Sunday, October 18, 2015

Jolo Winery & Vineyards Review - Pilot Mountain, NC

219 Jolo Winery Lane
Pilot Mountain, NC  27041
(336) 614-0030

Exterior View

View of Pilot Mountain, Pond on the Left

 Dining Room - Right Side

Dining Room - left side

Hubby & I visited Jolo Winery & Vineyards today, Sunday, around 3:30 pm. Fortunately, there are plenty of signs from the US-52 highway to the doorstep of this vineyard unlike some of their competition. So if you are traveling through North Carolina, be sure to take a rest stop at this vineyard! It's only a couple miles from the highway. If you live in the area, you owe it to yourself to visit soon.

Upon arrival there were wedding chairs and other leftovers from the wedding the previous day. What a wonderful location for a wedding. At first glance, the building reminded me of many I saw in Switzerland. The pretty a-frame style is popular in Switzerland since the snow will slide off the roof, but don't expect snow at this location. Maybe you'll see snow in January or February, but rarely. Instead you will have a beautiful view of Pilot Mountain as shown in one of the above photos. Entering inside you see a grand stone fireplace on the right and on the left rows off their wine in a lovely wood storage case. Beside that are regal burgundy leather chairs. Looking up you can't miss the wonderful crystal chandeliers and the room is filled with light due to the skylights. Walk further in and you'll notice their wine bar and kitchen. This is where they do the wine tastings and cook the food for the restaurant. To your left you can see the entrance to their restaurant. At the bar for $7 they serve a sample of five wines. For $15 they serve several more and give you a souvenir wine glass to take home. We decided to try the $7 tasting. The ladies serving the wine samples are very hospitable and we had a very pleasant, relaxing experience. They weren't in a rush at all and were extremely knowledgeable and informative. We both really enjoyed all of the samples, but a white wine called Grey Ghost was our favorite which was surprising since we normally drink red wine. It had the perfect sweetness and a very strong apple and pear flavor. This winery is very young, it only opened a couple of years ago. Due to their youth very little of their wine is from their vineyard, but they are all from North Carolina. Prices for their bottles of wine start at $22 unless you join their wine club which gives you 25% off. After your wine tasting, I recommend going outside to enjoy the view of Pilot Mountain with a glass of wine. I chose Grey Ghost and it was $7. The most popular drink when we were there was their sangria and that was $10. Their restaurant called End Posts features a very cozy, intimate dining area with seating for less than thirty people. Reservations are highly recommended and we plan to visit for dinner soon. They were starting to cook the dinner for that night and the smells were incredible and were making me hungry.

I highly recommend a visit to Jolo Winery & Vineyards, so what are you waiting for? Do you have any recommendations for other wineries in the area? If so, please comment below. Stay tuned for reviews of Raffaldini & Round Peak vineyards soon. Before you go, feel free to browse around my blog. I suggest starting with my restaurant reviews and then moving on to the food subscription box reviews.

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