Owner(s): White and Jeroslow Families
Winemaker: Louis Jeroslow
Open to Public
Thu-Sun 11 to 5
318 Elkin Creek Mill Rd, Elkin, NC 28621
phone: (336) 526-5119
Elkin Creek Vineyard Profile
Written by Brian—Mar 27, 2018
It was early in the evolution of the Yadkin Valley as a wine-growing region that Mark Greene began planting grapes near the banks of Elkin Creek. The estate’s more than four acres of vines date back to 2001 and a tasting room soon followed.
In 2011, the White and Jeroslow families took possession from Greene and continue to build on the winery’s reputation. Louis Jeroslow’s assumed duties as the winemaker and produces a line of very high quality offerings. Nick White went to work in the kitchen where his brick oven pizza and artisan bread became the centerpiece for one of the valley’s best food programs. Jennifer White and Carrie Jeroslow staff the tasting bar and manage winery events.
Elkin Creek Vineyard is a small, boutique operation. Production currently stands at between 1200 and 1500 cases annually. The vineyard supplies most of the fruit and more is sourced elsewhere in the Yadkin Valley. I am told that production may eventually increase, but there are no immediate plans.
From the outside, the tasting room has a quaint, rustic almost cabin-like feel. A screened porch offers a view of the creek and a historic 19th-century gristmill. Inside, where the magic happens, the space is open and airy, with natural light flowing in above the tasting bar. Tables are arranged for visitors to enjoy Nick’s culinary offerings and relax with a glass of your favorite wine.
When I bellied up to the tasting bar, it was Jennifer White who poured my wine. She was also kind enough to provide some background on the property and insights on the local wine industry.
Jennifer poured a total of seven well-crafted wines. This included a pair of whites. The forst was a stainless steel Chardonnay. It was perfectly balanced with bright acidity and citrus and green apple notes. The Niagara was done in a dry style that displayed nice fruit and a crispness not often found in wines made from that varietal.
Four reds were on the menu. An easy drinking blend of Merlot and Syrah led the way. There was a very nice Cabernet Sauvignon and a respectable Chambourcin, but the standout for me was the Dornfelder.
If you are unfamiliar with Dornfelder, it is a German red varietal and not often found here on the east coast. The tasting sheet describes it as a table wine, but I think that fails to give credit to this particular wine. It was a little fruit forward, but showed real complexity mid palate and finished with a flourish of baking spices. It is a lovely wine that medaled at the state fare and the Mid-Atlantic Wine Competition.
Good food, good wine and a lovely venue with great customer service. What else could you ask for? I say this is a winery is a hidden gem that is just a perfect place to while away part of your afternoon. Drop in and, after you do, please let me know what you think.