Sep 15

Florida Refugees and Other Things

  September 15, 2017 On Wednesday afternoon two couples came in.  They said they were Florida refugees from Irma.  They chose Winston-Salem to stay for a few days as they had had a hard time finding a place.  They were pleasantly surprised at how much they enjoyed our town.  They did not realize we had wine in North Carolina and how nice everyone was around here.  We enjoyed our visit with these folks, our Florida refugees. It is always interesting what brings people to us.  This week it was the… Read More

Sep 08

The Studio at Hanover Park

Every building on the farm has a name.  The old barn near the road is Deborah’s Barn.  Years ago Deb was going to fix up the upstairs for a weekend place.  Deborah’s Barn also held many barrels of wine years ago before the winery was built. When our neighbor passed away his son asked us if we would like to buy the building.  It was large and down at the far end of our property.  What would we do with it?  Well, we did buy this building, which was built… Read More

Sep 01

NC Wine and Grape Month

A Proclamation was signed by Governor Cooper on Tuesday, August 29th to proclaim September as NC Wine and Grape Month.  Many people met at Childress Vineyards to kick off this month long celebration of NC wines and grapes.  So what does that mean for you? Well, a chance to make a point of visiting wineries in our state, both your favorites and someplace new.  To experience what all of us have to offer our state- keeping farms as farms, enhancing a crop (turning grapes into wine) and a lot of… Read More

Aug 25


Friday August 25, 2017 This year marks the start of our 19th harvest at Hanover Park.  Our first harvest in 1999 was very small.  We used an Italian basket press we had bought up in Virginia along with some fermentation bins and a hand crank crusher distemper.  Times have changed and we enjoy using the equipment we have now.  These items get used for about 6 weeks and are cleaned up and put away for another year. Every season brings a different harvest.  Mother nature has a lot to do… Read More

Aug 18


August 18, 2017 This week has been busy but it is also one where I must reflect on the past.  Wednesday August 16th marked 10 years since my Dad passed away.  It is never an easy day, and there have been many hard days over the years. I remember when my parents came to visit the farm.  As we walked the vineyard my Dad looked at Michael, pointed to a row and asked him how many bottles of wine we could make from that row, and how many rows did… Read More