The tasting room is a renovated old farmhouse, with an absolute beautiful large back deck. The deck is shaded, overlooking the beautiful grounds, tire swing, and of course the lake. Perfect for relaxing and enjoying a bottle of their wine. The tire swing matches the logo of the winery, which was designed by Jill. David mentioned that to his knowledge, they are the only winery in North Carolina located directly on a lake. A fire pit also sits out in the yard, perfect for cool evenings. Jenni and I relaxed on the deck and shared a bottle of the semi-sweet 2015 Riesling, which just won double gold at the North Carolina State Fair.
Adirondack Chairs and picnic tables are scattered about the back yard, several just by the shore of the lake. Several groups were relaxing in the yard enjoying a comfortable Saturday afternoon. A barn is also in process of being constructed, which will be used to host weddings and other fun events.
Horses and donkeys graze in the pasture beside the winery. Jenni couldn't resist giving the horses some love. This guy didn't seem to mind one bit.
Currently the vineyard is planted with muscadine and they are buying all North Carolina grown grapes to supplement. David is buying some fruit from Georgia for the sweeter fruit wines. Mark Friszolowski, winemaker at Childress Vineyards, is consulting in the formulation of their wines. I couldn't help but to let the owners know as we were leaving, they've something special going. The property is simply beautiful, and the wines are certainly good. David mentioned that he and Jill, though both currently still working "real jobs," look forward to making the vineyard and winery their full time passion. I've no doubt, success of Old Homeplace Vineyard is in their future.