Hanover Park Vineyard

About

The wines created have an old world feel and visitors enjoy relaxing on the front porch with a glass of Michael’s Blend or Mourvedre which are only a couple of the wines available at the winery. We are members of the Shallowford Wine Trail, 5 wineries close together, fun for a weekend trip.

Location Description

Located 20 minutes west of Winston-Salem, in the heart of the Yadkin Valley.

Features

  • Hanover State of Mind. Yadkin in a Glass.

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Winemaker

Michael's education in Viticulture and Enology has been independent and self-directed. As a former educator and researcher, he understood how to learn from universities, seminars, interviews, and websites involved with wine and grapes. In the summer of 2002, they returned to the south of France with appointments with winemakers in order to further understand the older French methods and blends.

History

A month-long honeymoon in the south of France in 1996 changed the lives of these former art teachers. Michael and Amy Helton returned home with a love of old world wine and the countryside, and by December, Hanover Park Vineyard in the Yadkin Valley of North Carolina began. Two artists and teachers took a chance, worked very hard, and turned an old farm into a thriving vineyard.

They began planting vineyards in the spring of 1997 and 1998. The farmhouse, built in 1897, was transformed into the tasting room and winery in 1999 for the first harvest producing 375 cases with the tasting room opening July of 2000.

The Team

Paige, Judy, Emily and JoAnn will greet you with over-the-top warmth, and you might possibly receive a kiss on the cheek from Pearl, everybody's favorite.

Recently Pearl has joined us at Hanover Park as our official greeter. She is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and is a wonderful part of who we are.

Practices & Techniques

Winemaking style is a matter of attitude about choices. I choose to harvest late, to cold soak the red skins in their own juice, to allow the wild and feral yeasts to start fermentation before adding yeast, to punch down the skins rather than pump over the juice, and then to keep soaking the skins in their own wine after fermentation is over. I choose to not fine or filter the reds, and I choose to minimally handle our reds. Our East Coast climate is more like the south of France than California, so I choose an old world attitude about winemaking.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Now from the soil and climate of the Yadkin valley comes a selection of wines that could be easily confused with the wine from the Rhone River Valley in France. Surprising? Not when you compare the Yadkin Valley with the south of France and Michael and Amy Helton’s love for Old World wines.

Take all the time, care, and research necessary to make the best wine that can be made in an Old World style that is balanced with food. And that's exactly what Michael and Amy Helton have done. As unpretentious and inviting as the vineyard itself, they've created world-class wines that appeal to wine lovers from the connoisseur to the weekend novice.

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Hours

Wed - Sat: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sun: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

Address

1927 Courtney Huntsville Rd
Yadkinville, North Carolina 27055
United States

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