Just finding McRitchie Winery and Ciderworks with your GPS can be challenge – my unit couldn’t distinguish between Thurmond Road and Thurmond PO Road, where the winery is actually located. Thanks to good signage, we traveled a little further up Hwy 21 North and found our way to McRitchie and the tasting room on top of the hill.
We were greeted as we got out of the car by canine hosts Fionna and Aello, who were very anxious to follow us indoors on a cold, breezy day. Inside the winery, another group was finishing up a tasting as we talked in, and another group was there for the cider.
A little about the cider: there are hard ciders that are more like beer and there are hard ciders that are lighter – more like a sparkling wine. That’s the kind that McRitchie creates from North Carolina-grown apples. We tasted a limited edition pear cider
I don’t usually keep my wine tasting glasses anymore – too many – but McRitchie offered such nice, big (Riedel?) glass that we had to take them with us.
We were just up the road then from Jones von Drehle, and we had to stop for a taste of Petit Manseng, a white that is usually blended, but is bottled here for its clean, crisp taste. I would love to return here for a winery tour and picnic on the patio overlooking the vast vineyard. There’s a beautiful tasting room too.