Time to Un-Wine-D! Get Your Wine on Charlotte!

By: Vikki Thomas
IG: @thomasvie23

 

NC - Home of America's First Grape. Now You Know! 

You probably know all about which hops go into the production of each type of beer, but, FUN FACT - did you know that North Carolina is home to America’s first grape? Let's explore Charlotte area wine! 

So, Where are Charlotte’s Local Wineries?

The city of Charlotte may not have many options for vineyards or wineries within its limits, but there are many of them close enough for a day trip! If you’re new to wine, it’s your first time at a vineyard, or just can’t remember which one you liked best last time you visited, most wineries will have tastings that - for just a few dollars. They’ll allow you to sample their wines while the staff tells you what is unique about each one.

Many wineries will often offer tours, have live music to make for a relaxing afternoon, or will host food and wine pairings for those who want to expand their palate.

Some wineries to check out within a short drive of Uptown Charlotte:

  1. Childress Vineyards
  2. Cabo Winery
  3. Cougar Run Winery
  4. Lake Norman Winery
  5. Rocky River Vineyards
  6. Douglas Vineyards
  7. Dennis Vineyards
  8. Treehouse Vineyards
  9. Hilton Vineyard
  10. Uwharrie Vineyards
  11. Stony Mountain Vineyards

Not sure if you like wine? It can be tough! 

Maybe you’re not sure where to start? The world of wine can be intimidating with all the varieties available, but fear not! One of the easiest, most affordable ways to dive into wine is heading out to a wine festival or tasting event.

I've Heard About Charlotte Area Wine Festivals, Right? 

Charlotte Wine festivals are generally held in Spring and Fall.

Great Grapes! 

Mark your calendar for the Great Grapes! Wine and Food Festival on October 1st at Symphony Park, which will have a similar concept as the Downtown Statesville Wine Walk with unlimited samples and a take-home glass.

Assorted Table Wine Shoppe

A less expensive option that’s recurring would be a visit to Assorted Table Wine Shoppe in 7th Street Public Market. Every Tuesday evening from 5 to 7pm, they offer tastings of five wines for $5 plus tax. In addition to your tasting, they also give you a $5 voucher to use on any future purchase with them and a 10% discount on same day purchases of featured wines.

Total Wine

If “free” is more your speed or you’re still feeling overwhelmed with all of the bottle options in front of you, some wine stores regularly hold tasting events. One to check out is Total Wine, which holds weekly tastings for free on Friday from 4 to 7pm evenings and Saturdays from 12 to 6pm. They do change their tasting menus, so check the website for each week’s offerings. Total Wine also offers classes to teach those who want to learn more about winemaking and different types of wine. Pricing, dates, and information for classes can also be found on their website.

Where Are You Going to Start??

Folks! We’re just scratching the surface here. We’ve just named a handful of the many vineyards around in Charlotte! This is a great starting place, but you’ll find even more amazing options as you head towards the mountains and The Triangle. Are we missing some awesome vineyards? Comment your favorites below.

- Vikki Thomas