It was bound to happen sometime. I knew I’d hit a bump in the road to visiting all these wineries, but I didn’t expect that any of them could be such a huge. ridiculous. disappointment.
A return weekend trip from Blowing Rock, NC seemed like the perfect opportunity to squeeze in a trip to Ginger Creek Vineyards, a small vineyard supposedly located in Taylorsville. From the looks of the website, I wasn’t expecting anything spectacular beyond the means of what a small, family-owned operation could produce, but I was anticipating more than twisted dirt roads leading to what appeared to be an abandoned property.
For the record, before this whole surprising disaster, we did try to call ahead but only reached the answering machine (yes, during operational hours). The website gave us no further information about seasonal hours of operation, so considering we were traveling to Ginger Creek within the “Open” hours, there was no indication that we would run into any troubles. My GPS found the street address, no problem. We had the website’s directions as backup, just in case. We even had the directions from a local neighbor to the “alternate” entrance.
Long story short, none of that seemed to matter. No matter how we tried to get to the vineyard, we ended up scraping along loose gravel roads, flinging dust and rocks into the air, all the while passing both Tyson’s chicken farms and abandoned properties. ..but no grapes! Sadness!
After about 30 painful minutes of searching, we made it to the correct property location. However, with no signs of life aside from the huge, whirling fans from the massive neighboring chicken coups, we left as quickly as we could. Ideally before we became characters in a Deliverance sequel.
How can an abandoned vineyard be rated? How long has it been closed? Is it ever going to open again? Should I try again next summer? How many tourists didn’t make it out of there alive? These are the questions that plague my thoughts after that detour.
We didn’t try any wines, so I’m not even going to bother with that rating. The atmosphere? For having incorrect website information, a terrible lack of directional signage to the vineyard, and for appearing abandoned, creepy, and having a disturbingly-close proximity to Tyson chicken farms, Ginger Creek is a disappointing 1 out of 5.
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