Set on sprawling farmland, Vizzini Farms Winery bottles a diverse selection of wine crafted from West Coast and Alabama vinifera grapes. Daily tours sneak groups behind the scenes of the second-generation Italian family’s winemaking process, which yields riesling piqued with tropical fruits and pinot grigio that's as lively as a 30-piece kazoo orchestra. A charming tasting room recalls a sunny Italian café, with warm yellow walls, racks of wine, and bistro tables ideal for gathering over a bite of deli fare and Italian-style desserts. On warm days, the spacious patio is open for enjoyment, providing views of surrounding vineyards and breezes with notes of black currant, citrus, and oxygen.
Wine is manufactured on the premises. Wine tastings Mon-Sat 10:00-6:00 Specialty cheeses and summer sausages available as well as other wine related items in our gift shop. Our outside deck offers beautiful scenes of the surrounding mountains and is a place to relax and enjoy the country air.
A bounty of more than 900 select wines and 150 craft beers adorns the walls of City Vineyard's retail shop, which encompasses a charming wine bar that opens onto an airy outdoor patio. The wine-bar menu sweetly suggests that budding sommeliers pair glasses of wine with small plates of Boar's Head meats and cheeses ($11–$14). Each plate can feed two and includes fruit and cracker accompaniments. A Napa Cellars chardonnay ($8/glass) couples well with gruyere, a hard yellow cheese from Switzerland that is sweet, slightly salty, and well-versed in yodeled show tunes ($13). Gouda cheese ($12) is poised to team up with 14 Hands merlot ($7/glass) to form an unbeatable doubles ping-pong team. Guests can also peruse the shop's vast wine and beer inventory for a grape or hop-housing bottle to strike a Bacchic nerve, and City Vineyards' wine-key-carrying staff can liberate the libation for on-premises consumption ($5 corkage fee).
The Patrick family first dabbled in wine-making on their 24-acre estate back in 2001, when only one other vineyard operated in Shelby County. After a few seasons of practice and success, they decided to officially dedicate a portion of their land to cultivating grapes, and formally established Ozan Vineyard & Cellars in 2005. In 2013, they expanded with additional vineyard viewing areas, event space, and a winery boutique.
Using a combination of grapes grown on their own land and sourced from the East Coast, Ozan currently produces a series of varietals, including chardonnay, Chilton County peach, norton, and petit syrah. Conceived of traditional winemaking methods in small lots of French and American barrels, the vinos develop multifaceted flavors and complexity before being poured in Ozan’s tasting room or into glasses on the picturesque outdoor patio.
A broad front porch stretches across the main residence at Hidden Meadow Vineyard, inviting visitors to kick up their feet, tip back a glass of fruit wine, and admire the verdant view. Owners Bill and Janette Bailey manage the small, family-run winery, which specializes in bottles made from muscadine, concord, niagara, and cynthiana grapes. Their roster of wines includes blackberry and blueberry wines as well as scuppernong, a sweet, old-fashioned white wine.