Our car club has been fairly active this summer, and there just hasn’t been time to show all the fun drives we have taken. This one was special because of the gorgeous scenery at the winery. Burntshirt Vineyards and Winery is named for a mountain legend. In days past, the farmers would burn their fields to clear the land for planting, and in the process, toss their shirts into the fire for good luck. North Carolina is becoming known for wine making, as the land and climate are wonderful for grape growing.
We met at a local grocery store parking lot to form up for a fun drive. The organizer of the drive made this a poker run, with cards given to us at the beginning, at three checkpoint stops, and at the winery. Driving through the beautiful countryside, we enjoyed the mountains and greenery surrounding us. This picture was taken by the car behind us.
Arriving at the winery, they had arranged for us to park the vintage cars in the group along the greenway so their other visitors that day could see a mini British Car show.
Next on our agenda was lunch and a wine tasting. Fun!! We were given tastes of seven different wines. I am not a real fan of wine in general, but these were really good. We came home with a couple of bottles. They also gave me a couple of empty ones to play with. The slender one was a dessert wine. I cleaned the bottle and it will become my olive oil bottle. The blue one was an empty, I liked the gold script on the bottle.
The gardens around the winery are just beautiful.
There is a fountain as a focal point.
Beautiful flowers line the paved patio, with grape vines beyond and mountains in the distance.
After lunch, we were treated to a tour of the winery. The grapes are harvested in the fall, processed and fermented in these huge tanks.
Then aged in barrels.
This room is huge, and cool like an underground cave. There are wine bottle chandeliers too.
The fun thing is this winery is close enough to run down anytime and pick up another bottle of the wine we liked. We picked the Reserve Meritage as our favorite. It is a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Delicious, dark red, savory wine that would pair well with beef or Italian food. We also got a bottle of Grüner Veltliner, a white wine with citrus notes that will go nicely with chicken or fish.
Do you like wine? What is your favorite?