On the banks of the Roaring River at the former site of the Brewer Mills, now sits the newest winery in the Yadkin Valley. Roaring River Vineyards, located at 493 Brewer Mill Road, in Traphill, is more than just a vineyard, it’s a resort getaway nestled in Wilkes County on a unique historic site with scenic views, relaxing sounds and, of course, wonderful wines.
This fantastic new addition to the wine region has been a long time in the planning and though opening a winery was not the original plan for owners Tom and Josephine Silvey, the couple is pleased that Roaring River Vineyards is now open for business.
“When we bought this property it wasn’t to do a vineyard,” Josephine Silvey explained. Silvey and her husband first purchased the property in 2001 to build themselves a vacation home. The Silveys were both employed with major corporations and residing, at the time, in Charlotte.
“We were going to build a weekend house, a retreat so we could get away for the weekend and sort of let our hair down, relax,” Silvey said.
Josephine Silvey is of German descent, but was born and raised in France, near the Champagne region. When planning their vacation property, she suggested to her husband that they incorporate some things to remind her of her home.
“I said to my husband, if we build a French country cottage it would nice if we just added one or two rows of grape vines to remind me of my native France,” Silvey said.
A quick Google search lead the couple to a winemakers seminar at Surry Community College and soon an idea formed that was much bigger than just a getaway for themselves. The rest, as they say, is history.
Josephine Silvey said the process of designing and building the vineyard, tasting room and resort was far from glamorous. She detailed much of the process on her blog. The results are well worth it though and it is indeed a relaxing getaway now for wine lovers and area visitors.
Louis Jeroslow of Elkin Creek serves as winemaker for Roaring River Vineyards. Chardonnay, Viognier, Merlot, Chambourcin, Cabernet Sauvignon and a Traminette dessert wine are among the wines featured at Roaring River. During tasting room hours, visitors can enjoy snacks and sandwiches from the in-house restaurant Chez Joesphine. Cheese and charcuterie plates, as well as flat breads, paninis and sweet treats are included on the menu.
From the tasting room balcony, visitors can enjoy a lovely view of the river and remnants of the former grist and saw mills that were once on the property, built by German immigrants around 1793.
A covered area, known as The Gathering Place, offers a perfect venue for weddings or other special events. The property also boasts overnight accommodations in The Lodgings.
For more information on Roaring River Vineyards, The Gathering Place and The Lodgings, visit www.roaringrivervineyards.com or find Roaring River Vineyards on Facebook.
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