Serre Vineyards opened in September of 2020 just outside of Mount Airy on 70 acres bordering the Fisher River. The vineyard showcases wine, mountain views and sunsets.
Charlotte residents Melissa Hayes and husband, Christian Krobisch, fell in love with North Carolina wine while touring vineyards statewide, spurring them to start their own. The name Serre rhymes with “care” and is the French word for glass greenhouse.
The centerpiece of the estate is a 3,000-square-foot tasting barn on a grass terrace facing the Blue Ridge Mountains. The barn has a modern farmhouse motif with European accents.
The initial tasting menu features 10 wines. There are six dry wines (Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rosé, Sangiovese and a red blend), along with two sweet wines (peach and sangria) and two semi-sweet wines (white blend and rosé). Wine slushies and non-alcoholic slushies are also on tap.
Because vines on property are still in their infancy, the current wines were cultivated and made at fellow Yadkin Valley wineries Childress Vineyards and Round Peak Vineyards. However, Krobisch will assume the winemaker role beginning with the 2021 vintages.
“Our philosophy is to appeal to as many tastes as possible. Early feedback on the wine has been very good and that means a lot,” Hayes said. “ We want folks to come out and enjoy the view and get some calm and relief from their everyday life. To give an experience to folks more than anything, and the wines happen to be pretty amazing as well.”
Not only have the wines received favorable reviews, patrons rave about the mountain sunsets from the terrace. There’s also a trail system running from the vineyard down to the river.
“If people want to take a hike and a bottle of wine, they are welcome to do that. We have a map we can give them,” Hayes said.
A renovated two-bedroom cottage can be rented for overnight stays.
For more information about Serre Vineyards, visit www.serrevineyards.com or call 336-525-9463.
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