May 18, 2021

Summer Sippin’: 12 Can’t-Miss Alabama Wineries

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It’s no Napa, but Alabama does have several wineries and vineyards dotting the state, from the northern mountains to our southern coast. While the muscadine, Alabama’s only native grape, plays a central role in many of the wines produced in our state, there are a several other varietals to sample, from sweet fruit wines to buttery chardonnays and full-bodied reds. Check out these 12 wineries for a sip of the South. 

Morgan Creek Vineyards (Harpersville)

A family business started by two generations of Charles Brammers, Morgan Creek Vineyards specializes in semi-sweet to sweetish muscadine and fruit wines. In its two decades, Morgan Creek has grown into the state’s largest winery and distributes its line of 13 wines at 400 groceries across the state. Don’t miss the signature Grapestomp and July 4th events held annually.

What to try: Vulcan Red (dry, smooth, lots of fruit, clean finish)

With its spectacular Tuscan-themed outdoor setting, Ozan is often the stunning backdrop for the union of countless happy couples. The winery primarily uses Norton grapes in its wines that range from light and tart Riesling to the heavier Pinot Noir. For an all-day experience, take advantage of Ozan’s partnership with the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum for a wine and dine train ride that includes a wine tasting, vineyard tour, alfresco gourmet lunch, and a ride on the vintage train.

What to try: Chilton County Peach (semi-sweet, fruit-forward, refreshing)

Set on just five acres, this quaint Alabama winery produces a wide variety of wines from Alabama muscadines, as well as from appellations across California, Oregon, Washington, Virginia, New York, and the Midwest. The winery’s adjoining bistro serves light lunch bites like chicken salad, hummus, and cheese and fruit plates to accompany your pour.

What to try: Tuxedo Junction (chocolate, raspberry, caramel)

Where European tradition meets Southern charm, you’ll find Attalla’s Wills Creek Vineyards. In addition to daily wine tastings of the winery’s 20 rotating varietals, you can also take a tour of the processing room to learn how wine is made and even attend a monthly wine-making class. Owners Jahn and Janie Coppey are happy to share their passion for wine with every guest who visits their property nestled in the Appalachian foothills of the Big Wills Valley.

What to try: Vatani’s Wild White (citrus, floral, pear, crisp acidity)

This rural winery specializes in sweet and dessert wines made from muscadine, Cynthiana, and Norton grapes grown on property. The family-run winery is the realization of a longtime dream for owners Bill and and Janette Bailey. The tranquil winery provides a welcome and relaxing escape to visitors from near and far.

What to try: Autumn Evening Blush (blend of red and white muscadine grapes, sweet)

Located 20 minutes west of Auburn and 40 minutes east of Montgomery, Whippoorwill is southeast Alabama’s only vineyard. The winery gets its name from the songbird of the same name, which provides a joyful soundtrack to the peaceful muscadine and scuppernong fields.

What to try: Noble Dry (full-bodied, moderate acidity, raspberry, cherry)

Perdido Vineyards (Perdido)

History is steeped in the very makings of this winery. In 1972, Perdido became the first farm winery to open in our state since prohibition. Since then, this coastal winery has been producing premium red, white, and rose table wines made with locally grown grapes. In addition, the winery is famous for its line of wine vinegars with flavors like fig balsamic, tomato, and hot pepper.

What to try: Rose Cou Rouge (semi-dry red, also known as Redneck Rose)

Jules J. Berta Vineyards (Albertville)

Named Alabama Winery of the Year and a North Alabama Attraction of the Year, this expansive vineyard is a must visit in North Alabama. Jules. J Berta offers 20 varietals, from traditional reds and whites to an expansive fruity blends collection featuring strawberry, watermelon, and lemon. While you’re there, order a hand-tossed, wood-fired pizza to pair.

What to try: Sylvaner (wild, sour, scents of apple)

Harbor View Winery (Guntersville)

Located in a quaint white house in downtown Guntersville, Harbor View is the newest of Alabama’s wineries. Its four owners wanted to bring a taste of tropical fruit wines from the ocean to the lake with their huge variety of fruit wines. Everything from passion fruit to guava, grapefruit to key lime is fair game at this winery. We recommend trying one of their signature wine slushies in addition to doing a wine tasting.

What to try: Tomato (dry, spicy, warm) or Blackberry

Bryant Vineyard (Talladega)

Located on Logan Martin Lake, Bryant Vineyard emerged in 1965 when a smattering of muscadine vines were planted for family jellies and wine experimentation. Twenty years later, Bryant became the state’s second licensed winery. The family-owned farm and winery (where you can even pick your own fresh fruits and veggies) has been going strong ever since.

What to try: Dixie Gold (fresh, tangy, fruity)

Fruithurst Winery Co. pays homage to its town’s start as massive grape producer with more than 3,000 acres of vineyards. Cousins Josh and Dylan Laminack are reviving Fruithurst’s former glory as a wine town. Food trucks regularly park at this local hangout that’s known for its sweet fruit wines and muscadine juices.

What to try: Watermelon (seasonal, sweet, light)

Owner Jim Lee got the idea for an Alabama winery on a trip to California wine country in 2004. He imported cabernet grapevines from California the following year and by 2012, he opened Maraella Winery, whose name is a tribute to his four granddaughters. Today, Maraella is the only winery in the state producing cabernet made from grapes grown on its own property.

What to try: Cabernet Sauvignon (flagship)

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