1000 Childress Vineyards Road
Lexington, North Carolina
Phone: (336) 236-9463
Richard's passion for fine wine is as genuine as his passion for auto racing. He embarked on a journey of experiencing different wines as his career in auto racing took him to tracks near the wine regions of California.
Richard was moved by the passion he saw in the farmers who grew and harvested the grapes, and inspired by the warm spirit of the winemaking community.
Always one to pursue his passions, Richard eventually began to consider the possibilities Greg and Richard of planting his own vineyard.
At the encouragement of business partner, Greg Johns, he began researching the potential for successfully producing fine wines in North Carolina's Piedmont. Soon, both Richard and Greg were raising trellises in their own backyards, experimenting with different grape varieties. As the experiments continued, they both realized a need for more expertise. They hired a team of viticulturists and the harvests became plentiful.
To help fulfill Richard's vision of creating North Carolina's signature winery, finding an expert winemaker was the next task. So Richard recruited the talents of Mark Friszolowski, a nationally acclaimed winemaker. Before coming to Childress Vineyards, Mark was with Pindar Vineyards, the largest premium winery on Long Island and was leading the way for successful winemaking on the East Coast. Having won hundreds of awards for his wines, Mark has a track record in the wine industry as impressive as Richard's record in the field of racing.
So, as the winemaker for Childress Vineyards, Mark Friszolowski is now setting out to do in North Carolina what he's already accomplished in New York State....establish the state as a region for signature winemaking.
Winemaker: Mark Friszolowski
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