My wife and I stopped at the Sharp Rock Vineyards on our way home from North Carolina. We picked Sharp Rock because it was small, inexpensive and picturesque, but more importanly, they had wine dogs (yes, we're dog lovers). We arrived and there was little going on outdoors on this hot day, so we stepped inside the winery to have a look around.
The winery is a barn, so don't miss it if you go. This is not a large winery with a full wine store and shelves of wine and accessories. It is a simple, unassuming place with a friendly owner and just a few good quality wines for tasting and purchase. The tasting was $3 per person offering a sample of the 7 wines currently available. They ranged from tart and dry to robust and sweet. What I liked most about their wines, whether dry or sweet, was the balance of flavors. The dry wines carried a nice balance of a slightly sweet finish, and the sweet wines were not overpoweringly sweet. You will experience various different grapes and fruit/spice combinations as well as variations on specific grapes. It is casual and pleasant, and the wines are worth bringing home. Also note that there is a bed and breakfast on premises, but we did not stay there as we were just passing through.
I couldn't finish this review without commenting on the fuzzy guy that met us on the way out. A big bushy Bernese mountain dog came bouncing up to us, assuming we were there to see him. He was pleased to find out we were. I'm not sure what his name was, but he and his several "wine dog" buddies are a good reason to go all by themselves. This was a nice quick stopover on our way home, and I'd recommend Sharp Rock for both wine lovers and dog lovers.
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