Coming Home to Gregory Vineyards
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 !
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