Carolina Vines is pleased to announce it is back open. Newton’s long-time gathering space for enjoying wine, craft beer and community, Carolina Vines has not only reopened its doors, but now reflects a new concept built on deep-rooted partnerships with Lake James Cellars Winery (Glen Alpine, NC) and Lenny Boy Brewing Company (Charlotte, NC). In business since May 2013, Newton's first wine bar offers a unique array of locally-sourced, high quality wine, beer, organic kombucha, and other beverages made in North Carolina.
Carolina Vines is a new urban winery tasting room, with wines produced under its own brand. Lake James Cellars Winery and Foothills Wineworx, its wine production facility, will close operations in Glen Alpine to relocate to Newton. Lake James Cellars partner and chief winemaker Josh Fowler will produce wines sourced with North Carolina grapes for Carolina Vines. These developments are the culmination of a multiyear plan developed in 2017 that began with the majority acquisition of Lake James Cellars by Carolina Vines partners Dennis Baucom, Twyla Deese, and Michael Waltuch.
No less exciting in this announcement, is the active involvement of long-time colleague Townes Mozer, founder of Lenny Boy Brewing Company. Friends and supporters of each other for over 10 years, the strengthened relationship transforms Carolina Vines into an auxiliary tap room for Lenny Boy’s award-winning beer, wild ale and kombucha. As an integral component of this strategic partnership, Mr. Mozer will look to utilize land at Catawba Farms, parent company of Carolina Vines also located in Newton, to grow local, adjunct ingredients for some Lenny Boy Brewing Company beverages. This evolution represents an auspicious beginning, as Carolina Vines sharpens its focus on beverages and products made exclusively in North Carolina.
Carolina Vines offers hosted tastings, bar service and retail products and will continue to offer a curated selection of customer-favorite international wines and craft cider.