Lexington, N.C.: It’s not just for BBQ (it’s also for wines)
When one thinks of Lexington, North Carolina, one typically thinks barbecue. After all, the city has been coined the “BBQ Capital of the World.” But how about its wine?
As many of our readers know by now, one of our favorite pastimes is to visit the wineries North Carolina has to offer. We’ve now been to a total of 93 here in our state alone, not to mention ones in California, Michigan, Virginia, Ohio and Florida.
For this wine trail, we’ll take a look at the four wineries that call Lexington home. A fifth winery, owned by Jim Stubbs, Curran Alexander Vineyards, will open at a later date. We can’t wait.
1000 childress vineyards rd., lexington, nc
Hours of Operation (hours may vary): Open 7 days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tastings Available: Tastings range from $15 to $50 per person, depending on type of tour: Champion, Lexe and Reserved Tastings.
Opening its doors back in 2004, Childress Vineyards is the brainchild of NASCAR team owner Richard Childress. The winery sits on 72-acres and grows roughly 11 varieties of vinifera grapes on two sites. Grapes include varietals such as Viognier, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.
Fun Fact: A section of Interstate 85 between exit 96 and exit 102 has been declared the Richard Childress Freeway.
junius lindsay vineyards
385 dr. zimmerman road, lexington
Hours of Operation (hours may vary): Thursday – Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (last tasting at 4:30 p.m.)
Tastings Available: $7 to $12 (depending on glass) – both tastings include 6 to 8 wines.
Tours Available: N/A
Be sure to plan accordingly when you visit this winery, they’re only open 16 hours during a week. The land that is Junius Lindsay was once the old Zimmerman farm transformed into a vineyard (which would explain the rows and rows of corn to the right of the tasting room). The first 2-acres were planted in 2004 which quickly turned to 9-acres two years later. You will not find sweet wines here, but primarily those born from the vinifera grape such as Viognier, Syrah and Petite Syrah. They specialize in Old World French-style wines with all varieties native to the Rhone Valley in Southern France. Right up our alley.
Fun Fact: The vineyard is named after the owners grandfather, Junius Lindsay Zimmerman.
native vines winery
1336 NORTH NC HIGHWAY 150, LEXINGTON
Hours of Operation (hours may vary): Tuesday – Friday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday: closed
Tastings Available: Yes
Native Vines Winery is the first American Indian-owned winery in the U.S. producing wines since 1998. Owner and wine maker Darlene Gabbard is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. The winery sits on 36-acres and produces not only vinifera style wines but also sweet wines for those who prefer the sweeter side.
1452 welcome-arcadia rd., lexington
Hours of Operation (hours may vary): Tuesday – Thursday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday: closed
Tastings Available: $7.50 for 7 wines
Weathervane Winery is located just minutes from Junius Lindsay. A piece of advice … it's literally a hop, skip and a jump away, so don’t miss your turn. They offer both a dry and sweet tasting option. Wines with names such as Ionosphere, Nor'easter, Stratosphere and Temperature Rising, definitely fit in with the theme of the wineries name – Weathervane.
Fun Fact: Weathervane Winery offers entertainment, festivals and other special events throughout the season.