Recently, my sorority alumni chapter planned a Saturday afternoon wine tasting at the Vineyards at Southpoint, a winery that is new to me. With rain predicted off and on, it was a perfect day to stay inside and enjoy some North Carolina wine with new friends.
The winery is the second opened by vinter and vigneron Guy Loeffler. The Vineyards at Southpoint is a sister winery to Horizon Cellars, another Chatham County winery near Siler City.
Vineyards at Southpoint sits on a beautiful piece of land in northeast Chatham County, not far from Jordan Lake but close enough to have a Durham address. Large oaks line the drive over a hill to the winery. On a sunny afternoon, it would be a treat to enjoy a glass of wine on the deck overlooking a small pond, in this quiet rural setting. There are also picnic tables under the oaks, next to the vineyards.
Inside, Loeffler has created a faux cellar with that is used for larger tasting events and parties. The tasting room itself offers plenty bar-side room for tasting, as well as tables on the deck just outside
We tasted a variety of wines — Chardonnay, Vognier Reserve, Vidal Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin, Cabernet Sauvignon, a 2005 reserve Syrah and Vin Del Sol. We paired the Chardonnay with an almond, the Viognier with white chocolate, the Chambourcin with a piece of cheddar and the Cab Franc with milk chocolate. So interesting to see how a bite of food can enhance the taste of the wines
I purchased a bottle of Chardonnay, with a nice buttery, citrus taste. Something to look forward to this summer.
I was intrigued by bottles of what appeared to be champagne with politicians’ faces – called “Good Riddance.” My picture is out of focus, so I may have to go back for a closer look. A good excuse for a return trip one sunny afternoon.