Baby it’s cold outside: Remembering a fall visit to Morgan Ridge

tables on patio

Terrace outside the tasting room is a great place to enjoy a glass of wine.

Sometimes in the blog-o-sphere, the posts get a little backed up, or even a lot. Which could mean that when you finally get around to writing about a winery visit on a warm fall day, it’s actually the dead of winter, with no foliage in the vineyards, much less wine grapes.

But it could be a good thing to look back on a cold, snowy day, to a that harvest-time afternoon tasting wines at a North Carolina winery while the grapes hang heavy on the vines. So a happy result of getting a little behind on the blog posts is a chance to look back on a visit to Morgan Ridge Winery in Rowan County.

Morgan Ridge produces a variety of red and white wines with a great deal of character. The winery facilities are pretty amazing, from the tasting room and adjoining terrace, to a covered pavilion, a fire pit overlooking the pond , a flowing fountain and an Italian villa overlooking the vineyards and winery. In the middle of the facilities is a sculpture of the Wizard of Oz’s wicked witch, flattened by the flying house.

It was a great chance to enjoy some good wine in a beautiful setting and a stroll up to the vineyards, where the red wine grapes were just getting ripe for harvest.  What to buy – a light peppery White Syrah, Sangiovese aged in American oak, a mineral-rich Cabernet Sauvignon or the Chambourcin aged a year in Hungarian oak?

Morgan Ridge is located in a picturesque rural landscape with rolling hills and farmland, not far from Rowan County’s Dan Nicholas County Park and High Rock Lake, both great recreation destinations. And the winery is famous for its weekly Wine Down Friday plated dinners and Slide by Saturday buffet lunches. It also sounds like the winery will be brewing some beer soon … I’m pretty sure another trip to Morgan Ridge is in my future.

Villa in vineyard

Italian villa at Morgan Ridge.

witch sculpture

I’ll get you my pretty, and your little dog too!

Wouldn't this be a great place to enjoy wine with friends on a cool evening?

Wouldn’t this be a great place to enjoy wine with friends on a cool evening?

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