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“Oh my mercy...”

Martin Farm and Winery
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
110 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Oh my mercy...”
Reviewed March 16, 2014

This vineyard is atrocious. We are not fans of muscadine wines, however sometimes we have been surprised, but we always love the chance to visit wineries when given the chance. We stopped by, and honestly thought it was closed down. A lot of the vines were over grown, and possibly even dead. The tasting room had been neglected, we asked for a tasting and the owner acted almost inconvenienced. He stepped to the back room and we could hear him washing our tasting glasses... The tasting consisted of 4 "wines", and were so thick and sweet, almost sour, you could barely swallow (Go to Sanctuary! They have the best muscadine wines and the staff is super friendly). The last wine to be sampled at Martin, a cab franc, had gone bad and was soured. Don't waste your time. Or your stomach.

Visited March 2014
7 Thank Amber L
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English first
Norfolk, VA
Level 6 Contributor
159 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Peach Picking in Knotts Island”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

Hadn't been in years. Chose to take the ferry over from Currituck which was a pleasant 45 ride. Martin Vineyards is minutes from the ferry dock on Knotts Island. We were there for the peach picking and not the vineyards but the peaches were plentiful and delicious. Very no frills. You pay, you pick, you leave. I like that you could drive in the orchard as well. The picnic area down by water was a very nice place to have a sandwich which we bought at the local market and a nice spot for taking pictures. Apple season is upon us!

Visited August 2013
3 Thank Debbi B
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Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Not worth it”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

Wow. We recently visited this winery. Like the reviewer before us, we spent 45 minutes each way on the ferry to visit the place. My husband and I were both excited about the days plans but were so disappointed! When we got there, I suppose it was the owner who totally rushed us through a wine tasting. Almost like we were wasting her time!
When I made comparisons to the nearby Sanctuary Vineyards in Currituck, the woman talked about them and their wines like they were absolutely horrible. Mind you, we know the staff of Sanctuary Vineyards and happen to be continuous customers of theirs, so, personally, I found this insulting. It lacks tact to cut down other locals who help to contribute to your business by inviting you to their annual wine tasting events to market your wine.
Lady, don't worry. We will never again waste your time in trying your wine or even purchasing it. The wine may have been decent, but your attitude is a total turn off.

Visited October 2012
10 Thank Sara B
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
81 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Great Pick-your-own Peaches”
Reviewed July 21, 2012

We like to drive here to pick peaches. The wine tasting room is average. It is fine for what it is-- an orchard and a pleasant diversion.

Visited June 2012
2 Thank Sally M
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Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Don't waste your time”
Reviewed July 6, 2012

We planned a trip to this vineyard for my sister's birthday. We called several times ahead and checked their website. We went through the hassle of driving 45 minutes from the Outer Banks to the Currituck Ferry, rode the 45 minutes, then drove to the vineyard. Once we found the shanty winery, there was a sign that they were closed because of the heat! We had even called that same morning and they said they would be open from 12-5. When the lady who works the orchard finally tracked down someone to come meet us, she acted like we were imposing and rushed through a lame wine tasting. She did share some facts and history about the local grapes but it did not make a difference at that point. This could be a nice attraction but the business is not run well. Do NOT waste your time or effort getting to this remote vineyard.

Visited July 2012
9 Thank ABTravelsOldTowne
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