just a sip away
In the heart of the Yadkin Valley
~Imagination is the true magic carpet.~
Sweet Home Carolina is a small boutique style vineyard & winery. The only grape we grown on premise is Diamond, a white hybrid form the north. The rest of our grapes and fruits, we source from other vineyards and orchards. Why? We are growing older and as we age, we seem to be growing wiser, recognizing our limitations as well as our strengths. Farming is for those younger and healthier than we are.
Sweet Home Carolina has its own winery, fully equipped and with crush pad, laboratory, fermentation room, and climate-controlled barrel room. Our winemaker is one of the owners and has been making wine for 12 years. She is self-taught and very creative with many award-winning wines to show for her efforts She is also our resident artist, designing all the labels for our wines, many of which are her own original artwork. Others are designed from photographs taken by various family members. As you look around the Tasting Room, you will see her painting as well as others.
In the w winery, we fully ferment our own wines which are always under the close scrutiny of our winemaker. We bottle, cork, and label our own wines, storing them in a climate-controlled area until they make their way into the Tasting Room.
We may be small... but we do it all.
(The Abridged Version)
Our story has many chapters and even stretches into volumes, but for our purposes here, we will keep it as brief as possible. We retired from our long time businesses in Norfolk, Virginia in 2003, bought a motor home and traveled the United States for a good while, then, after visiting family in Clemons, North Carolina, we discovered the Yadkin Valley. We relocated from Virginia Beach, Virginia to the Forbush area of Yadkin because it was, quite simply, the most perfect place for this chapter of our lives. ... peaceful, serene, friendly. It wasn't until we'd already settled ourselves that we discovered we were in the heart of North Carolina wine country.
Sunday afternoons took us venturing out to one winery after another, meeting the owners and staff, and so many lovely people who shared our love of wine. Before long, in April of 2006, we had our first vines planted. It was hard work, but a labor of love since we did it all ourselves, two crazy people on a mission. We began to nurture the dream of what would one day open as Sweet Home Carolina Vineyard & Winery. We searched for and found 23 beautiful rolling acres on Old US 421 Hwy E. for the site. The property was perfectly placed as it is only 5 miles east of Yadkinville and 20 short minutes from downtown Winston-Salem. We set about learning as much as we could about growing grapes and making wine (which we have now found to be a never ending process). We began entering our wines in amateur wine competitions and winning many awards which helped to boost our confidence.
Unfortunately, life stepped in with other plans and we were slowed down considerably by our winemaker's unexpected and ongoing battle with heart disease. After a long period of recuperation, we put our plans on hold and even considered scrapping the entire project. We had fought many battles in our lives and this, like the others, was one we chose not to let beat us, so we began building our new home on the winery property and kept looking forward.
The property which began as 23 acres has now increased to approximately 30 acres of lush rolling hills. It is nestled comfortably in the breathtaking Yadkin Valley and is home to our winery and the Sweet Home Carolina Tasting Room.
The land at Sweet Home Carolina has a history of its own, a history that encompasses generations of families and events that precede us by decades... even centuries. Like may of the lands in this area, the property was once a booming hub for moonshiners as evidenced by the standing stones left placed carefully near the creek below the house. The property is teeming with spirits from the past which intrigued us even more since we have had a long standing fascination with paranormal activity and have traveled to other countries as well as other parts of the United States on investigative quests.
Sweet Home Carolina is a family owned and operated enterprise which never lacks for southern charm, country kindness, the laughter and company of friends, and wines that will keep you coming back.
Follow the Magic!
A Warm Celtic Carolina Welcome
From Your Hosts
John and Lyn Koren
(To Your Health!)