Each of them is unique and has its own special flair, together they provide a special experience for wine lovers. The Vineyards of Swan Creek in Hamptonville includes Laurel Gray, Windsor Run, Shadow Springs and Dobbins Creek. These four wineries, just five miles apart, host special events together throughout the year, making it a wonderful opportunity for visitors to experience this lovely little slice of the Yadkin Valley wine region.
Laurel Gray Vineyards is located at 5726 Old U.S. 421 in Hamptonville. The farm where the grapes grow has been worked by the Myers family for generations. Benny and Kim Myers planted the first grape vines on the property 13 years ago. The former milking parlor was transformed to serve as a quaint looking cottage for a tasting room, now with a beautiful outdoor patio perfect for gathering with friends to sip some of their delightful wines. The vineyard is named in honor of the Myers’ children, Ashley Laurel and Taylor Gray.
Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Viognier, Pinot Gris and several specialty blends are among the award-winning wines produced at Laurel Gray.
Shadow Springs, located at 5543 Crater Road, is owned by Chuck and Jamey Johnson. The vineyard began with two acres of Merlot planted in the spring of 2005 and now has close to 11 acres of red and white grapes planted on the property. The tasting room opened its doors in 2008. Chardonnay, Viognier, Merlot, Cabernet Franc are among the varieties available at Shadow Springs, as well as several blends including their popular Dark Shadow blend with a chocolate cherry flavor.
Windsor Run Cellars, 6531 Windsor Road in Hamptonville, opened in 2012 at the former Buck Shoals Vineyard property. This winery produces not only wines, but distilled liquors as well.
Rounding out the grouping is Dobbins Creek Vineyards, located at 4430 Vineyard View Lane. The vineyard gets its name from a large spring that originates on the property (just down the hill from the tasting room). This spring is part of the headwaters of Dobbins Creek which flows south and west for a few miles before merging with Buck Shoals Creek.
In February, the four wineries typically host a special wine and chocolate tasting event the weekend prior to Valentine’s Day. In March, a wine and cheese pairing event takes place at each of the four vineyards.
The Herb Festival, where guests enjoy a food pairing made with different herbs, is another popular event hosted by the Vineyards of Swan Creek. Tastings with Reidel crystal glasses and a holiday open house also is hosted by the group annually.
For more information on the special events hosted at these vineyards, visit www.swancreekvineyards.com.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.