Vines sprout from the red soil, twisting along their supports and craning toward the sun. Bunches of native Muscadine grapes weigh these gnarled vines down until they are harvested by a member of the Cauble family. Generations of Caubles have recreated this scene, overseeing 36 acres of land that is watered by natural underground springs. With the native grapes, the Caubles create exquisite varieties––such as the semi-dry Phyllis Ann, the floral Rosetta, and the barely peppery Monroe––to suit any meal or palate. Guests swing by the vineyard for tastings, art exhibits, and yoga classes held amid the vines. Each year, the setting also hosts numerous weddings as well as a concert series featuring local and nationally renowned artists.
Before moving to Charlotte and taking the reins at Old Stone Winery, Darin and Naomi Griffin lived in Germany, where they refined their palates at wine festivals in the Rheingau region. Nowadays, they pass along the fruits of their experience via wines such as their 2007 chambourcin, which won a double gold at the North Carolina State Fair, and their sweet muscadine wine, which won the 2008 Muscadine Cup. The latter was crafted from grapes grown on the winery’s 130-acre estate.
The Griffins strive to use local sources for the rest of their eclectic wine catalog, which encompasses both reds and whites in flavors ranging from sweet to dry. To get a behind-the-scenes look at wine-making without going undercover as a giant grape cluster, you can tour the winery’s tank room, perusing the carved wooden casks and intricate machinery.
Encore on Main is well organized and merchandised just like the expensive mall stores. Encore on Main also offers a play area for your kids, making shopping much more convenient. A shopper at Encore on Main can find the kind of bargains on the current season's clothing without waiting until end of season sales.
Know Your Farms began in 2008 with a mission of building a more sustainable local food system for the Charlotte community. Since then, it's blossomed into a food-delivery service based off the principle of community-supported agriculture (CSA). Its members now pick up a box of fresh produce each week at a community location, taking home fresh, in-season ingredients from more than 30 area farms. Acting as a bridge between farmers and the community, Know Your Farms hosts an annual farm tour and runs a kids' summer camp, which teaches youngsters about cooking, nutrition, and gardening.
Virginia’s supplies female shoppers with an array of high-quality threads from Pendleton, Windridge, and other popular lines to meet the demands of special events and day-to-day sartorial situations. Maxi dresses ($68+) offer shoulder-to-ankle aesthetic adornment, and knit sundresses ($68+) stylishly protect skin from the sun's smoldering rays. Visitors can browse a selection of Fashque knit tops ($49+) and Caribe print tanks ($38+), as well as Rochelle three-quarter-sleeve cotton tops ($34+), which adorn torsos and help wearers master basic fractions. Virginia’s personable, passionate staff assists patrons with everything from choosing a mother-of-the-bride dress to fashioning the ideal outfit for an underwater scavenger hunt.