There aren’t many activities I would rather do than spend a few hours relaxing at a gorgeous winery sampling delicious wine! Because of that, I recently chose to spend a Sunday at Medaloni Cellars in Lewisville. Owner Joey Medaloni sat down with us to give us the story behind the newest addition to the Yadkin Valley wine trail, and his remarkable wine selection did not disappoint.
Located on 22 acres in the Yadkin Valley, Medaloni Cellars offers tastings, tours, reunions, birthday parties, limited lodging and a venue for weddings. “When we bought the land, we didn’t realize that because of where it is situated on the hill, you can see the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance,” said Medaloni. “We began making wine in 2008. In 2011, we started building and, in 2012, we opened to the public. There was a lot of appeal in local production for me. I grew up the son of a tobacco farmer and never thought I would get into this type of business, but I did after several years in the hospitality industry. I wanted to have a winery that was family oriented where there was something for kids, as well as adults, so families could easily come and spend the day here. We will open a petting zoo soon that I hope the kids will enjoy!”
For the adults, Medaloni Cellars offers white wines including Chardonnay, Riesling and white blends, and red wines including Cabernet, Merlot, Petit Sirah, red blend and Rosé. “We consider all of our wines to be top tier,” said Medaloni. “Many wineries have levels of wines with varying prices, but we consider all of our wine to be the best available. I don’t use sugar to sweeten my wines…we only use fruit. We also don’t change the wine chemically…if it can’t be balanced out with other wine to get the right pH, then we don’t use it. It is more expensive for us to do it that way, but it is something that is important to me.”
Want a little something to nibble on while you indulge in Medaloni wines? “Medaloni Cellars has different food trucks on site from time to time and also offers delivery service from Ciccione’s Italian Restaurant and The Greek Grill,” said Medaloni. “You are also welcome to pack your own snack, and make a picnic! We also have locally made snacks for sale, like wine-infused brownies!”
Don’t want to worry about driving home? Medaloni Cellars has three lodging options for those who plan ahead! The cabins are designed in a modern-rustic style and were designed with couples in mind. According to the website, “Chateau Bergeron is a lovely one bedroom cabin which includes a queen size bed, full bathroom, living space with fireplace, microwave, mini fridge, coffee maker, DirectTV®, DVD player and games. This cabin also includes a complimentary bottle of Medaloni Cellars wine and two MC glasses for you to keep. Sit on the front porch, sip wine and watch the sunset! Chateau Edwards is the master cabin on the property. This cabin includes a full kitchen with granite countertops, full bathroom with stand up shower, queen bed, sofa bed, fireplace and DirectTV®. Spend the evening on the huge deck with fire pit and gas grill. There is even an outdoor shower! One complimentary bottle of Medaloni Cellars wine and two MC wine glasses for you to take home are also included. Tree House is for the adventurous only! Approximately a quarter of a mile walk will get you to this gorgeous cabin tucked away in the trees. One bedroom with a queen sized bed, small vanity with a sink, mini fridge, DirectTV®, panoramic views and peace and quiet is what you get with this unit. Underneath the bedroom is a full bathroom and two bunk beds. This is a luxury tree house for sure!”
Medaloni Cellars is located at 9125 Shallowford Road in Lewisville. Tastings and tours are available Friday and Saturday from 11am-7pm, Sunday from 12-7pm and Monday and Tuesday by appointment. Parties of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more information, call 336.946.1490, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.medalonicellars.com.