Buck Shoals Vineyard - Hamptonville, NC
The Crater family farm in Yadkin County is aproximately 2 miles from Buck Shoals Creek where it gets its vineyard name. The creek was the home of Buck Shoals Mill, a water wheel grist mill that was built around 1880. The mill operated until the 1950s, a picture of this local mill became the logo for Buck Shoals Vineyards. The Crater farms have been farmed by five generations, now with vineyards planted at about 1150 feet elevation. The vineyard was started as a vision of Terry and Joanne Crater, who started enjoying and collecting fine wines back in the 1980s. Terry particularly enjoyed the Italian wines with a special love of Amarone. This love of wines coupled with ownership of some fine Yadkin County tobacco soil was the start of a vision which culminated in the first planting of five and one half acres of nine grape varieties in April 2003. Another one and one half acres and two more varieties will be planted in 2004. The vineyard track covers approximately 13 acres with another 32 acres across Windsor Road for potential future expansion. Varieties planted in 2003 include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Sangiovese, Syrah, Traminette,
Barbera and Nebbiolo. Additional varieties planted in 2004 include Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot. Don’t miss the unique wines from this small family owned winery. Some of our wines:
Buck Shoals Rocco Red
A light to medium bodied sangiovese blend with pleasant red fruit flavors and smooth, soft finish.
Buck Shoals Brian’s Legacy
A predominately Chardonnay blend with some sweetness and a pleasant fruitiness makes this a lighter style white table wine.
Buck Shoals Vito’s Pride
This is a medium to full bodied blend of four varietals but predominantly sangiovese. This red has lots of rich flavors, ripe tannins and a pleasantly dry finish.