JOLO Winery & Vineyards Wins 2016 "North Carolina Winegrower of the Year" Award
JOLO Winery & Vineyards Wins 2016 “North Carolina Winegrower of the Year” Award
Pilot Mountain, NC
January 25, 2017
JOLO Winery & Vineyards is proud to accept the prestigious and uniquely awarded 2016 “North Carolina Winegrower of the Year” Award, in recognition of its passion, leadership and desire to excel in the grape growing and wine production crafts.
The award of distinction was issued by the North Carolina Winegrower’s Association (NCWA) and presented to JW and Kristen Ray, owners of JOLO Winery & Vineyards during the NCWA Annual Conference, on January 20th, 2017.
“It is an absolute honor to receive this award,” said JW Ray, Winemaker and Vineyard Manager of JOLO Winery & Vineyards. “There are so many fantastic winegrowers here in North Carolina especially in the Yadkin Valley. Being recognized amongst all these phenomenal growers may be the highlight of my career.”
Joseph Geller, Viticulturist Instructor at Surry Community College and Education Chair or NCWA, explains the criteria for the annual accolade.
“Each year we are looking for a grape grower that is truly embracing innovation in the vineyards,” said Geller. “The Board of Directors of NCWGA reviews many nominations, assessing both fruit quality production and vineyard sustainability. JOLO’s dedication to the use of local, “hybrid” grapes for wine production as well as the redesign of their trellis system (Quadrilateral VSP) greatly contributed to our decision to present the relative newcomer to Yadkin Valley our coveted award.”
“We’ve always said that great wine is made in the vineyards,” says Ray. “We have worked diligently from day one, with our root and varietal selection, to the site selection, to our green farming practices, to make the very best wine possible that is deserving to adorn the names of our two children, Joey and Logan (JOLO).”
The North Carolina Winegrower’s Association was formed in 1993, primarily through the efforts of people like Steve Shepard, then at Westbend Vineyards and Earl Mitchell, Professor of Physics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The focus of the group was then, and remains today, the open interchange of information among both professional and amateur winemakers, with a focus on education, research, and professional development. To learn more please visit www.ncwinegrowers.com.
About JOLO Winery & Vineyards
JOLO Winery & Vineyards is an award-winning, family-owned, boutique winery in the picturesque Yadkin Valley AVA in Pilot Mountain. We produce extraordinary wines that reflect the terroir. We are open for wine tastings most Thursdays through Sundays and we pour at many local wine tasting events throughout the year. Wines are available for purchase at the winery, on the website, and at selected retail locations. Please visit our web site, www.JOLOvineyards.com, call 336.614.0030 or email info@JOLOvineyards.com for more information.