Childress Vineyards in Lexington, North Carolina, about an hour north of Charlotte, is an elegant winery situated on 72 acres with award-winning wines that will please any taste. Owned by famed Nascar team owner Richard Childress, this is the largest winery in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley wine-growing region.
The winery is a beautiful Italian designed building with a bistro, gift shop with wine tastings, and of course wine tours. Since it’s opening in 2004, Childress Vineyards have continually aspired to achieve excellence in all their wines, consistently winning gold medals. I couldn’t wait to taste a few.
A barrel select wine tasting is $15.00 and a cellar select is $12.00, both tastings include a souvenir glass. They give you quite a nice selection to taste before buying. We prefer less sweet wines so we opted for the barrel select that included sample tastings of Chardonnay, Malbec, Pinnacle, Voignier, Reserve Meritage, Reserve Cabernet, Reserve Petit Verdot, Harvest Viognier, and three others including a dessert wine.
I enjoyed them all but my favorites were the crisp Chardonnays, Three Red with a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec with a finish of raspberry and dark cherry, Reserve Meritage with hints of black cherry and a finish of dark chocolate and cedar, Reserve Viognier with apricot, peach, and pear notes. The dessert wine, although great tasting, was too sweet for me. But, if you love sweeter wines they are not to be missed. Bottles will start from $9.99 and up.
The gift shop has a nice variety of gifts to choose from, many with racing themes for all you Nascar fans. How about a wine stopper in the shape of a 5 speed shifter knob? Gift baskets, apparel, gourmet food, and of course wine are all available.
We had lunch in the bistro with a menu featuring salads, a cheese plate, sandwiches and a few entrées. We chose chicken pot pie and a Caesar salad. Both delicious with a glass of the Three Reds wine we tasted earlier. Bistro hours are Monday – Sunday 11:00 to 3:00pm. They also offer a gluten-free and vegetarian menu.
You’ll want to spend a couple of hours here to enjoy a tour of the facility and the grounds, and of course the wine tastings! Make reservations for the Bistro, they fill up fast. Childress Vineyards will also host your special event or wedding in their large Banquet Hall, Grand Pavilion, and Executive Suite.
I have really enjoyed visiting the wineries in North Carolina over the last few years and with over 100 now open, I still have quite a few more to go. Stay tuned!
Vineyard hours & location:
Monday-Saturday: 10am – 5pm Sunday: 12pm – 5pm @ 1000 Childress Vineyards Road
Lexington, NC 27295
*****Tours are twice a day and five times a day on Saturday and Sunday
Accommodations on grounds: Holiday Inn, PH: 336-224-6730