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Fruithurst Winery, Fruithurst AL

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

A couple of weeks ago, we visited the new Fruithurst Winery in Fruithurst, Alabama (that first post is here). It's really nice...not at all faux-California...just very comfortable and rustic in the very best way:


The idea of resurrecting Fruithurst as a wine-making community came about with two of the Laminack cousins, Joshua and Dylan - one running the business and the other acting as "enologist" making the wine. They now have a 15 acre vineyard of 3500 Carlos and Noble varieties of muscadines.
Each of the rows is 300 feet long and that is to minimize the damage if there were to be a lightning strike. I would have never thought of that, but they said it is one of the two leading causes of vine death.

They told Av that the farm has been in their family for over 100 years and they used to farm corn and cattle before they converted to muscadines. The winery has only been open for people to visit a little over four months now.

One of their displays is this Capital Stock certificate for $5000 issued for one share of the original Fruithurst Vineyard Product Company dated in November of 1897:

They were just *so* nice to visit with. Av bought two bottles, one each of the red and white muscadine (he opened one Friday evening with supper and said it was very good).
They plan to have other flavors available soon, including peach, blueberry, and strawberry. Can't wait!

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