Wine tastings allow you to try a wide variety of flavors without commitment, much like taking a small bite out of every type of jellybean at the candy store. Develop a diverse palate with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a winery-tour package for two at Treehouse Vineyards in Monroe (a $32 total value). Winery tour packages include a wine tasting for two (a $10 value), a winery tour for two (a $10 value), and a bottle of wine to take home (a $12 value).
Grape ranchers Phil and Dianne Nordan preside over a rotating flock of wines, which fuel the sounds of clinking glasses in a treehouse nestled high in the strong arms of a towering oak. Every one of the Nordan's varietals is culled from native muscadine grapes, including one strain claiming centuries-old lineage from the Mother Vine in Manteo. Nurtured with organic fertilizer, the vineyard ultimately fills bottles with concoctions ranging from the Crystal Creek dry chardonnay to the bolder Tack Shack red. Guests sample six wines, and duos take home their preferred grape potion, ideal for romantic dinners or christening a significant other's shoes before they leave for work.
The winery tour lets guests explore Treehouse Vineyards' inner workings, from the vats of fermenting grape libations to the casks of wine. A knowledgeable guide explains the process from vine to glass while showing visitors the rooms, machinery, and grape-stained scrolls necessary to craft the bouquet of flavors in each varietal.
Grape ranchers Phil and Dianne Nordan preside over a rotating flock of wines, which fuel the sounds of clinking glasses in their treehouse nestled high in the arms of a towering oak on their land. A treehouse aficionado from an early age, Phil decided to build a treehouse for adults on his farm in 1999, equipping it with furniture, an indoor fireplace, and phone. Later, after growing vines on the farm’s land for more than 50 years, the duo decided to plant a vineyard in 2004, and thus Treehouse Vineyards was born.
Many of the Nordan’s wines are culled from native grapes, including one strain claiming centuries-old lineage from the Mother Vine in Manteo. Nurtured with organic fertilizer, the vineyard’s crew ultimately fills bottles with concoctions ranging from its Crystal Creek magnolia muscadine to the bolder Tack Shack Red, perfect for toasting a special occasion or christening a spouse’s shoe before they go to work. Other varietals include cabernet sauvignons, merlots, and dulcet riesling. Down the hill overlooking the pond rests Papa’s Dream Treehouse, one of the property’s two secluded treetop bungalows straight from the pages of a child’s imagination. Available for overnight rentals only, the treehouse boasts a grill, kitchenette, and lofted bedroom for an all-encompassing visit.
The vineyards are small, but their wines tote a big impact. The muscadine grape is unique in its natural sweetness.Ashley Sneed, Carolina Girl blog, 7/21/11
We felt we were treated like family, very gracious hosts. The local wines are made from sweet muscadine grapes and are very good.Mary W., TripAdvisor, 1/30/12
301 Bay St.
Monroe, North Carolina 28112