Notasulga, AL (WSFA) - When you think "wine country", what comes to mind. Maybe Napa Valley, California, or somewhere in Italy? There's a new vine growing down south and it has folks in one small Alabama town all bottled up with excitement.
"We've always been interested in growing," said Tim Watkins, from Whippoorwill Vineyards. "Then the idea hit me, I've been making wine since high school, why not grow a vineyard. A simple statement, but not an easy task. "It's a lot more complicated than people think," said Vickie Watkins from Whippoorwill Vineyards. "It took awhile to get the plants delivered and all the posts put in," said co-worker Chad Ledbetter. "We had no idea it would take so long to get the vines, take care of the irrigation and then train the plants themselves."
But after three years of hard work and research, Whippoorwill Vineyards filled its first glass of wine, and they've been pouring ever since. It's truly a group effort. "It's a family operation from start to finish," said Amy Ledbetter. "When we have 8 people working we can do 400 to 450 bottles per hour."
Right now they have 10 different varieties but expect that number go grow. They've already had some success, taking a bronze medal at an international wine competition. They're open for tours and wine tasting. Just head out to Whippoorwill Vineyards in Notasulga. It's about 40 miles east of Montgomery off highway 14. Check out their web site for more info: www.whippoorwillvineyards.com.