Wednesday, September 24, 2014

White Oak

Since 2004, White Oak Vineyards has predominately grown types of muscadines, from Nobles, Ison, Carlos to Magnolia and Regal. The farm totals 60 acres, and also grows bunch grapes like Chambourcin, Chardonel, Norton, Seyval Blanc and more. Randal Wilson, Farm Owner, planter and wine bottler, grows Asian persimmons, peaches, blackberries, raspberries, tomatoes and more. Now, he's focusing on new grapes.
White Oak is partnering with UC Davis with Pierce Disease Resistant wine grapes, with 6 acres of Sauvignon Blanc wine grapes.
White Oak is currently the only winery in Alabama that produces a sparkling wine, with the Charmet method of fermentation, available at Alabama Publix. Now, White Oaks' distributor, United Johnson Brothers of Alabama, LLC, has secured distribution with Walmarts in Alabama.
White Oak has won Gold, Silver and Bronze with their dry red, whites, sparkling wines, and the very first batch of champagne. Currently, one pressure vessel is holding 160 cases of bottling champagne.
White Oak's Winery is nestled at the foot of the farm's mountain, surrounded by the picturesque Choccolocco Valley and mountain sides, home to breathtaking sunsets and awe-inspiring sunrises. It's no wonder Randal's granddaughter wants to move to the farm.

Bird-netting, draped by machinery, 2-3 acres per hour, protects the grapes and muscadines from area wildlife, deer, birds and more, native to our region.
White Oak gathers 4-5 tons of muscadines per acre and 3-4 tons of grapes per acre.
The Southern Oak Wines tasting room is open on Fridays from 1-6 P.M. and Saturdays from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. Plan a visit to taste the wines and muscadines, and see a part of Calhoun County's "Natural Attraction." Check in the spring for their native azalea and rhododendron collection, rivaling Callaway Gardens, with 5-15 gallon plants available for sale.

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