Shadow Springs Vineyard
Shadow Springs Vineyard is located in Hamptonville. I would compare the winery to an iceberg. What you see from the front is a fraction of what the winery has to offer. The curb appeal is amazing. It’s charming and inviting. Open the door and the tasting room takes your breath away. I loved the chairs made out of barrels. The back deck is open and spacious. All that being said, walk out to the grounds and you may not leave. The back deck overlooks the vines, a beautiful pond and a gazebo. This view didn’t happen by accident. When Chuck and Jamey Johnson were exploring properties to grow grapes they kept coming back to this piece of property. It combines the best of both worlds. It’s not far from Charlotte or Winston-Salem, but sitting out on the lawn enjoying a glass of wine you lose yourself to the peaceful country life. Charles liked the ‘16 Petit Verdot and I enjoyed the ‘19 Viognier. I would also recommend the Shadow-Rita. It’s light and margarita-like with citrus flavors that make it perfect over ice on a hot summer day. They offer tastings and flights. Shadow Springs is open Wednesday-Saturday 10-5pm and Sundays 1-5. Chuck has expanded their winemaking operation to include a 15,000 square foot winemaking facility that services other local wine makers. The owners didn’t stop there; they are now winemakers turned distillers. We didn’t have time to visit Windsor Run Cellars, but we will definitely be making a trip soon.