February 18th is National Drink Wine Day! Although we don’t need a special excuse to enjoy our favorite glass of Merlot, we certainly welcome this holiday with open arms. And because Classic Tassels and More is based out of North Carolina, we’d like to introduce you to a few favorite wineries in our beautiful state.
From the mountains to the coast, North Carolina has over 130 vineyards and wineries and they all boast breathtaking scenery, savory wine tastings, and entertaining special events. You can find out more about our wine country at NC Wine, but in the meantime, here are ten wineries we think you should visit in North Carolina:
Savor complimentary tastings, a wine bar, specialty tastings, and more as part of your distinctive experience at America’s most-visited winery, located in the heart of Antler Hill Village. Begin your wine exploration with a guided tour to learn how this original dairy barn was converted into a our state-of-the-art winery, and develop a deeper understanding of our winemaking philosophy. Afterward, enjoy complimentary tastings of more than 20 of our handcrafted wines as our wine hosts take you on a journey through our reds, whites, and rosés. Linger at our wine bar where you can taste our reserve and sparkling wines by the glass along with delectable cheeses and locally-made truffles. Shop for your favorites and take home a taste of Biltmore.
Family owned and operated, Linville Falls Winery is the culmination of a life-long passion for wine by owner, Jack Wiseman. Wiseman has dreamed of growing grapes and opening a winery for more than 25 years, and now he and his family are pioneering a new High Country wine in Linville, North Carolina. Nestled in the lower end of Avery County near the Blue Ridge Parkway is a state of the art tasting room on a 40 acre farm with its staple grapes Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon, blueberries and raspberries. The winery is perfectly situated at 3200 feet with warm days, cool nights and minerally balanced soil. This magical combination of high elevation and microclimate terra produces a wine unique to the region with complex flavors creating award winning wines.
Addison Farms Vineyard is a family-owned vineyard and winery situation on 55 acres in Leicester, NC. Located approximately 17 miles northwest of Asheville, NC, the property has been in the family for four generations. Addison Farmer and his parents purchased the property in 1937. We are located in the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains, 17 miles northwest of Aseville, NC. Our elevation allows for nearly 360 degrees of mountain views. Current varieties include: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Petit Verdot, and Petit Manseng.
Established in 2001, Elkin Creek Vineyard bottled their first vintage in the fall of 2005. The winery overlooks Elkin Creek and the century old Elkin Creek Mill. The vineyards are comprised of six lush acres of Merlot, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier. The site of a historic grist mill built in 1896, and gracing a special spot where two creeks join together to become one, Elkin Creek Vineyard is a one-of-a-kind destination. Experience a blend of tradition, passion and nature celebrated by the art of wine making that is captured in each handcrafted bottle.
Located in the Yadkin Valley American Viticultural Area, the vineyard shares a similar climate and growing season to that of some of the best wine growing regions in Europe. The vineyard is one of the largest on the East Coast. On the estate, several varieties of vitis vinifera grapes are grown. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Malbec, Tannat, Petit Verdot, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier. Shelton Vineyards’ belief is that fine wine begins in the vineyard. Shelton Vineyards’ commitment to sustainable farming practices and hands-on attention enables the vineyard to produce the highest possible quality of grapes.
Childress Vineyards features 72 acres of vineyards and 11 varieties of European Vitis vinifera cultivars at two vineyards sites: Richard’s Hampton Road Estate in Davidson County and Vineyard Crossing at the winery site. The terroir, with its combination of humid climate, long growing season and gravely, red clay soil are the key natural features of Childress Vineyards. Childress Vineyards produces a broad range of wines to appeal to both the introductory palate and the seasoned taster. More than 30 wines are produced including Classic house blends, premium varietals, a sparkling wine, dessert wines, Reserves, Signature Reserves and Muscadine wines.
Gregory Vineyards is North Carolina’s 106th winery, and is pleased to offer you a fine selection of muscadine wines and juices. Our quiet country setting is a beautiful place to host a party, wedding, or any other special event. We encourage you to come in, sit by the fire, and enjoy a glass of Sunset. When the weather is nice, spend time on our wine porch, which overlooks the vineyard and ponds. Gregory Vineyards features lakefront Vineyards, a Winery, Distillery, Tasting Room, & Lane’s Seafood & Steak House. Learn the art of making Wine, Moonshine, Brandy, & Fortified Wines. Enjoy award winning Unfortified Wines and Fortified Wines. Relax by the fireplace, front porch or have a delicious meal.
Sanctuary Vineyards is located on a quaint seaside farm where you are likely to see rows of corn competing with Cabernet and migratory snow geese nesting among the Sangiovese. Ten acres of grapes are nestled among hundreds of acres of farmland and wildlife impoundments that we like to call “The Sanctuary.” Varieties include: Syrah, Tempranillo, Viognier, Norton and the classic Muscadine. These grapes ripen in the intense heat of the Outer Banks summer, tempered by cooling breezes from the nearby Atlantic. The ancient sand dunes where they stand offer excellent drainage and contribute unique flavor to the ripening fruit. The combination of good earth, sun and sky is what the French would call “terroir.” It all translates to good growing here at Sanctuary Vineyards.
Duplin’s roots trace back to the 1970s when Muscadine grapes were considered a “wonder crop,” and a large winery out of New York was paying $350 per ton for North Carolina’s native grapes. D.J. Fussell, Sr. and his two sons, David and Dan, decided to grow grapes. Within three years, the price fell to $150 per ton and the Fussells were looking for a way to salvage their livelihoods. Today, Duplin winery has a tank capacity of over 1.4 million gallons, is the largest winery in the South, and produces the bestselling wine in North Carolina. Over 100,000 visitors experience our Rose Hill winery and production facility each year. Duplin’s award winning North Carolina wines include Magnolia, featured in Martha Stewart Living as a favorite summertime wine, Hatteras Red, a North Carolina favorite enjoyed with good ‘ol southern barbecue, and Scuppernong, the oldest wine in America.
The Raffaldini family made a decision to share our centuries-old wine experience with the New World. After a long and exhaustive search for land that would reflect this experience, Raffaldini Vineyards was established in the Swan Creek area of the Yadkin Valley. From this vineyard, we handcraft our Italian wines; wines that express not only their “sense of place”, but also utilize winemaking skills that have been refined throughout the ages. As you enter our Tuscan-style Villa tasting room, let the spirit of the Raffaldini family history, importance of family and celebration of life transport you to our ancestral home. The wine, food and artwork within hold deep meaning for the Raffaldini family and we are delighted to share them with you. Close your eyes as you taste our wine and be transported to Italy.