We’ve had much talk about great food in North Carolina at the State Fair. We now celebrate winning wines. The N.C. State Fair announces winners in the annual wine competition and Chatham’s newest winery and distillery, Fair Game Beverage Company, was awarded a Silver medal for their Ferris Red port style wine. “We entered the competition feeling hopeful, we’ve already had a great response from triangle Chefs and folks coming to our tasting room, but to win silver against 20 other wines is very satisfying,” head distiller Chris Jude said.
Ferris Red is a blend of Haw River Valley wines, and is fortified to 18% alcohol like a traditional port. “We make a brandy from local Scuppernong to fortify the wine, and then age the wine in Bourbon Oak barrels, which gives them their unique flavor,” Chris explains. Fair Game offers four different fortified wines, and will be releasing their first liquors in the early spring 2015. Their liquors will include a Chatham County grown Sorghum Cane Spirit, as well as an Apple Brandy and an Amber Rum.
Another winner is Chatham County’s first winery, SilkHope Winery. Situated on one of the highest points in rural Chatham County, SilkHope Winery is a small, family-owned winery. The views are idyllic for winery guests and the vineyard location is just over 700 feet in elevation, a prime location for the cultivation of grapes. SilkHope Winery is part of the award-winning wineries on the Heart of North Carolina Wine Trail. SilkHope Winery’s 2.5 acre vineyard yields Chambourcin, Cabernet Franc, Norton, Vidal Blanc, and Traminette grapes. The winery, owned by Wally Butler, was awarded a Gold medal for their entry, Haw River Valley 2012 Vineyard Brothers Satisfied.
Visit and explore our diverse wineries for tours and tastings. Make a weekend of it and stay at one of our hotels or one of the bed & breakfast inns on the Heart of North Carolina Bed & Breakfast Trail.