Taking advantage of the growing interests in wines, 10 vineyards now make up Alabama’s popular Wine Trail.
Those participating vineyards include: Jules J. Berta, Wills Creek, White Oak, The Fruithurst Winery Co., Bryant, Morgan Creek, Vizzini Farms, Ozan, Whippoorwill and Perdido – all extending from the northeast portion of the state down to near the Gulf.
Running north to south, the Jules J. Berta Vineyards/Mad Hungarian Winery is operated by Jules and Becky Berta in Albertville and produces Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Syrah fruit wines such as strawberry, watermelon and muscadines.
For more information: www.julesjbertavineyards.com
A little farther south in Attalla is the Wills Creek Vineyards operated by John and Janie Coppey and producing several varieties of muscadine and grape wines along a old family tradition of wine making going all the way back to Switzerland.
For more information: www.willscreekvineyards.com
Eastward in Anniston is the White Oak Vineyards operated by Randal Wilson and Dana Davis and featuring a selection of artisan wines.
In addition to the vineyards, visitors will find flower gardens and a Koi pond and you are welcome to bring a picnic basket and spent a relaxing time. Their wines include muscadine champagne, muscadine wines, along with peach and blueberry and elegant dry wines including Cabernet, Norton, Chardonel and Blanc de Noir.
For more information: www.whiteoakal.com
In the next county over, in Cleburne, you will find The Fruithurst Winery Co. in Fruithurst and following a long tradition of wine making in the area. Operated by Josh and Dylan Laminack, the winery produces red and white muscadine, strawberry, blueberry and peach wines in dry, sweet and semi-sweet varieties.
For more information: www.thefruithurstwinery
The Bryant Vineyard, owned by Kelly and Susan Bryant, is located in Talladega and has a history of award-winning wines.
For more information call them at 256-268-2638.
Morgan Creek Vineyards is a state of the art facility located in Harpersville and owned by Charles and Mary Brammer. They feature nine different wines from a dry muscadine to a sweet blueberry. They have an annual “Grape Stomp” in September.
For more information: www.morgancreekwinery.com
Vizzini Farms Winery is located in Calera and operated by Tom and Deborah Vizzini who are second generation winemakers. They produce a variety of wines including merlot, sangiovese, viognier, chardonnay, pinot grigio, cavernet sauvignon, peach dessert wine, apple riesling and black raspberry merlot.
They have a gift shop, winery and restaurant and for more information: www.vizzinifarmswinery.com
The Ozan Vineyward is a great travel stop along Interstate 65 in Calera and offers hand-crafted barrel aged wines including cabernet, merlot, chardonnay and Native American wines such as Norton, muscadine and Chilton County Peach.
For more information contact the Patrick Family at: www.ozanwine.com
Whippoorwill Vineyards is a family owned, Tim Watkins, winery in Notasulga. For more information call them at 334-401-9246.
Perdido Vineyards in Perdido is the state’s first farm winery specializing in muscadine table wines. You can contact Jim and Marianne Eddins at: www.perdidovineyards.com
For more infomation on wineries in Alabama: www.800Alabama.travel
Workers at Fruithurst Winery in Fruithurst harvest muscadines with a tractor pulled device. The muscadines are then taken to the winery for processing into juice
Morgan Creek Vineyards
An promotion on Morgan Creek Vineyards, www.morgancreekwinery.com, ask visitors to come and “make a day of it” and enjoy what they have to offer and sample their wines.
Beautiful green vines run to distant forests at Bryant Vineyards on 1454 Griffitt Bend Road, Talladega. Bryant Vineyard strives “to produce only the finest wines.”
Beautiful, lucious muscadines fill the vines at Whippoorwill Vineyards on 4282 County Road 31, Notasulga. The winery has a 12-acre vineyard.