Archive for June, 2015

Herrera Vineyards

Posted on: June 30th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

Herrera Vineyards is family owned and operated, nestled quietly in the small town of Dobson, NC in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With more than 140 acres of property, our estate offers a little of everything. Sprawling vineyards, rolling rivers, immaculate tasting room and a pristine landscaped façade provide the ultimate relaxation experience. Herrera also has an on-site restaurant serving lunch and dinner as well as a bar with wine and beer available. The 75-foot double level patio offers a space for relaxation with a bottle of wine or a nice meal.
Herrera Vineyards prides itself on the tradition of cultivating, harvesting and producing premium wines from fruit grown exclusively on Herrera properties. With a wide variety of dry, semi sweets and sweets, we provide award winners that cater to every wine connoisseur’s preferences. Influenced by culture and heritage, Herrera Vineyards introduced the first bottled Red Sangria from the Yadkin Valley in 2012 with much acclaim. 2013 will bring forward new selections from this specialty line as we continue to develop our signature Sangria in both red and white varieties. It is our pleasure to invite you to join us for tastings, tours and tradition. We await your arrival at our home away from home.

Bienvenido a nuestra familia.

Herrera Vineyards Opens in the Heart of the Yadkin Valley

Posted on: June 25th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

DOBSON, N.C. – The Yadkin Valley’s newest winery is also one of its nicest.
Herrera Vineyards opened May 28 amidst rolling hills just a mile outside the town of Dobson. The Herrera family went to great lengths to ensure the winery would be a destination worthy of its location in the heart of the Yadkin Valley wine region.
Sisters Monica Herrera-Rangel and Carolina Herrera-Ochoa purchased the 54-acre former Black Wolf Vineyards in 2010. A year later, Herrera Vineyards began selling wines from grapes grown at family-owned vineyards in southern Surry County.
Even though Herrera’s wines came to market in 2011, the plan all along was to take time to properly renovate and upgrade the Black Wolf facilities. A lot of effort also went into the vineyards and landscaping, including a waterfall and two 75-foot wide terraces.
The result is a striking tasting room/restaurant with a Southwestern villa exterior and a warm, inviting interior combining rich wood textures with hand-made iron fixtures and accents.
“We were a little nervous at opening because when you work on something for four years, you’ve got to impress,” said assistant manager Manny Perez. “However, it has been very well received. It’s such a beautiful setting. As soon as you drive up, you get the feeling of being transported someplace very nice.”
The main building houses a tasting room in one wing, a gift shop and overflow tasting room in the other wing, and a 22-seat restaurant in between. Additional dining for up to 24 is available on the main terrace.
The tasting room and restaurant overlook the vineyards, with a winery and guest cabin located on a lower portion of the property.
Herrera Vineyards offers a dozen wines crafted by winemaker Kevin Childers, a graduate of the enology and viticulture program at Surry Community College. Of the wines, eight are red and four are white. According to Perez, five are dry wines, five are semi-sweet and two are sweet.
Three of the most popular wines are the Dry Riesling, Solera and Tannat.
“Our grape varietals are different from what consumers are used to. We have Malbec and Tannat, which are red varietals often found in South America,” Perez says. “We don’t have some of the traditional wines people are familiar with, which I think is a good thing. It allows us to
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offer something unique. It’s a draw.”
Herrera’s Dry Riesling was named the best overall white wine at the 2014 North Carolina State Fair Wine Competition, while the Rosé and sweeter Riesling earned silver medals in their categories.
Operating hours for visitors are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday hours are noon to 5 p.m. Lunch is available Tuesday to Sunday and dinner is available Friday and Saturday nights. The winery is closed Mondays.
“From where we are located, you can hit 20-25 different wineries in about a half-hour drive,” says Perez. “We couldn’t ask for a much better position. Being so central to the whole Yadkin Valley is a big plus.”
For info on Herrera Vineyards, call 866-313-8008 or go to: www.HerreraVineyards.com.

Island Stream Rental

Posted on: June 23rd, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

Would you like to get away for a few days, a week, or even longer? Head to Island Stream Rental – this is the place for you – located at 108 Island Stream Lane in Mount Airy, NC, just outside the city limits. This is a brand new, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in a very private location, completely furnished with everything you need. Linens are provided. The home is located within 2 miles of I-74, I-77, and Hwy 52 and only 7-10 minutes from Downtown Mount Airy and 20-30 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

No pets or smoking allowed.

Amenities include a flat screen tv, high speed wi-fi, charcoal grill, and a washer & dryer.

Rates are $125 per night with a minimum of 2 nights. If you would like to stay longer, call to discuss rates per week or per month.

336-401-3286 or 336-719-0231 or email tabbyco.@yahoo.com

Mountain View Cottage

Posted on: June 11th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments
Mountain View Cottage is a unique getaway on a thirty five acre farm facing the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is a very quiet and peaceful place to relax and enjoy nature, with a great view from the front porch. The Cottage is convenient to historic Mount Airy, Blue Ridge Parkway, Pilot Mountain, and the Yadkin Valley Wine Trail.
The Cottage features three bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sitting area, living room, laundry room, and modern appliances.  The seventy-five-year-old farm house (cottage) has been totally remodeled with hardwood floors throughout the house.
Cottage is totally furnished – linens, cookware, and dinnerware are provided.
Additional amenities:
Gas Grill
40” Satellite TV in HD
Washer/Dryer
Wi-Fi
Kerug Coffee Maker
Keyless Entry
The Cottage is conveniently located to several area attractions:
Blue Ridge Parkway 14 miles
Mount Airy 15 miles
Round Peak Vineyard 5 miles
Shelton Vineyard   21 miles
Pilot Knob State Park 32 miles
Approximately 1 hour to Hanging Rock State Park, Danbury
Approximately seven miles from  Interstate-77
Maximum Occupancy 4
Sun –Thurs $150
Fri – Sat $175
No Pets allowed.
Located at 2337 Old Lowgap Road; Lowgap, NC

Local Phone: 336-972-2385 or 336-985-0853

normanls@windstream.net

 

Mayberry Spirits Distillery

Posted on: June 4th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

Taste the Spirit of Mayberry with moonshine, whiskey, and brandy! Tour the first legal whiskey distillery in Mayberry since Prohibition!
Moonshine, Whiskey, and Brandy are lovingly made in small batches in the handcrafted copper still. Watch it being made and lift your spirits! Browse the unique gifts, including hand-rolled cigars, handmade Moonshine Mash Soap, Barn Quilts, local fine art, and more!