After rouging lips with aged grapes and applying soft cheese glosses, ancient French ladies licked their chops and knew they were onto something. Embrace their serendipitous discovery with today's Groupon: for $5, you get a wine tasting for two (a $10 value), including two souvenir glasses at Benjamin Vineyards & Winery in Graham.
Benjamin's artisan oeniphiles craft the muscadine and French grapes that blanket its vineyard into red and white wines for every taste. Swish and swirl up to 10 samples, from dry dinner wines and sweet country classics to seasonal bouquets. On a tour of the eco-friendly grapery, tasters observe barrels of fermenting wine and pluck a vine-ripened grape to show glasses of vino what they looked like as infants. Visitors can also picnic on the covered porch, or peruse a plethora of local art at the gift shop. The tasting room is open Thursday–Sunday from 12 p.m.–5 p.m.
As an eco-friendly facility, Benjamin Vineyards & Winery employs sustainable practices, such as composting agricultural products, recycling bottles and other reusables, and growing plants with nightly bedtime reading instead of pesticides.
Benjamin Vineyards & Winery
Creeping across a 5-acre swath of the Haw River Valley, 16 varieties of grapevines sprout from fertile, sandy soil, twisting their leafy arms around trellises and soaking in the lush, grape-growing climate. Benjamin's artisan enophiles hand pluck each of the muscadine, french, and hybrid grapes that blanket this vineyard. The grapes are escorted into the afterlife inside fermenting barrels where they live on as red and white wines for every taste—from dry dinner varietals and sweet country classics to seasonal bouquets. The whole creative process is observed by spectating visitors who wind through the idyllic facilities on self-guided tours—often including picnics on the winery’s covered porch, or perusals of of local art at the gift shop.
As an ecofriendly facility, Benjamin Vineyards & Winery employs sustainable practices, such as composting agricultural products, recycling bottles and other reusables, and growing plants with nightly bedtime reading instead of pesticides.