As a North Carolina native, I’m ashamed to admit that I don’t know very much about North Carolina wine. When a friend asked me if I’d like to go to Childress Vineyards in Lexington, NC, with her and another friend for a ladies’ day out, I jumped at the opportunity.
If you’re a NASCAR fan, you will recognize the name Childress immediately. The winery’s website explains that Richard Childress became passionate about wine while traveling the NASCAR circuit and decided to open his own winery.
The winery is located in Lexingon, NC, between Winston-Salem, NC and Charlotte, NC. It is a little over three hours’ drive from where I live. If you’re traveling from further away, there’s a Holiday Inn Express adjacent to the winery.
My friends and I arrived at lunchtime so we could enjoy lunch at The Bistro at the winery. I had the shrimp and grits ($14, Sautéed Jumbo Shrimp, Andouille Sausage, Caramelized Onions, Sweet Peppers served over Creamy Polenta). It was simply amazing. My friends and I enjoyed a bottle of Childress Pinot Gris with our lunch (92% Pinot Gris, 8% Riesling, on sale for $10), a very easy-drinking, fruity wine. It was perfect for our visit on a 100-degree summer day.
After lunch, we headed to the tasting room to taste some of the other award-winning wines. The sweet wine tasting was $12 and the dry wine tasting was $15. I opted for the dry wine tasting. I tasted through eight or ten wines and decided to purchase the Sauvignon Blanc (SRP $15) and Sangiovese, Gianni Vineyards (SRP $17), as Sauvignon Blanc is my go-to white wine and I was intrigued by the North Carolina-grown Sangiovese.
I enjoyed my short visit to Childress Vineyards and I’d love to visit again, stay overnight, and take a tour of the on-site vineyards.