"Hey Mom and Dad- Do y'all want to start a vineyard with me? We should use Grandma's land! "- EA Dover
-MA and Audy Dover
Unlike many vineyards and wineries, we truly have no good story as to why we started on this venture.
Dovers have always loved good food, good wine, and doing things the hard way, so farming just seemed like a natural next step.
We decided to start farming in a very strange place—on prime real estate for commercial development in an area of North Carolina which seems to bulldoze forests and farms weekly! We are proud to say that we are dedicated to keeping agriculture alive in Cabarrus County. We planted our first vines in 2009 with the help of friends, family, and strangers. We started our first vegetable gardening ventures later that year, again with the help of volunteers. Despite having more set-backs than you could shake a stick at, the enterprise keeps growing and expanding each year.
In our dedication to environmental sustainability, we chose to grow two rather uncommon varieties grapes: Chambourcin and Villard blanc. These two varieties allow us to produce quality grapes under the threat of the many diseases and mildews of the Southeast. Our vineyards are located on extremely heavy clay soil that contains more rocks than Carter had pills. While this soil presented a challenge during planting, it seems to be a combination that produces some flavor-filled grapes.