Whether you call it sweet home Alabama, or you’re just visiting this lovely state, the wine scene here is growing and gaining interest from many in the wine world…for good reason.
The wines of Alabama are predominantly made from Muscadine, the state’s only native grape. Other commonly produced wines here include Cabernets, Chardonnay, Merlot, and hybrid grapes such as Chambourcin. The wines in Alabama don’t just stop at grapes, though. Stone fruits such as peaches and berries are often used to make excellent wines as well.
The center of viticulture takes place just North of Birmingham on more elevated-land. This cooler climate helps the vines beat the heat and humidity found in more Southern parts of state. Come along the Alabama Wine Trail with us as we share the top 10 wineries in the state…
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1. Lake Point Vineyard & Winery
CW Score: 92.4
Address: 674 Lake Point Dr Mathews, AL 36052
Overview: Open on weekends for tastings from noon to 6pm, this beautiful winery and fruit farm is just the place to unwind with a glass (or two) of sheer delight. There’s a good chance you’ll meet the owners, Rita and Daniel Lewis, as they do all of the growing, winemaking, bottling, labeling, and tastings themselves.
Indulge in over 15 different fruit wines. Just don’t forget to taste their award winning pear and honey wines as well!
2. High Country Cellars
CW Score: 92.2
Address: 849 Almon St Heflin, AL 36264
Overview: Located in the shadow of Mount Cheaha an hour from Birmingham and Atlanta, this winery is known for making custom wines that can’t be found anywhere else! The team at High Country Cellars strives to be the premier wine producer of East Alabama with a very wide range of fruit wines.
Here, it’s easy to find something for everyone to enjoy, whether that’s sweet, smoky, or fruity…the list goes on and on! Open everyday except Sunday, be sure to come with an open palate, especially when tasting their unique Charred Peach or Jalepeno Pepper wines.
3. Wills Creek Winery
CW Score: 86.7
Address: 10522 Duck Springs Rd Attalla, AL 35954
Overview: Nestled in the Appalachian foothills of Big Wills Valley, this serene winery is a must. The views of the vineyards, mountains, and the natural spring-fed pond are a perfect pairing to the wonderful Muscadine, Vinifera, and fruit wines produced here.
The winery holds a winemaking class every first Saturday of the month for those of you who are interested in making your very own wines. The best part? The class is free!
4. Fruithurst Winery Co.
CW Score: 84.2
Address: 27091 Co Rd 49 Fruithurst, AL 36262
Overview: This little winery, run by two cousins, specializes in Muscadine and fruit wines. The town of Fruithurst had a very rich winemaking history, until the last of their prominent wineries closed during Prohibition in 1919.
Fruithurst Winery Co. is bringing some of that winemaking history to life with exquisitely divine wines. The combination of geology, soils, and climate helps to produce perfectly ripe grapes and fruits, turned into even better wines.
5. South Ridge Wine
CW Score: 83.9
Address: 3297 Live Oak Rd Luverne, AL 36049
Overview: South Ridge Wine is a family-owned winery that focuses on producing true quality Alabama wines. All grapes are hand-harvested, with varieties such as Muscadine, Lenoir, and several other fruits.
The tasting room is only open on Saturdays, but definitely worth the wait to taste the winery’s selection of red, white, and fruit wines while overlooking the gorgeous surrounding landscape.
6. Whippoorwill Vineyards
CW Score: 81.5
Address: 4282 Co Rd 31 Notasulga, AL 36866
Overview: Everything is done by hand at this family owned and operated winery…from harvesting to boxing up each bottle. The breathtaking scenery is another reason to visit this hidden, little gem.
The wines are made from 100% Muscadines and Scuppernongs (a larger, white variety of Muscadine) made in 4 styles; sweet, semi-sweet, semi-dry, and dry. The authentically Southern combination of hospitality, wines, and ambience that this winery offers is truly something special.
7. Jules J Berta Vineyards
CW Score: 79.8
Address: 1409 Darden Ave Albertville, AL 35951
Overview: Winning Alabama’s winery of the year more than once, this winery was the first to grow Vitis Vinifera varietals such as Cabernet, Merlot, Petit Syrah, and Sylvaner in the state! The vineyard sits at an elevation of over 1,100 feet, also making it the highest in the state.
All of the wines are hand-harvested and made with the utmost care, but we highly recommend tasting their signature Sylvaner wine. Don’t forget to grab a wood-fired oven pizza at the winery while you’re at it!
8. Junavelli Winery
CW Score: 77.7
Address: 357 Gum Tree Ln Brewton, AL 36426
Overview: Junavelli Winery began as an experiment when the winemaker, Roger, started making blueberry wine as a hobby in his garage. After perfecting his wine, and plenty of convincing reactions, Roger decided to take his “hobby” to the next level and open up Junavelli Winery in 2018.
Some more of his popular wines include strawberry, blackberry, and Muscadine grapes. We highly recommend trying these award-winning wines with small town roots.
9. Morgan Creek Vineyards
CW Score: 74.1
Address: 181 Morgan Creek Ln Harpersville, AL 35078
Overview: Starting out as a casual chat about dabbling in winemaking between a father and son, Morgan Creek Vineyards is now selling wine in over 400 stores around the state. Focused on making wines from native grapes and fruits, the Brammer family attributes their great success to the special niche that Alabama wines have obtained.
Only a 45 minute or so drive from Birmingham, this Alabama treasure is well-worth a visit to taste several wines, sit-back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful vineyards and scenery that it has to offer.
10. Maraella Vineyards & Winery
CW Score: 73.8
Address: 5296 Old US Hwy 278 East Hokes Bluff, AL 35903
Overview: Founded in 2005 by Jim Lee, Maraella is a wonderful example of an Alabama winery growing classic wine grapes in an unconventional environment (with incredible results).
The vineyard features 3+ acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, and the Maraella team also purchases additional fruit to create other wines. You might find blueberry, muscadine, or even a port wine available during your visit. Beyond the award-winning wines, you can also shop for other goodies, like their selection of gourmet wine jellies.
Finally, the tasting room is open Sunday-Wednesday (by request/appointment) and open to the public for walk-in visits Thursday-Saturday. The tasting room features covered outdoor space with TVs to kick back, relax, and enjoy some lovely Alabama wine.
Plan Your Wine Tasting in Alabama
With these remarkable wineries in mind, it’s time to start planning your visit. Refer to our map of Alabama’s top wineries below. Then, take advantage of fantastic offers and deals on travel and accompanying activities to make your trip truly unforgettable.
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