Summer wine slushie anyone? 7 vineyards within an hour of Uptown

Summer wine slushie anyone? 7 vineyards within an hour of Uptown
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This article was first published in 2017. It was last updated in August 2020.

There’s never a bad time to drink wine in 2020. It’s just that kind of year.

If you’re looking to get outside your house, heading to a vineyard can make a safe outing. Here are seven vineyards within an hour drive of Charlotte.

(Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, hours and availability of local vineyards changes often. Call before you go.)


(1) Cauble Creek Vineyard

Distance from Uptown: 45 minutes.

Tastings: $8 for 8 wines, $12 for 12 wines. Comes with a souvenir glass.

Food: No.

Wine slushie: No.

Events: Keep up with their events calendar here.

COVID Update: No tours or tastings currently, however, you can take a socially distant walk around the property. The wine room is open for pickups of all of their products, including homemade jams and pepper jelly.

700 Cauble Farm Road, Salisbury
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday

(2) Childress Vineyards

Distance from Uptown: One hour.

Tastings: $22-$30, which include four tasting pours and a souvenir glass.

Food: The winery features a bistro, so no outside food is allowed (hours are Mon-Sun, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.). Alternatively, grab some BBQ while in Lexington.

Wine slushie: Yes.

Live music: There’s live music on the back lawn at Childress on weekends. Check out the full events calendar here.

Coronavirus Update: Tours are not being held at this time, and reservations are recommended for the bistro.

1000 Childress Vineyard Road, Lexington
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

(3) Douglas Vineyards

Distance from Uptown: 35 minutes.

Tastings: $8 for six wines and a souvenir glass

Food: No, but there is the occasional food truck, including recent appearances from Vic the Chili Man (!).

Wine slushie: Yes.

Highlight: Douglas Vineyards also sells wine ice cream in flavors like “Bitchin’ Blackberry.”

7696 Freeze Road, Kannapolis
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday

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Photo courtesy of Douglas Vineyards.

(4) Treehouse Vineyards

Distance from Uptown: 45 minutes.

Tastings: $8 gets you eight wines and a tour. Due to coronavirus, tastings and tours are on hold. But you can still purchase wine and consume on-site.

Food: While Treehouse doesn’t have a restaurant, they do offer a selection of cheese to accompany your wine. Or go during Food Truck Friday.

Wine slushie: Yes.

Live music: There’s live music at Treehouse Vineyards most Friday and Saturday events with food trucks available on Fridays, too.

Highlight: Just as the name implies, Treehouse Vineyards has three treehouses available as vacation rentals. Perfect for a socially distant getaway.

301 Bay Street, Monroe
Noon to 7 p.m., daily

(5) Rocky River Vineyards

Distance from Uptown: 30 minutes.

Tastings: $10-$13 gets you eight wines and two wine slushies.

Food: Rocky River doesn’t have a restaurant, but you can BYO picnic.

Wine slushie: Yes.

Featured event: $5 Wine Slushy Wednesday. Also, there’s live music most weekends. See the full event calendar here.

11685 Reed Mine Road, Midland
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday

(6) Davasté Vineyards

Distance from Uptown: 40 minutes.

Tastings: $10 for a flight of five Davasté wines. There’s also a beer flight for $8. (No tastings right now due to the pandemic.)

Food: Davasté doesn’t have a restaurant, but you can bring your own snacks. The vineyard also sells 14 different cheese from Boar’s Head for a DIY pairing. Also a lobster dog food truck is on-site most Sundays.

Wine slushie: No.

155 Lytton Farm Road, Troutman
12 to 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday

(7) Veronét Vineyards & Winery

Distance from Uptown: 40 minutes

Tastings: Wine by the glass is $8-$10; wine flight is $15; and bottles are $20-$36.

Food: Offerings of cheese and nut platters and picnics are encouraged!

Wine slushie: No

Reservation only: During the pandemic, Veronét is open by reservation only.

1549 Ike Brooks Drive, Kings Mountain
12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays


Looking for more things to do? Check out our event board, or cross some items off the Agenda’s summer bucket list.

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