..  Most, but not all, of the wineries located in the eastern part of the State specialize in muscadine wines which are very sweet wines.  In the central part of the State, within spitting distance from Raleigh-Durham International Airport, is Chatham Hill Winery.  This is an urban winery, i.e., their grapes are grown elsewhere, but the wines are made and sold where the people are.  Their wines are extremely good.  I have visited most of NC’s wineries and would rate Chatham Hill’s wines equal to or superior to any other NC wines.  The winery is extremely convenient by air, land and sea (well, ok, the sea part is stretching it) and is the nearest NC winery to my home.  The staff is always friendly and very knowledgeable and I frequently visit the winery.  If one is traveling in the central part of the State, you must visit Chatham Hill.  If you travel in the western part of the state, take your pick from about 60-70 wineries but don’t forget to try some of the smaller ones, e.g., Laurel Gray, Stoney Knoll, Ragapple Lassie, etc.  They have good wines, friendly staff and are usually less crowded and more willing to take time with the customer than the larger “name” wineries.


Reply by Michael Pail, Aug 5, 2011.

Glad to hear that you are excited to try some NC wines while you are in the area!  There are some truly great wines, but obviously there will be some that are sub-par, just don't write off the winery (or the state!) based on one or two wines. 

Childress does have some good wine and a absolutely *beautiful* facility.  It goes to show what you can do when money is not a limitation! 

You absolutely should try Scuppernog/Muscadine wines while you are in the area as they are possibly the only native North American wine grapes, and Duplin is probably the winery to go to for that.  Personally, I've tried enough that I know that I do not like them, at all, in the least, ever.  ;-)  (Still glad I experienced them though!)

The one not to miss is Chatham Hill though, as mentioned in the earlier post.  My wife and I stumbled upon them and joined their Wine Club probably 8+ years ago and have since become friends with the winemaker his wife and the whole staff.

Really, really good wines.  They have both traditional French varietals and also their line of Carolina Sweet wines.  I definately favor dry wines, but Marek's Carolina Sweet wines are still very good and even a dry wine drinker can easily enjoy and find a place for them (Raspberry with Chocolate Suffle, anyone? or Peach with a Angel Food Cake!). 

On to the dry wines, which is where the winery shines in my opinion.

Here are some not to miss; Syrah, Zin, Trinity (Bordeaux Blend), Viognier (a wine that the East Coast excels at!) and anything marked Reserve.  This isn't like the big producers in Cali calling a 200,000 case wine a "Reserve".  There are typically wines that have sat in French Oak for 2 years, give or take, old or new, depending on what he is going for.

Where ever you end up visting, I hope you have fun and thanks for helping keep our state focused on local argiculture!  If you decide to visit Chatham Hill, tell them the Pail's say hi and they better give you special attention! ;-)

Reply by lknpirate, Aug 15, 2011.

Hope I'm not too late for your trip to NC and some wine tasting experiences.  I have visited several wineries in NC and have found that those located in the Yadkin Valley seem to offer the better wines.  Don't expect them to compete too well with the top of the heap in California, YET.  The vinifera are considerably younger.  That said, our favorite winery to visit, hands down, is Shelton Wineries, located off I-77, exit 93.  Shelton has a very nice Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauv.  You might find some others of interest, as well.  They have a great restaurant on sight and a Hampton Inn nearby.  The environment offers a wonderful place to sip outside with a picnic lunch under some sprawling trees.  The tasting room is terrific and the people there make it so.  During the summer they have several outdoor concerts with live bands who are very good.  Dancing is BIG!.  Next is Childress, near Salisbury, NC off I-85.  The facility is gorgeous, people are friendly.  Restaurant is so-so.  They make a very nice Chardonnay, Cab. Sauv., and a very promising Syrah.  Its owned by the famed NASCAR owner.  Our other favorite is Raffaldini.  Also off I-77 to 421 West follow the sign. Its just north of Statesville, NC.  They make a really nice Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese and Montepulciano. 

We have been to each of these over the last several years and have witnessed their improvments.  They are working hard to be competitive on quality.  I've checked out probably 20 or so wineries, these are my favorites.  ENJOY!  And by all means...Ya'll come back, ya heah!


Reply by barri0s1872, Aug 15, 2011.

Wow thanks for all the input. I've been to a couple of them near Dobson and loved a lot of them, this time i want to try more to the south and central. i'll try just about anything, not sure about my parents thought LOL. i would love to see more ports and desert wines come out, found a few, but not many.

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