Born from a month-long honeymoon in France, Hanover Park Vineyard was created to fashion old world wines in an old-world atmosphere. An 1897 farmhouse sets the tone for relaxing and enjoyable tastings, inviting guests to slow down and appreciate the “Hanover state of mind.”
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.
These wines reflect the time, care, and research necessary to make the best wine that can be made in an Old World style that begs for food pairings.
We were fortunate to have our first experience with Hanover Park during the NC Wine Month Kickoff Event when we tasted the 2014 Mouvedre.
2014 Mourvedre — The 2014 Mouvedre is a complex blend with a little Syrah and Grenache. This red wine was aged in oak for two to three years. There is a beautiful balance between the ripe, red fruit and the spices. Successful pairings include lamb, beef, and cheese.
Our second experience was during the NC Wine Bloggers Summit, which Hanover Park graciously hosted. Wineries, bloggers, and other supporters of the industry came together to discuss NC wine. During one of our breaks, we walked around the farmhouse with one of the owners, Amy Helton.
2012 Mourvedre — This is a wonderfully complex wine with notes of ripe cherry, plum, tobacco, and smoky spices, and a long-lasting finish.
What they say: We will begin working on a red blend with 50% or more Mourvedre, along with some Syrah, Grenache, and small amounts of Cinsault, and Carignan. These grapes, of Rhone Valley origins, are very happy in our Yadkin soil and climate. Mourvedre produces a wine with some structure and backbone. It is fleshier than Syrah, hardier than Grenache and Cinsault, and more charming than Carignan.
- Pairs well with grilled lamb chops.
- Tastings are all afternoon long, ending half an hour before closing.
- If you have a group of six or more, please call ahead to schedule a tasting.
- Wednesday–Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Sunday: 1:00–5:00 p.m.
- Winter Hours: January & February: 12:00–5:00 p.m.
- Taste all of their wines for $12 and keep your glass.
- Taste 5 wines for $5 and keep your glass.
- Riedel wine glass tasting — taste 7 wines for $15.
Until our next glass…
Go Local. Drink Carolinas. 🍷