History of Dobbins Creek

Dobbins Creek Vineyards is located on Hemric Mountain in the heart of the beautiful Swan Creek AVA and enjoys an elevation around 1380 feet.  The vineyard property was purchased in 1948 by my father, Isom King as a farm for growing tobacco.  Throughout the 1950’s the King family grew tobacco on the exact location where the grapes are planted today.  In those days, the area surrounding the vineyard was very remote and isolated and the locals referred to it as “Ramcat”.  The mountain that can be seen from the tasting room deck looking to the back of the vineyard was considered the center point of Ramcat.   In the 1960’s with tobacco production slowing down, the farm was reverted to pastureland and remained that way until I converted it to a vineyard in 2002.

Dobbins Creek Vineyards gets its name from a large spring that originates on the property (just down the hill from the tasting room).  This spring is part of the headwaters of Dobbins Creek which flows south and west for a few miles before merging with Buck Shoals Creek.

The first vines were planted in the spring of 2002, with additional plantings in 2003, 2004.  In 2006, I decided to build a tasting room on my original tract of the family property. We broke ground in August 2006 taking a year and a half to complete the structure.  Some of the significant challenges was building a new road and digging a 10 foot deep basement in layer after layer of rock. We picked the specific spot for the tasting room because it provided us with the best views we could find. On most clear days you can see the buildings of Winston Salem about 43 miles to the east. On a very clear day you can see the top of Grandfather Mountain about 73 miles to the west, and on all days you can enjoy the view of the vineyard and beyond looking south.
The Building is 1920 square feet with a full basement, and a 600 square foot covered front porch. It is built out of German style cut logs with no chinking, logs are held together with 15 inch lag bolts every 2 feet. The floor is mill run Hickory and the fireplace and all of the outside underpinnings are covered in Mojova stone quarried outside of Morganton NC. One unique feature of the tasting room is the wine bar covered in 100 year old wild Cherry harvested from the property.

Charles

Charles King, Owner

Charles King
Charles KingOwner

 

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