Previously today we stopped at Sweet Vine and Southern Charm Wineries, and although Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard & Winery was the stop of the tour, it was the first at which we got to see grapes growing on the vines.
Despite being a family-owned property for over 100 years, Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard planted its first grapes only in 2003. The farm is tucked far enough into Cleveland County to still confound my GPS, but the tasting room isn’t too difficult to find, once the rows of 10+ acres of grapes are in sight.
The proprietors pride themselves on their century-old family tradition and ownership of the farmland, a heritage that they eagerly share with their visitors. From a personalized tour of the winery by one of the owner’s grandchildren, to a small, guided tour around the fields from a long-time family friend, the vineyard may be one of the smaller stops in North Carolina, but the hospitality makes the trip worthwhile.
The tasting selection is sprinkled with personalized references to the family, such as “Granda,” a Cab Sauv blend named in reference to the owners’ grandchildren, or “Milk House White,” a fruity estate-grown scuppernong grape reminding visitors of the farm’s origins as a milk farm.
If you’re not accustomed to the local Traminette, scuppernong, or muscadine grapes of the Southeast, the wines of Baker may not be for you. However, if you like the sweetness of wines made from wild Traminette grapes, then don’t pass up Baker’s estate-grown semi-sweet variety. Regardless, if you’re looking for an entertaining weekend afternoon excursion, be sure to bring the family and a picnic to enjoy the quiet, rich heritage and hospitality of Baker Vineyards.
- Baker’s Cabernet Sauvignon – A full-bodied wine with medium tannins made from estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and aged in French oak barrels
Other Tasting Notables:
- Baker’s Mule Barn Red – A semi-sweet wine made with estate-grown Ison muscadine grapes
- Baker’s Milk House White – A fruity blend of estate-grown Carlos and Magnolia scuppernong grapes that “remind you of summers at your grandmother’s”