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Darlene Gabbard

Native Vines Winery, Lexington, NC

Project Snapshot:
Native Vines Winery is closing in a 12×24 square foot section of their current building for cold storage of finished bottled wine. This additional space will allow the farm to double production by creating a dedicated space for cold storage, which is currently in the same space as wine tanks and bottling. They are pouring concrete, building walls, and adding air conditioning to safely store their finished product; this increased storage will allow them to expand sales into Virginia and South Carolina.

Bio: Native Vines Winery is owned and operated by Darlene Gabbard, a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, along with her family. Darlene is the vintner and dedicated to producing the purest product possible, by practicing minimal chemical and pesticide use in both growth and production of the wines.

Native Vines Winery is the 1st Native American owned and operated winery in the U.S. The winery is located in the Yadkin Valley Viticulture Appellation, in Lexington, NC – home to the Keyauwee Indian Tribe. The winery is situated on 36 acres of rolling pastures and woodlands and the tasting room is located in the old horse stables tack room. Darlene Gabbard has been producing award winning wines since1998 and opened the winery in 2007. Native Vines produces a full line of vinifera & fruit wines, along with a line of signature Green Tea Wines the 1st of its kind.

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