For me, my enjoyment of wine comes a close 2nd to my love of coffee. It’s 2nd simply because if I indulged in wine as much as I did coffee, well, most of my photographs would be crooked and out of focus. This week, Danielle, the editor of Cary Magazine and myself traveled from Raleigh to the Horizon Cellars winery in Siler City, NC this afternoon. The owner, Guy, gave us the $10 tour of the grounds and the winemaking process. I had been on wine tours previously in Napa but this was unlimited access to both the winemaker, his wine cellar and a sneak peek at the process of wine making. This made for a great Wine Photography session as I have unrestricted access to the cellars, the wine press and the showroom. The entire trip was such a treat for the senses. From being in the middle of the grape vines with no other sound then the wind blowing to the smell of freshly picked grapes fermenting in the cellar, the trip was well worth it.
I did chew into the Horizon Cellars Winery Cabernet Sauvignon while I was there and ended up walking out with two bottles. I highly recommend taking a trip out there to enjoy the countryside, enjoy a wine tasting and really soak up the atmosphere. I really can’t say enough good things about the wine country in NC. Even though we were in a drought, the country side was gorgeous and I am looking forward to going back in the near future for additional sampling. Here’s a photo of their beautiful wine cellar: