Muscadines are used throughout Alabama in wines, jams and desserts.

Whippoorwill Vineyard in Notasulga is a family owned and operated farm winery where everything is done by hand. The business got its start in 2005, when Tim Watkins and Chad Ledbetter planted some muscadines on Bobby Watkins land.

Whippoorwill Vineyard has now been named number seven in a top ten list published by Choice Wineries.

Choice Wineries ranks vineyards and wineries based on the quality of wine served, the atmosphere and the service. They manually collect data from sources and analyze each winery before ranking. Choice Wineries ranks wineries across the United States and has ranked over 6,700 wineries nationwide.

According to the rankings released on Alabama wineries, Whippoorwill Vineyards was ranked highly because everything is done “by hand at this family owned and operated winery…from harvesting to boxing up each bottle.” Choice Wineries also notes “breathtaking scenery” as another reason to visit the “hidden little gem.”

The wines at Whippoorwill Vineyard are made from 100 percent muscadines and scuppernongs, a larger, white variety of muscadine. They are made into four styles: sweet, semi-sweet, semi-dry and dry.

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“The authentically Southern combination of hospitality, wines and ambience that this winery offers is truly something special,” Choice Wineries said in their announcement of the Ten Best Alabama Wineries list.

The following is the rankings of the Ten Best Alabama Wineries according to Choice Wineries:

  1. Lake Point Vineyard and Winery.
  2. High County Cellars
  3. Wills Creek Winery
  4. Harbor View Winery
  5. Fruithurst Winery Co.
  6. South Ridge Wine
  7. Whippoorwill Vineyards
  8. Jules J. Berta Vineyards
  9. Junavelli Winery
  10. Morgan Creek Vineyards

For more information about Whippoorwill Vineyard, visit Whippoorwill Vineyards is located at 4282 County Road 31, Notasulga, Alabama, 36866.