Coming Home to Gregory Vineyards

Gregory Vineyards is like coming home with its wide plank front porch with rocking chairs, Calabash style seafood restaurant and wine made from muscadine grapes. Got To Be NC Festival. Homegrown Fare.

This post was made possible by a paid partnership with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Gregory Vineyards. All opinions are my own. See Disclosure/Disclaimer for details.

Dr. Lane Gregory hasn’t met a rooster he didn’t like. It’s probably because he races the sun every morning, and is awake and ready to do business before the rooster crows. Business started early for Gregory when he purchased his first farm when he was 14-years-old, and from there he dabbled successfully in many other business pursuits- restaurant owner, real estate and auctioneer, inventor, and most recently wine maker. Some people may say that his success stems from his extensive education–two Bachelor degrees in Agriculture and a doctorate in Education. Those who know him best will tell you it’s his passion for family.

Dining at Lane's Seafood and Steakhouse is a special treat. The Calabash style seafood keeps adults and children coming back to Gregory Vineyards.

Family is at the heart of Gregory Vineyards. You can find parents and children riding on the tram as they tour the vineyards, families coming together once-a-month to dine at Lane’s Seafood and Steakhouse (the on-site restaurant), and families celebrating weddings and anniversaries in the ballroom. Gregory and his wife,  Teresa manage the restaurant, and Teresa coordinates all the weddings and receptions. She has an eye for detail and a heart for family just like her husband. She wants all her brides to be happy and enjoy their special day by letting them come the day before for 7 hours to decorate, rehearse and get everything ready.

Gregory Vineyards produce 7 varities of white, red and blended Muscadine grape wine. All have received numerous medals.

The Story

The vineyard originally was planted as a back drop for weddings, but then the Muscadine grapes needed to be harvested and the winery and distillery were born. Teresa got a beautiful venue for her brides, and Gregory had a new business to pursue. As with his other ventures, making delicious wine came naturally. In 2009, Gregory produced his first wine, Mary Elizabeth, aptly named after his daughter. Mary Elizabeth is a sweet Muscadine white wine that was highly received and won 2 gold medals at the NC State Fair.

Dr. Lane Gregory shows visitors the special tractor used to harvest the muscadine grapes at Gregorys Vineyard. Got to Be NC Festival. Homegrown Fare.

The Wine

Currently, the winery produces 7 varieties of white, red and blended Muscadine grape wines each with a story or sentiment to a friend or loved one behind their names. Gregory plans to add 1 more wine to the mix after his son Adam passes the Bar Exam; it will be called Colonel Adam. In addition to wine, Gregory offers juice and fortified wine. Fortified wine is a wine that has a distilled spirit added to it. During the tours, Gregory explained the process of making fortified and unfortified wine, and the definition of terms. For example, brandy is a spirit that is produced by distilling wine.

Teresa Gregory works with brides and families to create a beautiful site for weddings and special events at Gregory Vineyards.

The Experience

Gregory Vineyards is a welcoming destination about 30 minutes South East of Raleigh, NC. Families, friends, and soldiers from nearby bases journey to the vineyard tucked between country roads in Angier, NC. They come for the homey feeling and familiar faces that have been working with Gregory for over 30 years. “It’s like coming home,” said Teresa Gregory. The restaurant reminds of you of visits and dinners at your grandparents house. The wide plank front porch with rocking chairs, wine tastings, tram tours, and a Calabash style seafood restaurant complete the experience of coming home to Gregory Vineyards.

Gregory's Vineyard makes a beautiful backdrop for weddings, special events or just relaxing on the porch with a glass of wine.

simply sunset wine cakes are made from Gregory Vineyards Sunset white wine.

 

Homegrown Fare 2017

Bring the taste of Gregory Vineyards to your home when you visit their booth at the Homegrown Fare presented by Lowes Foods at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. The event, part of the annual Got To Be NC Festival, will feature 100 local food, wine and beer companies. Admission is $3, but you can get in free with your Lowes Foods loyalty card. Plus, you can get a free gift while supplies last by mentioning FitTriangleMom.com at the Got To Be NC merchandise booth. More information about the Homegrown Fare and the Got To Be NC Festival is available at www.gottobencfestival.com.

Be sure to visit the Got To Be NC booth so you can get a selfie (or have someone take a picture of  you) in the special frame and tag your Instagram/Twitter posts with #homegrownfare17 !

Got to Be NC Festival at the NC State Fair grounds is the place to go to find NC homegrown wine and food.

