Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Shadow Springs Vineyard – Hamptonville, NC


Shadow Springs Vineyard is a fairly new vineyard in the Swan Creek region of the Yadkin Valley in North Carolina. The owners, Chuck and Jamey Johnson, opened the vineyard for visitors in July 2008 with a beautiful 5000 square foot tasting room suitable for parties and business meetings.

On a previous visit we had a very nice lunch with a glass of wine that was about an equal mix of the “Strawberry Shortcake” and “Dark Shadow” wines that are offered at the vineyard. While we are not usually fond of the sweeter wines, we both like strawberries and chocolate and the combination really was delicious (we bought 3 bottles of each). You cannot purchase lunch items at Shadow Springs but you are welcome to bring your own. We were able to pick up very nice sandwiches and some chips at the Amish-run Shiloh General Store just minutes away from the vineyard.

Currently there are 15 varieties of wine being offered at the vineyard, including Chambourcin and Meritage (a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot).  I asked a question about the small white bags that were seen hanging at the end of some of the grapevine rows and was told that they contained bars of Irish Spring soap which apparently keeps the deer away from the grapes, go figure!

Shadow Springs Vineyard is located in the Swan Creek region of Yadkin Valley and is about 31 miles (38 minute drive) from the Kerr House B&B in Statesville, NC. The Swan Creek region now has 5 wineries within about a 5 mile area which makes it perfect for a self-guided wine tour. We will be adding more posts in the (hopefully) near future with information on the other wineries in this area.

More information about the vineyard can be found on their web site www.shadowspringsvineyard.com.


 

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