Waldensian Heritage Wines
(Formerly Villar Vintners of Valdese)
4940 Villar Lane NE
Valdese, NC 28690 (WESTERN REGION - NC)
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Waldensian Heritage Wines participates in the North
Carolina Wine Festival at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, NC. The images
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Saturday, August 13, 2005, 10a.m. to
6p.m. - Annual Waldensian Festival -
Come to Valdese and help celebrate our Waldensian Heritage.
Special hours, open at 10a.m., snacks available. Bocce (lawn
bowling) throughout the day.
Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 1:00p.m. -
6:00p.m. Conducted tour followed by free wine tasting during open
hours. Groups on other days by appointment only.
The winery is available for parties, meetings,
reunions, wedding events, or any scheduled gathering of friends.
Cater your next event at the winery by calling us at the number above.
FROM HICKORY: Interstate 40 West for 20 miles to exit
112 (Valdese). North on Eldred St (turns into North Laurel St) for 2.4
miles to left on Villar Lane. Waldensian Heritage Wines is immediately on your left.
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Heritage Burgundy Valdese - our totally dry red
wine as originally made by our first generation Waldensians. Made
from bunch grapes with a lingering aroma of grapes at harvest time.
Best served at room temperature, excellent with red meat, game, and pasta.
Burgundy Valdese - our biggest seller, with only a small residual
amount of sugar. Served at room temperature, it has an excellent
bouquet of the grape, an inborn fruitiness and a light burgundy
flavor. Great for sipping or with the same foods as the Heritage
Villar Rouge Sweet - a sweet wine that maintains the quality of the
Burgundy Valdese, with extra sugar to please the taste buds of the
Southern Ladies and Gentlemen. Enjoy as a dessert or after dinner
wine, and best served at room temperature or slightly chilled.
Blanc Royale - represents our traditional white wine, made from a
blend of choice white grapes. This semi-dry wine has a well balanced
bouquet and a delicate fruity flavor. An excellent choice with
appetizers, seafood, or poultry. Serve slightly chilled with a
Waldensian White Sweet - a sweet blend with an artful approach to
blending American and hybrid grapes to produce a soft white wine that can
be enjoyed before, during or after dinner. Truly an "all
occasion wine" loved by the Southern Ladies when served slightly
Blush Regal - a delightfully pleasant, medium dry wine produced
from a blue grape by limiting the contact between the juice and the grape
skins, thus giving the wine its pink color. Great as a summer sipper,
an appetite stimulant, and an excellent complement to any meal. Best
served slightly chilled.
Piedmont Rose - a blend of two white wine and a percentage of our
red wine. Blended for our customers who prefer a sweet wine that
still maintains its fruitiness and delicate bouquet. Best served
Millenium Deux - a unique wine made by blending all the wines used
at Waldensian Heritage Wines. Semi-sweet, has an excellent bouquet
and fruity flavor. Sipping it reminds one of memories gone by and
memories to come. Best served slightly chilled.
Waldensian Heritage Wines was a dream of second and
third generation descendants of the Waldensian settlers who arrived in
Valdese, North Carolina located in The "Land of Burke County in
Western North Carolina." From the various wine cellars of the
initial inhabitants of Valdese came five Waldensian descendants determined
to maintain the heritage of wine making as a family tradition. This
progressed into a needed business of Valdese, reflecting their own
individual preferences for good wines at reasonable cost.
The tradition of Waldensian wine making began
centuries ago in the Cottian Alps, west of Torino, Italy and the Western
Piedmont of Italy. This was comparable to Valdese, North Carolina,
the Western Piedmont of North Carolina. The wine-making skills of
these Waldensian people are now preserved by Waldensian Heritage Wines and
reflect a combined 250 years experience in the making of wine.
The winery, constructed in 1930 of local field
rock and timbers, is a 4,000 square foot building exemplifying life in the
1930s and a look at the manual operation of producing quality wines by
using old world technologies, coupled with some modern equipment and
innovations that produce wines that have a true taste of the grape.
Much of the wine operation is a manual process
continuing year round from crushing the grapes, fermenting, filtering,
blending, bottling and labeling. No wine is bottled from bulk
storage until there is a need or sold until it has at least one year of
aging. The motto of Waldensian Heritage Wines is, "LIFE IS
SHORT - DRINK GOOD WINE."
The winery has available a presentation vineyard
and an outside covered "Boccia" (lawn bowling) court with an
adjacent covered seating area.
GIFT SHOP: Visit our gift shop. We have gift
certificates, wine racks, bottle stoppers and many other items.
SHIPPING: Pending legislative changes, we cannot
currently ship our wine.
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