Owner(s): Douthit, Rice and Nycum Families
Winemaker: Jim Douthit
Open to Public
Wed-Sat 11 to 6; Sun 1 to 5
235 Chatham Cottage Ln, State Rd, NC 28676
phone: (336) 835-2458
Grassy Creek Vineyard & Winery Profile
Written by Brian—Apr 8, 2018
In the 1920’s John Hanes bought a large parcel of land along Grassy Creek in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley. Much of the region was dedicated to tobacco, but the Hanes property was known for its Guernsey cattle.
You can still find some cattle, but beginning in 2003 the Douthit and Rice families purchased part of the famous Klondike Farm and planted grapes. Today those 20 acres of vines plus another 10 near Lake Norman produce about 2500 cases of wine annually. A remodeled cattle barn was pressed into service as a tasting room and Grassy Creek Vineyard & Winery opened to visitors.
Jim Douthit learned winemaking from his father and supplemented those early skills by studying chemistry in college and practical experience working at nearby Hanover Park Winery. At Grassy Creek, Douthit is producing about a dozen wines from the estate fruit.
The wines Douthit is bottling are expertly crafted. I tasted through several during my visit and found the whites to be of particularly high quality. The barrel Chardonnay and off-dry Riesling are exceptional, but the Sauvignon Blanc was just over the top. Its melon notes were balanced against the citrus and bright acidity in the finish. It is a wine that approaches world-class status.
Reds included a super Tuscan red blend and a single-varietal Cabernet Sauvignon that were both worthy of note, but the Barbera was my overall favorite. It was a medium-bodied wine filled with bright fig and berry notes, a bit of acidity and some leather on the nose. Barbera appears to be well suited to growing conditions throughout the Yadkin Valley.
I will be remiss in not mentioning the famous Guernsey red and Guernsey white, which are crowd-pleasing blends. They are sold in milk bottles as a nod to the property’s dairy farming past. They are just a couple of fun wines one of Grassy Creek’s best sellers.
At the end of the day, this is just a fun venue. Grassy Creek Vineyard & Winery is a place to hang out with a glass of wine and light picnic. I certainly recommend stopping in and after you do, please let me know what you think.