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Frequently asked questions at our winery

Listed below are some of the most popular "frequently asked questions" our visitors have asked in the past. The questions are organized by topic. To see the answer, just click on the appropriate question.

Winery Tours | Buying Wine
Local Attractions and Accommodations
Festivals and Events

Winery Tours

Buying Wine

Local Attractions and Accommodations

Festivals and Events

 

Winery Tours

How long does a tour generally take?
A tour of Thistle Meadow Winery will take approximately 45 minutes, which includes time for tasting. Of course, if you taste several wines or have lots of questions, it may take a little longer. We've actually had folks stay after their tour of the winery and help bottle!

Is the winery handicapped accessible?
Persons with wheelchairs may use the rear entrance, which is level with the ground. Certain portions of the winery may be a tight fit, but everyone enjoys the experience. Handicapped bathrooms are available in the Burgiss Barn, which is next door to the winery.

If only some of our group wants to do the tour, is there something for the others to do?
Of course! Depending upon the time of your visit and the energy of the rest of your party, here are some things they might do to occupy their time:

  • Play a game of bocce on our custom bocce court
  • Take a short hike into the woods - see if you can find some wild turkey or whitetail deer.
  • Play a game of cornhole
  • Go to downtown Laurel Springs and meet Linda Woody (what a trip!)
  • Visit Freebornes for a bite to eat and look at all the motorcycles

What hours is the winery open?
From April 1 through October 31, Thistle Meadow Winery is open from 12:00 - 5:00 PM Monday-Saturday, and 2:00 - 4:00 PM on Sundays.

During winter (November 1 - March 31), weather permitting, we are open from 12:00 - 4:00 PM Monday-Saturday. Please call ahead to ensure we are open due to mountain weather conditions. We are closed on Sundays during the winter season.

We are closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Do you have a brochure?
Yes - you can easily download a PDF version of our brochure.

How do I get to the winery?
It's easy to get to Thistle Meadow Winery... just look at our map and follow the easy driving directions. We're just an hour and a half from the Triad, an hour from Boone, and two hours from Charlotte.

What hours are wine tastings available? Can I come at any time or is there a set schedule?
Unless a bus tour has been scheduled, wine tastings are available anytime during normal operating hours (see our hours above); we request you arrive at least 45 minutes prior to closing to allow time for your tour of the winery. To be sure that your visit won't collide with a bus tour, feel free to give us a ring at 800-233-1505.

Is there a restaurant at the winery?
No restaurant per se, but you can provide a catered meal for your small group of friends with prior arrangement.

Do you serve food with the wine tasting?
Yes, crackers are available to help you cleanse your palate between wine tastings.

How many wines can we taste during a visit to the winery?
Each person will be offered the opportunity to taste 5 or 6 wines during a visit.

How large a group can you handle for a tour? Is bus parking available?
We can handle a small bus load (30-35 people) at one time, but no more than that. Bus parking is readily available... you have the whole meadow to turn around in! Bus or van tours MUST be scheduled in advance. Please use our contact form to request a group tour.

Can I have a private party at the winery?
Most definitely! Check out our services page to learn more, or you can request more information via our online form.

 

Buying Wine

What types of wine do you sell?
Gosh! We produce over 60 varieties of wine, including reds, whites, and blushes - ranging from sweet to dry. Because of this variety, you're sure to find a wine that you really love.

Is there a limit on how much wine I can purchase at one time?
Unless you have a special purchase-transportation permit, you can transport no more than 20 liters (just over 26 - 750 ml bottles) of wine in your vehicle. In case you're curious, a case of wine (12 - 750 ml bottles) represents 9 liters.

How much does your wine cost?
Most of our wines are in the $12.00 to $21.00 range (per bottle). You can also opt to purchase wine by the glass and enjoy it on the porch.

Do you take credit cards? Which ones? What about personal checks?
We accept all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. We also accept personal or travelers checks with proper identification.

Do you offer discounts on case purchases?
We offer a 10% discount on case purchases (12 bottles). Mix 'n match is OK!

Can I buy wine online or over the phone and have it shipped to me?
At the moment, we only sell wine at our winery or during wine festivals and tastings - mainly because we are concerned about breakage enroute, bottle shock, difficulty in verifying the purchaser's age, and the cost of shipping. If you live near Kernersville or Mooresville, NC check out our wine stores there.

Are your wines available to restaurants, retailers, or wholesalers?
Absolutely. If you're interested in carrying any Thistle Meadow wines, please fill out our distributor / retailer online form.

What types of ABC licenses do you carry?
We have licenses that allow us to conduct sales on and off premises, to conduct tastings, and to participate in winery special events.

 

Local Attractions and Accommodations

What other attractions are nearby for tourists to see?
Here's a short list of neat places to visit:

Is there anywhere to stay overnight near the winery?
Alleghany County is blessed with several local bed and breakfasts and a nice hotel in the county seat.

 

Festivals and Events

Does your winery participate in wine festivals?
We participate in at least 8 to 10 festivals per year, including the annual NC Wine Festival, held each summer at Tanglewood Park near Clemmons, NC.

For a complete list of festivals we're attending this year, please see our events page.

We are always on the lookout for other NC wine festivals. If you know of one, let us know.

Do you ever sponsor special events at your winery?
Sure. Among other things, we offer our BIG annual wine tasting celebration (the first Sunday in October) and sometimes offer catered 5-course wine tasting meals. Take a look at our winery events page to see the full schedule.