In a proper tasting, wine must be held up to the light to gauge its color, tossed on a cat's back to judge its acidity, and sipped through a crazy straw to annoy the host. Become the toast of any tasting with today's Groupon: for $25, you get two full-selection wine tastings and two souvenir T-shirts at Old Stone Winery in Salisbury (a $50 value).
Over the idyllic bounty of its 130-acre estate, Old Stone Winery culls homegrown and locally sourced grapes to craft a cavalcade of flavorful wines. Newcomers and sommeliers alike can appreciate the panoply of vintages that are on display, such as the 2007 cabernet sauvignon, with delicate notes of chocolate and coffee, or the Wild Horse, a sweet blush wine that is stomped out every year by a team of imported horses in a pasture-sized grape vat. To commemorate the experience, each tasting team will go home with their very own T-shirts to illustrate to others their ability to emerge out the other side of such a gauntlet of aromas and flavors.
Old Stone Winery
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.
6245 US Hwy. 52
Salisbury, North Carolina 28146Get Directions