A SHORT TOUR OF LOCAL Vineyards &Wineries

Stretching out on a blanket with a picnic basket full of goodies, sipping on a glass of local wine and watching the clouds go by sounds amazing. It seems like a scene out of a movie but you can make it a reality by visiting one of these local vineyards or wineries.

DENNIS VINEYARDS

24043 Endy Road, Albemarle, NC 28001

(704)982-6090 or 800-230-1743

Dennis Vineyards is a family-owned and operated winery since 1997, making it one of the first North Carolina wineries. They specialize in the Muscadine or ‘the grape of the South’ but also produce many top quality fruit and berry wines as well as some more traditional French varieties.

Tastings are offered daily with over 30 unique and tasty options. Packed picnic lunches may be enjoyed on their large patio overlooking the vineyard. The wine club of Dennis Vineyards gives members discounts on wine and event tickets, among other perks. Besides tours and events, there are also indoor and outdoor venues available to rent for private parties. To learn more visit DennisVineyards.com.

CHILDRESS VINEYARDS

1000 Childress Vineyards Road, Lexington, NC 27295

(336)236-9463

Childress Vineyards has been named one of the Top 25 Tasting Rooms in America by Wine Enthusiast (May 2008) and has received the N.C. Governor’s Cup four times for its Best of Show wines since opening in 2004. Childress Vineyards is one of the most prominent wineries in the state’s re-emerging wine industry that has grown from 21 to more than 100 wineries since the year 2000. 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. To learn more, visit their website ChildressVineyards.com

DAVESTE VINEYARDS

155 Lytton Farm Road, Troutman, NC 28166

(704)528-3882

Established in 2004, Daveste Vineyards was the first winery to open in Iredell County. The vineyard boasts a modern, three-level “barn” winery, a tasting room and art gallery. They offer tastings and tours of the vineyard and winery as well as craft beer tastings and non-alcoholic beverages. Picnic baskets are allowed but no outside alcohol is permitted. Daveste Vineyards also has a wine club with numerous benefits for its members. To learn more visit DavesteVineyards.com

DOUGLAS VINEYARDS

7696 Freeze Road. Kannapolis, NC 28081

(704)939-6260

Douglas Vineyards is a family-owned winery located in Kannapolis, NC that opened its doors in April of 2015 and believes that quality comes before quantity. They specialize in sweet fruit and muscadine wines in addition to a selection of dry wines. You can sample a hand-crafted wine before purchasing or attend one of their wine tastings. Patrons also enjoy sitting on the porch overlooking the grounds. Douglas Vineyards hosts scheduled events and is also available for weddings and private functions. To learn more visit DouglasVineyardsWines.com.

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