New Kent Winery

The winery was built by craftsmen of historic materials reclaimed from buildings and structures well over a century old. Beautiful heart-pine trusses came from a 1901 Southern Railroad Depot located in Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom. Heart pine structural timbers and floor timbers were recovered from a Connecticut warehouse circa 1852.  The stunning exterior facade boasts handmade, pre-Civil War bricks.  Siding and roof shingles were milled from cypress logs that had been submerged in Florida rivers for more than 150 years.

New Kent’s 17,000-square-foot winery.  The vineyards adjacent to the winery were planted in 2001 and currently there are 20+ acres under cultivation with Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Chardonnay, Vidal, Norton and Cabernet Sauvignon varietals.  The planting of six additional acres in Spring 2016 will help the Dombroski Family move toward their goal of 50 acres in the next few years. 

New Kent was a smaller more reserved type of winery.  But what I loved about this winery was the historic make up of the building where they processed the wine.  It had wood fixtures and components from all over the world.  The brick was pre civil war and left in its natural state.  Like most southern wineries.  They focused on more sweeter smooth wines that I have to say was enjoyable.  The two my wife and I walked away with was the Virginia Vidal Blanc and the Virginia White Merlot.  Me being an off and on Merlot fan.  I couldn't wait to try the white merlot.  I have to say it is a unique taste and a very friendly to the palate sitting wine (some may say sipping).  I still came here for the refreshing summer complement to this time of year so I didn't focus too much on the reds they had.  With my palate for red wines being a little more mature.  The reds that they had available did not stand out for me to add to my collection.  We enjoyed the tasting and even though the tour was short.  It had very good substance to its history.  We thank the Dombroski family for a very nice experience.

Childress Vineyards

Childress Vineyards is a winery in Lexington, North Carolina owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship team owner Richard Childress.

While racing at California tracks in the 1970s, Richard Childress spent some of his off-track time at small wineries. He later explored vineyards in the Finger Lakes region in New York, following NASCAR's expansion to Watkins Glen. As he made friends with vineyard owners and winemakers, Childress began to consider starting his own vineyard. By the 1990s, Childress had purchased land, planted vines and by the end of the 90s was having his grapes custom-crushed, making wine to give to friends

Childress Vineyards broke ground in 2003 and the 35,000 square winery commenced operations in 2004 Located in the Yadkin Valley AVA, an American Viticultural Area, Childress' winemaker is Mark Friszolowski. Childress is part of a broader development of wine-grape growing and vineyards in North Carolina which has been gaining traction in the 21st Century, following a period of rapid growth beginning in the 1980s

This is my first stop on my state tour of vineyards.  I've visited Winston Salem often to see friends and zoomed past Lexington so often that I want to create a journey for myself to visit at a minimum.  One Vineyard per state.  This is what i seen and wanted to share with everyone a very pleasant and different experience with each vineyard.  Childress the former Nascar driver had a great vision and it shows at his beautiful winery.  Specialty are the white wines that he produces.  Whats so amazing he has the old vine  varietals at his winery and a few local grapes as well.  So his tasty Sangiovese went really well with my 3 cheese pasta and my wife's Trifecta meal had a stand out wine that we purchased called the "Classic Blush". The Bistro is a great touch to the wine tasting and preps you for a very good tour of the facility.  The staff was amazing and I really felt comfortable all the way through the day with his extended family.  This is part of my thanks to Richard Childress and his staff.  Can't wait to go back.