Our return visit to Yadkin Valley and Swan Creek AVAs in North Carolina began Monday with a delightful visit with Chuck and Jamey Johnson, owners of two wineries about half an hour west of Winston-Salem.
The Johnsons had already started Shadow Springs Vineyard when a nearby winery became available. They purchased the neighboring winery, renaming it Windsor Run Cellars.
Chuck and Jamey knew they wanted the two wineries to have their own individual personalities and wines. Today the outside of Windsor Run Cellars tasting room is a natural reddish wood reminding one of a large cottage. Inside it offers a relaxed, cozy atmosphere. Large windows overlooking nearby vineyards make one feel as if they are in the vineyard. Wines are produced from their own vineyards and the nearby Ferguson Vineyard, a vineyard owned by “the Judge.” In addition to traditional wines, Windsor Run Cellars also produces Apple Mead and Cherry Smash. The Windsor Run wines have intriguing names including Justice, Judge’s Verdict, Hillbilly Holiday and Midnight Run.
Wine enthusiasts will also enjoy a visit to Shadow Springs Vineyard tasting room just minutes away from Windsor Run Cellars. When approaching the tasting room, travelers will see what might appear to be a small stone castle, elegant with its stone walls and trim. Inside the tasting room is a combination of maple, cherry and oak. The tasting counter is maple. Plenty of light provides a bright and cheerful atmosphere. A selection of gift items is available for purchase. Shadow Springs’ wines include traditional varietals as well as a strawberry wine named Shortcake and a red blend with dark chocolate named Dark Shadow.
When visiting Winston-Salem area be sure to stop at Windsor Run Cellars and Shadow Springs Vineyard.