Martin Vineyards

(252) 429-3542 213 Martin Farm Ln
Knotts Island, NC 27950
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In 1977 the Martin family moved to Knott's Island. Upon their arrival, they started their farm with Peaches and Scuppernong grapes. It was a decade later in 1987 when they started planting Vinifera grapes. Little did they know when they started this crop that it would be the only successful and thriving Vinifera planting on the coast of North Carolina. In early 1994, this key component lead to the success of Martin Vineyards and Estate Winery. A year later they became licensed to sell their wonderful estate wines. There are other things that have made Martin Vineyards successful. North Carolina's coast of rich soil overlooking the scenic Knott's Island Bay has played an integral part. With the use of the most current and innovative technologies along with their viticulture techniques, they have been able to "farm for flavor." With all this and a little help from Mother Nature to control the climate, Martin Vineyards has been able to make award-winning wines. So bring the family, picnic lunch, and Read more »

Varietals Produced by Martin Vineyards View all

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • We talked a lot about sparkling wine last week but there is a lot more to cover. The biggest sparkling wine day of the year, New Year's Eve, is right around the corner. Opening a bottle of sparkling wine can be a a dangerous proposition. There's a lot of pressure under that cork! But if you like living on the edge, there's always sabrage. When t... Read More

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  • Many wineries are distinctly associated with a single appellation or growing region. Martin Ray Winery unlike most can claim to real roots in two distinct California counties, Santa Cruz and Sonoma. When you consider the fact that they also source grapes in some of Napa Valley’s most prime AVA’s the picture that comes in to focus shows a brand t... Read More

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  • This is not your first Thanksgiving rodeo. It's not ours, either. We've brought you a panoply of Thanksgiving table wine suggestions over the past ten years. There was the time we assured you that Thanksgiving wines wouldn't break your bank. In fact, we've discussed Thanksgiving value wines time and time again. We've been here for you during Tha... Read More

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  • Happy Halloween, wine lover! This hallowed holiday isn't just for kids. Adults can and should enjoy their favorite Halloween candies with a little bit of wine. Wine and Halloween candy pairings may be contrived, but that doesn't make them any less fun. In fact, these pairings are quite complex. They are a fine and delicate art not suited to the ... Read More

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  • Martin Ray Vineyards & Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2014

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    Rich, deep black cherry aromas that deliver incredible depth of fruit and are only slightly tempered by floral spice. In the mouth, this is decorated with black cherry and red currant notes, a touch of medicine, and baking spice leading up to the oak and smoky wood spice on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Martin Ray Vineyards & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2014

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    Intriguing ripe berry aromas with wood spice and a flinty salinity on the nose alongside dark black cherry notes. This is expansive and quite fruity on entry with red fruit notes of ripe cherry, raspberry and a touch of medicine, soft structure and a finish of blueberry and delicate spice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Martin Ray Vineyards & Winery Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2015

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    Warm, thick fruit forward aromas of baked apple, pear and vanilla caramel with some lemon hiding against the spice. This is a bit thin in the mouth but bursting with acidity, candied lemon drop notes towards the front of the palate, cream and butter towards the back and a warm stone fruit blend of peach and dried apricot welling up at the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Sounds like storage was good for all. Did everyone else provide a few bottles each as you did? Any info about how they've acquired and stored the bottles? Always worrisome when you see labels like the Faively's, but then I've had TBAs, etc. from the Mosel and Rhein with far worse labels that were in great shape after 50 years--they just were sto... Read More

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  • Martin Ray Vineyards & Winery Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley 2015

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    Grassy notes of golden berries, lemon zest and peach on the nose. Delicate on entry, this develops a tart acidity through the mid-palate and shows more lemon zest, white peach and blossom notes with a green note of beeswax and cut lawn towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • This Thursday evening at Officine BRERA, I'll get a chance to taste some incredible wines. Well, they sure look incredible on paper anyhow.Champs1966 Bollinger 1999 Clos des Goisses  White Burgs2004 Leflaive Batard Montrachet 2004 Pierre Yves Colin Morey Chevalier Montrachet 2007 Sauzet Batard Montrachet 1999 Bouchard Chevlaier Montrachet  Red B... Read More

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