Yadkin Valley Wine Company has been around since 2006 making wines for several area vineyards and others in the surrounding region. On Saturday, however, it will get its chance to shine at the grand opening of its own tasting room which will feature unique fruit-crate wines.
At noon on Saturday, county officials and members of the Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Yadkin Valley Wine Company, located at 6324 Laurel Gray Lane. Visitors will enjoy snacks and the chance to taste some of the most unique wines in the region.
“[The Yadkin Valley Wine Company] is going to give people an experience and there is nothing quite like it out there in the market,” said owner Benny Myers. “It’s going to be fun.”
Myers and his wife, Kim, own Laurel Gray Vineyards, which is known for its upscale high quality french wines, one of which recently claimed Best in Show at the N.C. State Fair.
The wines of the Yadkin Valley Wine Company will feature the same quality wine as Laurel Gray, but with a fun twist. Each wine features a colorful label reminiscent of vintage fruit crates and are made using a combination of grapes and other fruits. Myers said the idea began with some of Laurel Gray’s wines that had hints of berry and fruit flavors. Several of those wines have now been enhanced with real fruit to create a refreshing and delightful experience for those new to wine and experienced wine lovers.
The wines all have creative names like a pear wine called Starstruck and a raspberry wine called All That Razz. New flavors are already in the works including a watermelon wine called Song of the South and a sparkling apple wine called AppleNoon Delight.
Myers said that a lot of the success of the new wines can be attributed to winemaker Charlie Kidd.
“Our winemaker is very talented,” Myers said. “He has quite a wide background of being able to pull together the things that we want him to do here for us.”
Kidd, a native of California and veteran winemaker, said that producing the fruit-based wines was a new and fun experience for him and a great way to expose more people to wine.
“The goal with making these wines is to appeal to a whole other audience,” Kidd said. “It’s a new experience making fruit wines. It’s not something I’ve ever done before I came here, but they’ve turned out exceptional I think and people seem to be enjoying them very much. It’s a way to showcase fruit and wine as opposed to just a grape wine and there is a great palate for that here in North Carolina.”
The peach wine, Southern Belle, is a particular favorite for Kidd.
“The peach I liked making, it’s probably my favorite because it’s 100 percent fruit and to take something new like that for me and turn it into this product that everybody is loving is really fun.”
Kitsey E. Burns may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.