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6 Standout Wineries from One Writer's Road Trip Across America

(Dan Dunn,, January 7, 2015)

“I thought I was this tough guy, having worked in Oregon,” [Sean] said, “but the weather here is humbling. It’s tough to farm in North Carolina.” Tough indeed, which is all the more reason to be impressed by the delicious wine and hard cider produced at this family-owned and operated winery in the Yadkin Valley.

McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks on UNC TV: January 30, 2014

Focused on McRitchie ciders and the growth of the hard cider industry.  McRitchie Ciderworks is North Carolina's first cidery and uses only North Carolina mountain grown heirloom apples.

NC vineyard revives hard cider craft

(M. Linda Lee, USA TODAY, October 29, 2013)

Carolina Treasure

(Trevor Burton, Currents, January 2013)

Cider: Apples in a Glass

(Matt Tate, Our State, November 2012)

The Grape: Yadkin Valley

(Margo Knight Metzger, Our State, July 2011)

"And along with ethereal whites, dry rosé, and rich red blends like Ring of Fire, McRitchie Winery in Thurmond takes full advantage of the local bounty and produces elegant hard ciders made from heirloom apples."

Recipe for Mulled Hard Cider

Not really news but 'tis the season ...

Cider Revival: How one local winery is reintroducing a bygone beverage

(Chris Gigley, North Carolina Wine Press, September-October, 2010)

McRitchie Hard Cider Featured in National Beer Magazine

(DRAFT Magazine, September-October, 2010)

"Carolina Harvest"article featuring McRitchie Winery

(Scott Jones, SOUTHERN LIVING, August, 2010)

Courtesy of Southern Living.

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McRitchie Winery Partners with Tumbling Shoals Farm

•Hard Cider Gains in Popularity

(Tricia Childress, Creative Loafing, Charlotte, NC, March 9, 2010)

• reviews our Hard Cider

• reviews our Fallingwater White

•My Vineyard Tour: The taste for adventure among the vines can be quenched with relative ease

(Laura Giovanelli, Winston-Salem Journal, August 8, 2009)

Oliver and Camille, two of our new vineyard workers

Savoring the Flavors of North Carolina's Napa
(Diane Daniels, Washington Post, February 8, 2009)

Sonoma of the South
(Constance Richards, WNC Magazine, Nov/Dec 2008)

Triad's Best Little Known Wineries
(Triad Business Journal, November 2008)

Appellation America Wine Review
(2007 Ring of Fire Red, November 28, 2008)

Pale Rider Review
(Amber Nimocks, Raleigh Observer, November 25, 2008)

A Fruitful Life
(Ed Williams, Latitude Magazine, November 2008)

2007 N.C. State Fair awards 165 medals
in commercial winery division

McRitchie Winery took home the N.C. Winegrower’s Cup and Best of Show honors with their 2006 Chardonnay...”

Appellation America Wine Review
(McRitchie Winery’s 2006 Chardonney— unoaked)

North Carolina vineyards produce great wines for holiday time
(Greensboro News & Record, December, 2007)

Wine trends studied at meeting
(The Tribune, February 4, 2008)

New winery takes the grape award
(Raleigh News & Observer, October 10, 2007)

A Fruitful Life: Winemaker's experience brought him to N.C.; new label is keeping him here
(Winston-Salem Journal, September 4, 2007)

The Fine Wines of North Carolina: Growers, vintners learning, patiently, what works best
(Winston-Salem Journal, Friday, January 25, 2008)

Uncorked: Sharing wine with strangers creates a bond
(Greensboro News & Record, December 5, 2007)

North Carolina's Yadkin Valley: tobacco farmers embrace winegrapes
(Wines and Vines, March 2005)

Pour to pour: From sparkling muscadine to petit manseng, a new crop of Southern wines is beginning to win respect — finally
(Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 20, 2007)

These wines are sort of from the South
(Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 20, 2007)

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Barbara Ensrud,, February 25, 2008
North Carolina Wines

I try to taste mid-Atlantic wines often. Here are some of the the wines I especially liked: McRitchie 2006 Pinot Gris, Yadkin Valley, $14. Fragrant and very well-balanced, this Pinot Gris is mostly dry, with appealing richness but good acidity that makes it lively and very attractive to drink. Small production, mostly available at the winery—worth a weekend visit! Also check out Sean McRitchie‘s dry Hard Cider and Ring of Fire red blend.

Other NC Chardonnays I liked: McRitchie 2006 Yadkin Valley, excellent fruit, lively balance with a nice light touch of oak.
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