While racing at California tracks in the 1970s, Richard Childress spent some of his off-track time at small wineries. He later explored vineyards in the Finger Lakes region in New York, following NASCAR's expansion to Watkins Glen. As he made friends with vineyard owners and winemakers, Childress began to consider starting his own vineyard. By the 1990s, Childress had purchased land, planted vines and by the end of the 90s was having his grapes custom-crushed, making wine to give to friends
Childress Vineyards broke ground in 2003 and the 35,000 square winery commenced operations in 2004 Located in the Yadkin Valley AVA, an American Viticultural Area, Childress' winemaker is Mark Friszolowski. Childress is part of a broader development of wine-grape growing and vineyards in North Carolina which has been gaining traction in the 21st Century, following a period of rapid growth beginning in the 1980s
This is my first stop on my state tour of vineyards. I've visited Winston Salem often to see friends and zoomed past Lexington so often that I want to create a journey for myself to visit at a minimum. One Vineyard per state. This is what i seen and wanted to share with everyone a very pleasant and different experience with each vineyard. Childress the former Nascar driver had a great vision and it shows at his beautiful winery. Specialty are the white wines that he produces. Whats so amazing he has the old vine varietals at his winery and a few local grapes as well. So his tasty Sangiovese went really well with my 3 cheese pasta and my wife's Trifecta meal had a stand out wine that we purchased called the "Classic Blush". The Bistro is a great touch to the wine tasting and preps you for a very good tour of the facility. The staff was amazing and I really felt comfortable all the way through the day with his extended family. This is part of my thanks to Richard Childress and his staff. Can't wait to go back.