Be sure to visit these other NC Blogger pages and learn about other Homegrown Fare participants.

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31 comments on “Coming Home to Gregory Vineyards”

  1. This sounds delicious! I’m not a big wine drinker, but I can get behind wine cupcakes for sure!!

    1. Rachel says:

      They might be a little too delicious. I ate a too many cupcakes, and I got a little buzz.

  2. Great story, Rachel. I did not know about this place or restaurant. We love Calabash seafood. We will have to go. Your cupcakes look divine.

    1. Rachel says:

      Thanks, Leigh. The restaurant reminded me of Dockside in Calabash, but probably a little better. Their steaks are delicious. My 5-year-old devoured his adult serving.

  3. Jen Busfield says:

    I love that each wine has a story or sentiment to a friend or loved one behind its name! I don’t think that I’ve ever used wine in icing…you are brilliant! And I am definitely going to have to give it a try!

    1. Rachel says:

      I felt like I was apart of the family when I was learning about the wine names during the wine tasting. Wine icing is delicious! Thanks for visiting my site.

  4. Jenni says:

    Gregory Vineyards is the coolest place! I’m so glad you had a chance to go visit. We’re fortunate that it’s not too far from our house. We’ll need to make a trip down to Lane’s sometime soon for dinner. And yes to those cupcakes. So easy, and I imagine they’re really good, too!

    PS He bought his first farm at 14?! Wow!!

    1. Rachel says:

      My family and I had a great time visiting Gregory Vineyards. It was about 45 minutes from our house, and it was a nice adventure for everyone. I like the u-pick the grapes in September. My kids would like going there during track out.

      Yes. He was 14. His family has been farming in the area for nearly 100 years. He is a real go-getter with an amazing entrepreneur spirit.

  5. @Dayngr says:

    Now you’ve got me craving those cupcakes! Good job on that. 😉 What a great write up. I’ve never been on a wine tasting tour. Hopefully, I’ll get to experience something like this.

    1. Rachel says:

      Thanks. The wine tastings are held in the dining area of the restaurant, and tours happen on the tram. I’m guessing they have a no drinking and riding rule, but you can enjoy a glass of wine on their front porch. If you can’t make it to the Got To Be NC Festival then you can find Gregory Vineyards wine available for purchase at the Quartermaster’s Restaurant & Tavern in Surf City.

  6. Kathiey says:

    I have not been to Gregory Vineyards yet. It is on my to do list. Thanks:-)
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    1. Rachel says:

      It’s close enough for dinner or an afternoon of wine tasting. Thanks for visiting my site.

    2. Rachel says:

      You would love it, Kathiey. It’s very welcoming and peaceful.
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  7. What a beautiful area for a wedding! That’s so neat how they got into the wine business! Ps. love your cupcakes!

    1. Rachel says:

      I love how you can plan an outdoor wedding and have an inside back up ballroom just in case.

  8. Andrea Bates says:

    These cupcakes look delicious. Love the idea of the wine in the batter and the icing/frosting. Yummmm. Also sounds like the kind of place I’d love to visit. Thanks for introducing us to them!
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    1. Rachel says:

      I love that the vineyards are close, and people of all ages are welcome. My youngest told me his favorite was the wine tasting; they gave the kids juice.

  9. What a wonderful post – I love the story of the winery and how it got started! A business run with love is always the best, right? The cupcakes look delicious – love how you used the wine for this recipe 🙂
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    1. Rachel says:

      I agree, a business run with love is the best! Enjoy the cupcakes.

  10. Fran says:

    You had me at Calabash seafood. swoon

    1. Rachel says:

      You can order the seafood fried, broiled, Cajun style. I got my shrimp with butter and seasoning. It was delicious.

  11. Wine cupcakes! I love vineyard tours. There is something so soothing about learning how things are made, but especially walking the rows, talking with artisans who really care, and coming away understanding more about the grapes and the process. This was such a great post! Thanks for sharing with us!

    1. Rachel says:

      At Gregory Vineyards, you can walk through the vines and take a tram tour. I love the big lake in the middle with the peninsula. They have many weddings in this location.

  12. These cupcakes sound divine! I can’t wait to try this recipe out! And I love Gregory Vineyards! Such a great venue! xx, I’m Fixin’ To

    1. Rachel says:

      The cupcakes are easy to make and delicious. Perfect for a get together with the girls. Thanks for visiting my site.

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