If you follow me on Facebook, then you probably already know that I had the chance to photograph the incredible Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard And Winery for Gravity Magazine. You can see the article here.
Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard And Winery is located in Fallston, North Carolina, which is about an hour’s drive from where I live in Charlotte. We are trying to get our son more comfortable with road trips, thus we decided to turn my photo shoot into a family trip as well. Along with my husband and Joaquín, my Mom and Grandmother joined us too! Thankfully, Joaquín could not have behaved better and we feel a lot more comfortable driving longer distances with him now (parent tip: invest in a DVD player for the car, it is worth every penny).
The vineyard/winery is planted in the fertile soil of the rolling hills in Cleveland County. It takes its name from the Buffalo Creek that slowly winds through the property and the Baker family name represents over 100 years of family ownership of this beautiful farmland.
If the red barn seems familiar to you — it is — due to Hillshire Farms! It was discovered by film scout Peter Minor a decade ago. At the time, he was looking for a spot to film a TV series. Years later, Hillshire Farms contacted Minor in search of a barn that was similar to the barn on the company’s logo. Minor remembered the Edwards’ farm and brought the company executives out to the property. The red barn is now being featured as the “spokesbarn” for all national advertising campaigns for Hillshire Farms.
Of course, there is so much more to Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard And Winery than the infamous red barn. It is a gorgeous setting for wine tastings, special occasions, and outdoor events. The grounds include: an historic century old farm house, a fully restored mule barn, and the original milk house that now supports the wine making operations and wine tasting facility. It is the perfect place to spend an afternoon relaxing!
The best part about the entire experience? Meeting the owners Charles and Ann! They are such an endearing couple with the most interesting stories that they love to share over a bottle or two of wine.
The tasting room opened in 2009. You can taste all nine wines for $5. They offer a stainless-steel Chardonnay, a barrel-aged Chardonnay, a Riesling, a Traminette, a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Mule Barn Red (Muscadine), and Milk House White (Scuppernong). Blends are Granda and Between the Rivers Reserve. The couple is planning its first Merlot this fall and a holiday wine, Merry Berry. Visit BakerBuffaloCreek.com for information.