Catawba County’s First Winery Includes Free Wine Tastings and Peacock Feedings


Catawba County’s first winery is about an hour north of Charlotte on a 34-acre property called ‘Catawba Farms’.

Business partners Twyla McDermott, Dennis Baucom and Michael Waltuch are investing over $2 million to transform the old farm into one of North Carolina’s best destination wineries.

The facility is located about 30 miles NorthWest of Charlotte in the town of Newton, NC;

The partners, along with about a dozen helpers, planted over 2,500 grapevines last year:

The vines will take several years to mature, but the winery is now officially open for business, including a fully stocked tasting room with guided tours and tastings. They are currently selling 8 varieties that range from the whimsical “‘Rootin’ Tootin’ Red Muscadine” and “Puh-leezaling” to the more traditional Pinot Grigio and Merlot.

You can take your own lunch and enjoy it in their picnic area, or book a night at the historic Peacock Inn at Catawba Farms bed and breakfast.

The entire facility is also teaming with barnyard friends. According to their website, “Goats, pigs, chickens, rabbits, a peacock named Henry, a horse named Major Tom, and two barn cats await visitors.”

and the best part is…they let you feed their peacock!

Visitors can now purchase wine by the glass, bottle, or case, and tour the facilities Tuesdays-Thursdays 12:00 noon-5:00pm, Fridays 12:00 noon-8:00pm, and Saturdays-Sundays, 12 noon-6:00pm.

You can find out more on their website here.