Continuing a rich local history Grassy Creek Vineyard and Winery exhibits the local fun as well as flavors in their wines which are next to be featured at the heArt & Soul of the Yadkin Valley Gallery. Stop in at 113 East Main Street in Downtown Elkin to hear about the magic of Arista and taste the Dry Rose named after one of the beloved animals of the former Klondike farm.
“I saw the name and we’re such an artistic community I wanted to use it,” explained Cynthia Douthit, one of the co-owners of the vineyard. Made from the popular Barbera grape which is only grown and used in a few local wineries, the Artista Barbera Rose’ is not the only choice for fans of this unique grape.
Considered the signature wine of Grassy Creek the 2019 Barbera has a cherry and earthy nose with medium tannins for those who prefer a lighter red. With a fruit forward taste this Italian blend has a lingering finish.
Another lighter red choice is To The Max. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah blend presents with garnet, red current and dark cherry flavors reminiscent of late summer, but with deeper notes of what fall might offer. Named after the faithful lab Max, this wine took several years to reach the standard to which he had become accustomed.
This standard was likely influenced by the Red Barn Blend, a heavily Merlot blend with soft tannins this wine has been made by Grassy Creek since 2004. “I call this our Flagship wine,” described Cynthia elaborating on the history of the vineyard which includes grapes grown in nearby Troutman.
In addition to the dry reds Grassy Creek has refreshing whites available. The Chardonnay delivers white flower aromas with a hint of green apples; a perfect break after a hike in the nearby Enchanted Forest portion of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. A subtle oak flavor with hints of tangerine peel make the Barrel Chardonnay a deeper flavor than the stainless crisp of the Chardonnay.
Those who prefer a sweeter taste can find satisfaction in the Guernsey Red, served in jars reminiscent of the milk bottles once prominent throughout the region. This semi-sweet blend of Vinifera grapes can be tasted along with more tales of this winery set amid a bucolic scene by stopping in at the heArt & Soul of the Yadkin Valley gallery afternoons Thursday through Monday.