Boutique French Style Vineyard
Junius Lindsay Vineyard (JLV) boasts North Carolina’s only open air tasting room, offering breathtaking views of the vineyard & surrounding countryside. Designed by architect Don Ruth, the tasting room evokes an image of the Victorian era of a century ago. It’s the perfect place for sampling our nationally acclaimed wines or enjoying a bottle with friends. In the colder months, our tasting room is enclosed by vinyl curtains and heated for comfort. We also offer several delicious dessert and specialty wines, including a hearty port!
A Little Rhône in the Triad
Our boutique vineyard, established in 2004, serves estate-grown, nationally-acclaimed French style wines. All of our grape varietals are native to the Rhône Valley of Southern France. The overriding goal of JLV is to produce wine that reflects the unique characteristics of the vineyard’s terroir or natural environment which includes the soil, topography, and micro-climate. This ardent goal ensures that our wines are truly representative of the old world fashion.
Junius Lindsay Vineyard, located in northern Davidson County in the city of Lexington, is a member of the Yadkin Valley AVA (American Viticulture Area). All of the wines sold from our tasting room come from our own grapes, grown right here in the vineyard. We take immense pride in the grapes that we grow and firmly believe that truly great wines are produced from estate-grown grapes.
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Over 100 Years of History
The vineyard is named for owner & grower Michael Zimmerman’s grandfather, Junius Lindsay Zimmerman, who with his bride, Beatrice Estelle Evans, started the Zimmerman farm in 1896. Junius Lindsay Zimmerman was the proprietor of the Arcadia Mill and farmed while Beatrice raised five children and taught school.
After living abroad for many years while working in the foreign service, Michael Zimmerman returned to the family homestead with a dream of transforming the century old Zimmerman farm into a vineyard that would produce fine, old world French wines. This dream brought forth the notion that Zimmerman's vineyard would be one that was conceived in France and born in the Yadkin Valley.
Upon moving back to the farm in the late 1990s, Zimmerman's goal has been to preserve the farm for future generations. The first two acres of grapes were planted in 2004 and eventually grew to 11 acres. The initial vinifera was Viognier, a rare white variety that originated in Condrieu, located on France's Northern Rhône river. This variety traces its heritage back over 2000 years! Varietals later added include: Syrah, Petite Sirah (durif), Roussanne, and Grenache.
Guests are invited to visit JLV and share Zimmerman's passion for fine wine, commitment to quality, and love of the local land. We hope you can join us soon for an afternoon in our open-air tasting room and enjoy the exquisite taste of our elegant whites, refreshing rosés, and robust reds.