Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Grey Ghost Vineyards and Cache

When you visit Grey Ghost Vineyards, you get to experience a wonderful Southern hospitality atmosphere and some very delicious wines. Grey Ghost is family owned and run. Their first vines were planted in 1986, and their first wines were made public in 1994.

Dan and I were warmly greeted when we stopped in at Grey Ghost Vineyards this past Saturday. We had a great time talking to our server about all the wines and history of the vineyard. She knew every answer to our questions. It was quite impressive. :)

Like many vineyards, Grey Ghost offers a variety of red and white wines; however, they only use their own grapes when making the wine. I am not usually a fan of Chardonnay, but I really enjoyed Grey Ghosts use of the grape. They had three separate wines made from their Chardonnay grapes: Chardonnay, Reserve Chardonnay, and Victorian White. While all three were tasty, I was a big fan of the Victorian White.

As we worked our way through the reds, our taster kept raving about their Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. It was not a part of the tasting that day, but Dan and I were able to persuade her to open a bottle for us to try. It had a very nice finish, and Dan said it was one of his favorites of the day.

After our tasting, Dan and I wandered the lounge area and grounds. There are lots of great historical displays, including a flag owned by the Grey Ghost. The lounge above the tasting room was beautiful, inviting, and filled to the brim with oversized chairs and couches.

If the inside seating is ever full, there is plenty of outdoor seats on the balcony, patio, or garden area. I was happy to see the vines covered in the previous night’s snow fall, but I also cannot wait to see how it looks in the spring!

After looking at many potential locations for a geocache, we spotted a likely spot out in the garden area. Because of the fantastic history associated with this vineyards’ name, I decided to make this cache a puzzle cache. The cache page has all the questions and a link to where you can read about the history of Grey Ghost.

Have fun visiting the vineyard and seeking the geocache!

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