You don’t have to travel all the way to Napa Valley in California for a true vineyard experience. Right here in the Triangle area, we have a true family-owned and operated vineyard that would be perfect for a day trip or afternoon date. Cloer Family Vineyards operates out of Apex, North Carolina, and is one of the only vineyards in the Triangle area to grow its own grapes and produce its own wines on site.
The Cloer family is noted in the area for being good with landscaping – but in 1995, Tam Cloer, head of the Cloer family, decided to experiment with growing grapes on his 18-acre farmland and learned the winemaking trade from a close friend. Feedback from friends gave him confidence to open the vineyard to the public. Pictured are two wines produced on-site at the vineyard (Image courtesy of Cloer Family Vineyards site.)
All members of the Cloer family are involved in the process. From winemaking, to bottling, shipping, harvesting, marketing, and more. They graciously open their vineyards every Friday and Saturday so that guests can have a full experience of wine tasting and touring around the vineyard. The goal of the Cloer family is to create a warm, welcoming environment that will leave patrons wanting to come back again and again.
Currently, the vineyard is open to visit on Friday from noon to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. Tastings are performed during operating hours, and cost $5 to sample all five wines produced at the vineyard.
The vineyard also hosts an event called Toast & Tunes on the second Saturday of each month. On these days, guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic lunches to listen to soft rock and country artists local to the area. Vineyard wine is sold by the glass and bottle, but please note that no outside alcohol is permitted. The next Toast & Tunes event will be held August 8 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m..
Cloer Family Vineyards is located at 8624 Castleberry Road in Apex, NC, 27523. To contact the Cloers, please call 919-387-5760, or visit www.cloerfamilyvineyards.com.