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About us

Bald Head RedCreated by entrepreneur Tom Burgiss, a retired pharmacist, Thistle Meadow Winery is in its 17th year of operation. Still a small, family run business, the winery produces about 2500 cases of wine each year. The wine is available from the tasting room as well as select local restaurants and retail stores:

We do not ship our wines. Our aim is to have our guests come by for a visit, a tasting, and wonderful, relaxing experience here in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Just recently, we were ranked third among North Carolina wineries by the South Eastern Winery Review and scored a perfect "10" in friendliness. We invite you to come to our winery, enjoy our fine wines and experience firsthand just how friendly we are. Our motto is, "Try before you buy!"

Located in one of the luscious valleys of Laurel Springs in Alleghany County, Thistle Meadow Winery has some 60 varieties of wines available year around. Wines are made in small batches which allows for blending the complex flavors of the many grapes used from all over the world. Of course the winery welcomes visitors anytime during the year, but our favorite seasons are late spring, summer, and fall. However, there are many blustery days during the winter months when there is nothing better to do than come visit us and taste our wines. We encourage folks to come and taste the difference.

In our gift shop, we pride ourselves on unusual wine-related items, not found in most winery gift shops. The gift shop is connected to the winery and is full of books, wine-related knickknacks, and some surprises for those who enjoy wine and its many facets. In addition to the delicious variety of wines offered, we can even host your outdoor wedding in the meadow next to the winery.

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