We often enjoy traveling to the Yadkin Valley region to visit various wineries. One of these, is kind of out of the way (when you think of the Yadkin Valley region, that is), and that is the large Childress Vineyards located in Lexington, NC which is 30-40 miles south of Winston Salem, NC.
Now if the name sounds familiar to you, it should be because we're talking about the famous NASCAR Race Team Owner, Richard Childress. He wound up fulfilling one of his dreams years back when he designed, laid out, and then constructed the Childress Vineyards. This beautifully laid out Winery features a huge, upscale building that houses a wine tasting area, gifts, bistro, various meeting and conference rooms, the wine making facilities and storage areas - all in all, a very elaborate setup.
There is so much to do here - whether you're browsing the inside or just wandering outside along the various wine trails, eating at one of the many picnic tables, or relaxing by the pond. The Childress Vineyards host a variety of musical events there also. The bistro - which allows for seating in various parts of the indoor parts of the building, and out on the Verandah, is superb, featuring a menu that offers sandwiches and other fare. What they do serve is very tasty and each and every time we've attended, the place is packed - so that speaks to the food and setting.
But what is interesting, despite Richard Childress's busy schedule, one can often observe him roaming the vineyards or the building with a glass of wine in his hand. It's quite obvious that this man is proud of his achievements and this winery. And lest you think he's not approachable, that is far from the case. We saw him one day just wandering the vineyards with a glass of white wine in his hands. We approached him and he was glad to oblige - very personable, and he suggested we have some photos taken together, which we did (I've included them in this review).
But what about the wines? We found many of his wines to be outstanding - worthy of world class consideration. We found many of his red and white wines to our liking and each time we visit, we wind up with at least a case of wine to take back home.
I do suggest allowing for several hours for your visit as this is not your typical small winery (and we love the smaller wineries). And if you happen to go on a date where outside entertainment is performing, then quite a few folks will be there. All in all, plenty to see, much to experience, and many wine choices from which to embellish ones self in.
I don't think you will be disappointed. See the various photos I uploaded.
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