A couple of weekends ago Jeremy, myself, and a couple of friends made our way out to Irvin House Vineyards and Firefly Distillery. I had never been before and I was pleasantly surprised. Not only is there vodka and wine (YAY!) but there are also farm animals and a beautiful vineyard to walk through.
The tastings were very reasonably priced at $5 for the wine tasting and $6 for the Firefly Vodka tasting. When we got to the bar for the Firefly tasting we were given a card that listed a number of different vodkas, whiskeys, and moonshines that they carry. From the list you can choose six different options to taste. I went for the more “girly” flavors such as Pecan (PEE-CAN not to be confused with PUH-CAHN) Pie, Red Velvet Cake, Raspberry Sweet Tea, etc.
The men in our group were all about trying the Sweet Tea Bourbon and corn whiskey aka moonshine. By the time you’ve tried your six flavors you’ll have had the equivalent of a little more than a shot. We got to keep these fun little shot glasses, too.
In between pours we scarfed some of the freshly popped popcorn. Honestly, the popcorn and the red velvet liqueur were probably my favorite things.
After we left the distillery we walked over to the building where the wine tastings take place. We made our way inside and were seated. During the wine tasting a video presentation is given to tell you a little bit about the vineyard and the owners.
All the wines have a sweeter finish as they are all made from muscadine grapes (my absolute favorite grape!). All of the wines are crisp and mild and delicious. Again you are given fresh popcorn to munch on between tastings.
When we were done with the tastings we walked the grounds. The vineyard was pretty but I’m sure it’s far more gorgeous when it’s finished waking up.
I met this lovely lady. Her name is I Declare.
I thought we were besties, I Decare. Why you gotta treat me this way? Beware of cow.
We got to chat with the owner, Jim, for a few minutes. He’s a really nice guy and loves his job.
Next, we hobbled over to the farm animal area. I had to see the goat! I wanted him to scream like a human, but no such luck. Aren’t his pupils trippy though?
This little place is in the middle of no where but it is so worth the drive. We had a lot of fun.
A Couple of Things to Know:
- Tastings for Firefly Distillery are first come first serve.
- Tastings for Irvin House Vineyards are on a schedule of 30 minute intervals.
- I Declare is sweet, but she can hurt you without realizing. Hide yo kids, Hide yo wife.
- Dogs are welcome as long as they are kept on a leash.