Skippers Creek Vineyard is located on property owned by Debbie’s family for over 75 years. Growing up, dairy and tobacco farming filled her day with many hours of hard work. Today, sitting about 300 feet above sea level, the pastures thrive with five acres of viniferous vines overlooking the meadow and pond below. Our first planting happened in 2009 with additional plantings in 2010 and 2012, expanding the different grape varieties. We have always had a love for wine and can now see the fruits of our labor. The hard work remains hard but rewarding. The vines are flourishing and the wine is aging.
The Making of the Wine
We decided to plant viniferous grapes. In 2011 we had our first harvest of chardonnay and viognier. With the help of family and friends, we were able to get the harvest in before the storms set in. Winemaker Charles Zacharias did whole cluster press and fermented in steel with added French oak. We have since harvested cabernet franc and merlot, and these have been aged in oak barrels and blended in a Bordeaux style. This year we added petit verdot and malbec. We are currently working with a barrel fermented chardonnay. In 2015 we will be introducing a sweet white merlot “blonde.” Please come visit us to taste and enjoy.