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HE OLD NORTH STATE STORY
Old North State Winery founded in 2002 has evolved into one of the larger wineries in North Carolina and is owned and operated by Ben Webb. ONS currently grows 31 acres of grapes in two vineyards which together produce about 25% of the grapes required for our winemaking in 2013. Green Hill Vineyard, the Northern most vineyard in the Yadkin Valley, is planted in Vinifera grapes Riesling and Malbec. Sandy Cross Vineyards, located in Nash County in eastern NC, is the main source for our Carlos, Nobel, and Magnolia Muscadines.
The ONS tasting bar is open 7 days a week and typically is pouring between 12-15 wines daily! Hopefully everyone will be able to find a wine they enjoy among our hand crafted wines.
ONS operates the Downtown Deli in our Tasting Room to serve our guest lunch and dinner entrées that are fresh and healthy prepared to order including a southern influenced Tapas dinner menu. After work Tapas special are week days from 4 pm to 6 pm featuring 2 selections of the Tapas menu at half price and daily wine specials.
ONS has several event spaces available for rental that will accommodate your small group or a large private party up to 285 people. Please check with the staff to discuss the possibility of having you special event at ONS. Chef Curtis will assist you in creating the perfect menu or help you select items from our catering menu.
ONS showcases local entertainment with an open mic every Wednesday night hosted by Joel Woodson, free live entertainment every Thursday night starting at 8, and at least one “Band Party” a month. Located in Downtown Mount Airy, ONS creates a great location to watch the best area musicians perform in a laid back atmosphere.
Old North State’s winemaker Nick McCrary has been making wines for over a decade in NC and VA, so come taste the fruits of his labor! ONS is a state of the art facility allowing the complete winemaking process to happen in downtown Mount Airy. From the time the grape is crushed it is treated gently in an oxygen free environment to ensure the best quality wines possible. ONS uses American and French oak barrels and has the ability to bottle 2.5 cases a minute. Tours are available after a wine tasting.
ONS is distributed in NC by Mutual Distributing and a network of distributors across Virginia. You can use our app “ONS Locate” to assist you in locating ONS wine retailers in VA and NC.. Download ONS Locate today!
HE RESTLESS SOUL STORY
The Old North State Winery’s Building was originally constructed in 1885 by Thomas Franklin Prather as a General Store. Mt. Airy is home to the world’s largest open face granite quarry. Accordingly, dynamite sales became a lucrative business in the area. Legend has it that due to a disagreement with Prather, the owner of the neighboring general store set off dynamite charges along the store front in 1926. The store façade was completely destroyed and Belk’s Department Stores purchased the distressed building and rebuilt the storefront remaining here till 1969. During the reconstruction, the skeletal remains of an arm were found. Still to this day no one knows to whom the arm belongs.
The staff of Old North State Winery have noticed mysterious events inside the building. Seasonally, our cellar staff works long hours and may be working into the early hours of the morning. Many reports of walking on the hardwood floors, closing doors, shuffling feet, shadows of movement and the feeling of not being alone when alone ONS Winery had a wonderful red wine blend in the tank preparing for bottling. Early morning and late happenings convinced the ONS cellar staff to dedicate a wine to this wandering sleepless spirit. Thus Restless Soul was officially dedicated and the arm with a glass of red wine graces our Restless Soul label. Cheers!
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