Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Windsor Run Cellars: Vineyard, Winery, Distillery, In Yadkin Valley, NC

Hamptonville, N.C.--Windsor Run Cellars is the only vineyard in North Carolina with a still. They use it to make brandy out of their home grown grape wines.  The land has been used for growing grape vines for over 12 years even though the current owners, Chuck & Jamey Johnson, only bought the property in 2011.

Vineyard at Windsor Run Cellars, Hamptonville, NC
The Johnsons also own Shadow Springs Vineyard on the other side of Windsor Road. But that vineyard has a separate wine master for developing their wines.

Windsor Run Cellar is a Custom Crush location meaning they can crush grapes for other vineyards and make wine out of it to sell. They do this for their neighbors Ferguson Vineyards owned by Judge Paul and Mary Ferguson.

Winery tasting room at Windsor Cellars, Hamptonville, NC
My family went in for a $5 tasting back in November. We found some surprisingly complex, good wines. And we got to take the wine glasses home.

My favorite red wine was Ferguson 2010 'Chambourcin' ($17/bottle) made with 100 percent Chambourcin, a French-American hybrid grape. It had a delightful taste of smoky peppers and blackberry.

My husband's favorite was Ferguson 'Judge's Verdict' ($16/bottle), a red table wine, made with a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This barrel aged wine was dry with a very spicy nose and almost incense like flavor.

We decided not to try the fortified wines because we are more dry wine drinkers.

Windsor Run Cellars is located at 6531 Windsor Road, Hamptonville, NC 27020
They are open Wednesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

To find out more about Windsor Run Cellars go to
Or call 336-468-8400

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