When you see the sign for Chatham Hill Winery on I-40 outside Morrisville, you really aren’t that far away. The winery is in a quiet business complex right off the highway, and when we pulled in on a Saturday afternoon, we were afraid at first that it might not be open.
As the Triangle area “dug out” from one of our snow dustings, we were among the few tasters on hand on that day at this urban winery. Tastings are $10 for eight wines and a glass, and $2 of the price is applied to any wine purchases. The price of a tasting also includes a tour of the wine production and bottling area.
Located in the heart of the Piedmont, Chatham Hill doesn’t grow its own grapes. The winery buys wine grapes from the state’s Yadkin Valley, the heart of North Carolina wine country.
The tasting room includes a large events area and great artwork. Inside the barrel room, there is another table available for events. And on a nice warm day, patio tables in front of the winery would be a fun place to enjoy a glass at the end of the day.
Of the wines we tasted, we liked several Chatham Hill reds, including a new release of Trinity, a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc – smooth and velvety. I purchased a rich Cab Sauv for Valentine’s Day – great with chocolate.
Chatham Hill hosts a variety of events, including live music, food and wine pairings and “wine and design” or paint while you drink events. Before Valentine’s Day, the winery hosted several wine and chocolate events. In March, look for pairings of wine with Easter and Passover foods — which wine would complement a nice leg of lamb?
This weekend, Chatham Hill offered wines paired with Girl Scout cookies — shortbreads with white wine or Chatham Hill’s Sweet Carolina Mango with the new Mango Crémes. What could be better?
Chatham Hill Winery
3800 Gateway Centre Blvd. Suite 310
Tuesday – Friday 11 am – 5 pm; tours at 12:30 and 3:30 pm
Saturday 12 noon- 6 pm; tours at 1, 3 and 4:30 pm
Sunday 1 – 5 pm; tour at 2 pm, 2nd Sunday of the month