Fourteen years ago, the first vines were planted at Flint Hill Vineyards in East Bend, but the farm has a rich history that goes back for more than a century. Soybeans and corn were the primary crops being grown on the land when owners Tim and Brenda Doub decided to plant a vineyard. The tasting room opened in October of 2005.
“There’s a lot of history here,” Brenda Doub said of the farm where her husband grew up. “It’s been in the family for over 150 years. It’s Century Farm designated and that means a lot to him.”
Doub also has infused some unique parts of her family heritage into the vineyard. Her parents hail from Holland, therefore the windmill was chosen as the logo for Flint Hill Vineyards. A painted quilt square with a tulip motif also adorns the outside of the yellow house.
Each Christmas, Flint Hill offers Delpht Blue ornaments, the famous earthenware design created in Delpht, Holland, also in homage to her family heritage. The Synergy wine is another item which reflects her heritage as its label features a drawing done by her grandfather, who was an architect.
Synergy is just one of the wines made from the five acres of vines at Flint Hill Vineyards. The winery has grown since its inception from offering four wines to eight varieties, most of which have won multiple medals in wine competitions.
In this year’s Mid-Atlantic Wine Competition, Flint Hill claimed three gold medals for its Viognier, Olde Yattken and Crimson Crush; three silvers for Chambourcin, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syngery; and three bronze medals for Tres Cerise, 2014 Chardonnay and 2015 Chardonnay.
Flint Hill Vineyards is known for its dry wines, said Doub. The Cabernet Sauvignon is always a popular one with customers as is the Tre Cerise, a red blend.
As the Yadkin Valley Wine Appellation has continued to grow, Doub said consumers are becoming more savvy when it comes to their wine choices.
“A lot of people are doing their research now and they know what we have,” she said. The large number of wineries in the area is also a big draw for visitors.
“The North Carolina wine industry is finally getting a presence, when we first opened it was really hard in the beginning,” she said. “The more wineries we have, it helps bring customers because they see all those wineries concentrated in this area.”
Doub said they always make a point to ask visitors what other wineries they plan to visit in the area and make sure they have directions to get there.
The century-and-a-half old farm house is also a lovely place for special events. Flint Hill Vineyards boasts a full commercial kitchen and offers private rentals for showers, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and more. Flint Hill also hosts its own special events with live music, wine dinners, pizza nights and more. Visitors also are invited to bring along a snack to enjoy while at Flint Hill Vineyards.
“We have a lot of repeat customers that come back and just sit and have a picnic and get a bottle of wine,” Doub said.
For more details on upcoming events at Flint Hill Vineyards, visit www.flinthillvineyards.com or find them on Facebook.
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