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Property Highlights:
Property is: For Sale
Property Size: 3400-4000 sq.ft., 31+ acres
Planted: 5.8 acres
Varietal(s): viognier, chardonnay, merlot, riesling, pinot gris, cabernet franc, mourvedre and syrah
Property Description:
Incredibly beautiful vineyard estate, 20 minutes from Winston-Salem, NC, in prestigious Yadkin Valley AVA*. Now at a price well below the estimated asset value!

-31+ acres in Stokes County, NC
-5.8 acres in full production, 8 varietals
-9+ additional plantable acres
-Sites for winery and/or tasting/sales room
-Equipment, tools and outbuildings included
-Beautiful open-floor plan, craftsman-style home

Priced below estimated asset value, this property has so much extra to offer – amazing mountain views, a fantastic location and exciting profit potential.

Owner will consider some seller financing for a qualified buyer. This well-established, solidly run vineyard is ready for the right buyer to take it to the next level – producing and selling award-winning wines – or simply enjoy as a beautiful home and vineyard.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to own a conveniently located, picturesque country estate while taking advantage of one of North Carolina’s fastest-growing industries.

The custom-designed, 3-bedroom, 3½-bath home features an open floor plan that takes advantage of a stunning view of Pilot Mountain, one of the state’s best-known natural landmarks. The home features a full daylight lower level also with views of Pilot Mountain, a large heated pool with expansive deck that’s perfect for entertaining, professional landscaping and a small orchard.

The location of the property makes it ideal as a residence and for a prospective winery – less than 5 minutes to U.S. 52 (future I-74), 5 minutes to Pilot Mountain State Park, 20 minutes to Winston-Salem, 45 minutes to Piedmont Triad International Airport, and 40 minutes to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The current vineyard totals 5.8 acres. Varietals planted are viognier, chardonnay, merlot, Riesling, pinot gris, cabernet franc, mourvedre and syrah. Production has averaged 28 tons/year for the past three years. The grapes are consistently of high quality and produce award-winning wines. An additional 9-10 acres are plantable, and the property contains three excellent sites for a winery and/or tasting room, as well as other home sites. The orchard produces apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, cherries and apricots, with blueberry bushes and raspberry vines also on the property. Utility outbuildings include an office with bathroom/shower and its own septic field.

This is a solidly established, well-managed, turnkey small farm with loads of additional potential. (Note that an additional 20 acres adjoining this property are for sale by another owner and would make an excellent expansion.)

*Officially designated American Viticultural Area, the first in the state.

Near the foot of Pilot Mountain, the entrance drive from Bradley Road winds through woods and vineyards, up a gentle slope to the house. The modern home is optimally sited for its beautiful, peaceful setting with complete privacy and a perfect view of Pilot Mountain and the distant Blue Ridge to the northwest. The sunsets and starlit nighttime skies are spectacular.

Features of the home include:
-An open design that takes full advantage of the view, with large custom-designed windows and french doors from every fronting room onto the wide, full-length deck
-Great room with vaulted ceiling and artfully crafted built-ins and fireplace mantel
-Fireplace tiles that were specially made by a Brevard, N.C., artist for this home
German-glass-front cabinet doors
-Leaded glass front door
-Hardwood floors throughout main level
-Main-level master suite with two walk-in closets
-Pool that’s big enough for exercise, with spacious patio for entertaining
-Low-maintenance exterior of stone and HardiePlank
-Oversized double-bay garage with windows
-Floor plan that could also serve as a B&B

Large gourmet kitchen includes:
-Granite countertops
-KitchenAid appliances
-Cooking island with five-burner stove and pendulum lighting
-Tile backsplash with deco tile accents
-German-glass-front cabinet doors
-Wall oven, built-in microwave, and dishwasher
-Built-in wine rack, built-in desk
-Roomy breakfast area with view

The owners of this amazing property, both scientists, have family histories that include produce farming and an interest in wine. Those backgrounds converged in the 1990s after a visit to West Bend Vineyards, the state’s first vineyard/winery for European wine grapes, piqued their interest. Based on North Carolina’s longstanding heritage and success in wine production dating to the 1800’s, they began to look at possible locations for a vineyard.

