Hello from the Vino Vault at Extra Space Storage in Charlotte, North Carolina! We are excited to introduce our unique and perfect climate for wine storage. This following blog will help you choose the perfect North Carolina wines from several vineyards in the area. Most of the mentioned wineries also have ways that you can order their wines on their websites. If you’ve ever fallen in love with a wine from a particular vineyard and want to order and have shipped directly to your Vino Vault at our facility, PLEASE DO SO! We’ll be happy to sign for your package and notify you so you can move it into your own vault. No more worrying that your wine will spoil on the front stoop or that your neighbors will see just how much wine you actually drink <<SMILE>>. If you need a place to store your favorite wines in Charlotte, North Carolina, book a Vino Vault at Extra Space Storage 980 498 8004 (located at 9800 Ardrey Kell Road Charlotte, NC 28277.) Now for our article on can’t miss North Carolina Wines!
When residents of other states consider North Carolina wines, there are two typical reactions: “North Carolina makes wine?” or “I’m generally not a fan of Muscadine.” While the Muscadine myth is a topic for another day, this perception problem in the greater wine world is unsurprising given North Carolina’s relatively recent re-entry into wine-making. There has been a huge push over the past 20 years to make wine in North Carolina. On the human scale, 20 years is a long time. Yet for a wine-making region, it is a flash in the pan. Wine-making is a generational endeavor and success or recognition requires dedication and perseverance, as well as an unwavering commitment to producing a quality product. During these approximate 20 years in North Carolina, wine makers developed new techniques, refined their planting choices, and learned numerous lessons. All this growing and learning points toward a brighter future for vineyards in North Carolina.
There are many wineries in North Carolina that are producing exceptional wine. It is important for us to show appreciation for North Carolina wine, which will ultimately define the perception of wine from the state.
Banner Elk Winery – Seyval Blanc
Seyval Blanc is a French-American hybrid that tolerates cooler climates such as upstate New York and the mountains of North Carolina and this wine should not be missed. Nestled in the awe inspiring majestic Blue Ridge Mountains stands North Carolina High Country’s original winery. Come for a tasting or tour, or stay for a week at The Villa. The Villa is a private retreat, with luxury accommodations, beautiful scenery, warm hospitality in an idyllic setting.
Flint Hill – Chambourcin
Chambourcin is a French-American hybrid that does well in North Carolina. Flint Hill makes a fine Chambourcin that is deep-colored and without the typical unpleasant hybrid flavors. This wine pairs well with steak or even dark chocolate. Flint Hill has been named one of the top wineries in the Yadkin Valley.
Raffaldini – Sangiovese “Riserva”
Since its inception, Raffaldini has made a strong commitment to growing Italian varietals in the N.C. Piedmont. The Riserva Sangiovese is a pleasant, medium-bodied red with moderate tannins. This structure allows the wine to pair with traditionally rustic dishes from Tuscany.
RayLen – Cabernet Franc
RayLen uses this traditional Bordeaux varietal to craft a wine that is plush and full-bodied. While it will pair nicely with game, I prefer RayLen’s Cabernet Franc with lamb burgers.
Shelton – Riesling
Shelton was one of the first wineries I visited upon reaching my 21st birthday. Although it is always easy to be influenced by a beautiful setting, Shelton’s Riesling has long been one of my favorite white wines from N.C. Refreshing with balanced acidity, there is plenty of stone fruit and apple with a hint of honey.
Stonefield Cellars – Barrel X
Robert Wurz uses his California enological training to craft a super Tuscan-style blend from North Carolina that won us over. Stonefield’s style is characterized by power with elegance, which ultimately means the wines play nicely when paired with food. Since 2006Stonefield Cellars has become one of the most awarded, respected, and beloved wineries in the state of North Carolina.
Thistle Meadow – Italian Stud
Tom Burgiss, owner of Thistle Meadow, is quite a character, but he also knows how to please wine people. Tom and his son, Brant, use grapes sourced from all over the world to concoct creative and enticing wines in beautiful Laurel Springs.
What are your favorite wines from the Tarheel State and what are the reasons you love them so much? Tell us!