Holly Ridge Winery and Vineyard was an unexpected treat. The winery is off the beaten path with a down-to-earth feel, but provided some excellent and equally scenic vistas. Another interesting fact is that the wood, with the exception of pressure-treated lumber, used in the winery was cut and planed on site.
Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Wallin, the owners, married 52 years, asked that I not post any photos of their winery on my website. As you can tell, I honored their wishes.
In a matter of moments after meeting them, I felt like they were old friends of mine. While not as well known as other wineries in the area, they’ve been producing award-winning wines for the past 17 years.
Holly Ridge Winery grows 14 different types of grapes for use in its wines. I sampled many different varieties that included names like Hogeye Red, Ruby Port, White Port, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Black Velvet, Crescendo, Gator Hater (it’s a University of Tennessee-University of Florida rivalry derivative coined their son), Peachy Keen, and Tango. Black Velvet is their most popular offering. They’ve won numerous awards for their port wines. After a taste, you’ll know why.
I purchased a bottle of Peachy Keen. I suspect it will have a short life expectancy in my wine cellar due to its light, yet balanced, taste.
You can call them at 931.823.8375. Their website is www.hollyridgewinery.com. If you’re in the area, stop by 486 O’Neal Road, Livingston, Tennessee 38570-5109. I think you’ll enjoy spending time with people dedicated to the art and science of wine-making.