First stop Thistle Meadow winery.
Thistle Meadow does not grow any grapes. They are strictly a winery but they do use NC grapes for most of their wine.
|Interesting clay beehive type storage rack. The bottles are supposedly kept cooler in this.|
I tried 6 different wines, mostly red and my favorite was the Air Bellows Red
It seemed like the others were too acidic for my taste
One winery I have been trying to visit for years is McRichie.
The building is not particularly imposing, certainly nothing like Shelton or Raffaldini but I think they might make the best wines in Yadkin Valley.
They had sold out of a lot of their red wines, ( a good sign) but I was able to taste a red blend called Ring of Fire, a very nice Chardonnay that was oaky but yummy, and a very nice rose. I don't usually care for rose wine but this was so good that I bought a bottle. Also bought the Chardonnay and a bottle of hard cider that they are now making.
McRichie does grow their own grapes. About 20 + acres worth.