With several sites under consideration, they consulted a Virginia state horticulturalist and a N.C. State University soil scientist, and determined that the 31-acre site near Pinnacle would be excellent for growing vinifera wine grapes.

They worked with an agricultural extension agent to determine the best orientation to maximize production and minimize soil erosion. They then hired an expert viticulturist to help select and plant the first 3½ acres of vines in 1996, and the first harvests began three years later. In the early 2000s, with five to six years of experience behind them, they planted an additional 2+ acres.

Having established the vineyard, the owners felt the lure of living in this serene country setting outside the workaday bustle of the city. They designed and built a prairie-style craftsman home that both reflected the character of the land and also provided all the amenities they had wanted in a residence. The home was completed in 2006.

Current plantings are:
-1.9 acres viognier, vertically shoot positioned (VSP), single canopy
-1.2 acres chardonnay on open lyre (double canopy with higher production) and VSP
-1.5 acre merlot on open lyre
-0.2 acre Riesling (VSP)
-0.3 acre pinot gris (some open lyre and some VSP)
-0.4 acre cabernet franc open lyre
-0.1 acre mourvedre on open lyre
-0.1 acre syrah on open lyre

Total production has averaged 28 tons/year for the past three years.

Currently, all production is sold to outside wineries. With Pilot Mountain Vineyards’ solid reputation, this could certainly continue. However, possible new business models include: (1) paying an outside custom-crush facility (about 40 minutes away) to produce and bottle Pilot Mountain Vineyards wines, which could be sold in a tasting room on the property or through other retail outlets; (2) establishing a full-scale winery on one of three ideal sites on the property, with subsequent sale of the wines.

The success of the vineyard is evidence of its near-perfect growing conditions:
-Excellent soil composition for growing grapes
-Highly effective water and air drainage due to the rolling hills on which the vineyard is established. These air flow patterns have minimized late-frost damage. Some nearby vineyards have incurred heavier losses from late frost.
-Very good climate and rainfall levels. Permanent irrigation has never been needed.
-Excellent canopy management practices and a rigorous spray program have minimized loss from disease.

-Less than 5 minutes to U.S. 52 (future I-74)
-20 minutes to Winston-Salem
-45 minutes to Piedmont Triad International Airport
-30 minutes to Surry Community College’s Viticulture & Enology program, whose graduates supply the workforce in the region’s burgeoning wine industry
-5 minutes to Pilot Mountain State Park, the state’s most-visited state park, and 30-40 minutes to Hanging Rock State Park and Sauratown Mountain, which can be viewed from the home and the eastern elevation of the property
-40 minutes to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Blue Ridge Music Center in Virginia

This area’s grape growing and wine making industry has grown steadily over the past decade. The Yadkin Valley AVA, located in the western Piedmont and foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, includes all or part of seven counties where several annual wine festivals are held. The AVA designation allows use of the “Yadkin Valley” appellation on bottled wines.

Because people exploring wineries often visit several during a day, Pilot Mountain Vineyards’ location is excellent for a new tasting room or winery. There are now 35 wineries, most with tasting rooms, within 50 miles of this property.

Orchard: adjacent to the house, includes several apple varieties, pears, peaches, nectarines, cherries and apricots; established blueberry bushes and raspberry vines also on the property

-Three-stall open shed for equipment storage, and adjoining office with bath/shower and its own septic field
-High-ceiling, two-stall metal building for work area, equipment and storage
-Small metal building for chemical storage
-Gravel drive and parking pad

Equipment: All machinery and equipment to operate the vineyard is included in the sale price

Water: Well and two streams that can support irrigation

Building sites: Three cleared building sites, and 9-10 additional cleared, plantable acres

Possible Expansion: Property could be expanded to the adjoining 20 acres on Bradley Road, now for sale by another owner.

Additional Access: Possible easement to High Bridge Road, to create additional access for winery or tasting room
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Property Location:
Address 1162 Bradley Road
City Pinnacle
County Stokes
State/Prov. North Carolina
Postal Code 27043
Country United States
Contact Information:
Peggy Gheesling
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