The farm where Adams Vineyards was planted has been in the family since the mid 1700’s. A portion of the estate was a land grant from the King of England. A total of 9 generations have farmed and lived on this land. The house on our label is the “Adams Homeplace” and is over 110 years old. To date, all four generations of John Q. Adams’ have lived there.
When the tobacco program changed, John Quincy Adams, III and his wife, Joyce decided to start a vineyard. Since Muscadine grapes are native to this area and are very healthy for you, being high in resveratrol, the first grapes were planted in February 2006. We now have about 8 acres, including pick-your-own and fresh market grapes. We were the first and now one of only two family-owned vineyards and winery in the triangle to grow the grapes and produce on site wine, known as estate or reserve wines. We like to showcase the open country setting, southern atmosphere and hospitality to our visitors and friends.
In September of 2008, we opened our winery. John made the wine until October 2010 when he passed away very unexpectedly. Our son, Quincy has stepped up to the “wine vat” and is doing a superb job making the wine and taking care of vineyards along with keeping a full time job. The love of farming and being outdoors taking care of the land and nature is what he likes most. Quincy also teaches adult education classes in viticulture at Wake Technical Community College and Johnston Community College. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in Natural Recourses and Agriculture. Quincy previously owned and operated a pick-your-own strawberry farm and a fresh market/ roadside stand with fruit and vegetables.
Luckily, Joyce knew enough about the business to continue. She had done the tastings, kept up with getting the new permits, all the permit renewals, filing and paying taxes. Along with the long list of things she does, Joyce also makes jams and jellies that are sold in the winery. Currently she offers 10 different varieties with her apricot hot pepper jelly and mango hot pepper jelly leading the pack in popularity, yummy!!
Adams Vineyards has a banquet room available where Joyce is in charge of scheduling events. This room can be rented for weddings, wedding receptions, corporate parties, class reunions, family reunions, showers, bus tours, meeting, etc.. We also do many festivals and wine tasting events, locally and across the state. We also have wine and cheese pairings or wine and chocolate pairings monthly unless we have another major event. We do have some part time help along with family and friends who are priceless.
We now have 10 wines: (Dry) Ellis Red, White Spring,
(Semi -Sweet) Matthew Red, Papa Johnny’s White Bliss, Blush Plantation,
(Sweet) Willow White, Revolution Red
(Fruit) Peach, Apple, Sweet blackberry
We have WINE FREEZERS, GREAT FOR THIS HOT WEATHER,
Margarita, Mojito, Sangria, peach, strawberry, and sugar free Margarita, and Mojito.
We will soon be releasing 4 new wines. Look for us soon in restaurants and wine speciality shops.