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2015 Wine Growers Excellence

It's what you get when you blend sandy soil, coastal climate and a love for wine.

The Wright Family proves that award winning wine can be grown and produced on the Outer Banks.

Founded less than a decade ago, this little winery produces 12 of the regions finest wines.


Sanctuary Vineyards was presented with the 2015 Wine Grower of Excellence Award, in recognition of its leadership and dedication to the production of quality North Carolina wine grapes by the North Carolina Winegrowers Association. 

John Wright - GM & Winemaker

Sanctuary Vineyards is located in Jarvisburg, NC, minutes away from the popular coastal region of the Outer Banks. For seven generations the Wright Family has called coastal Currituck County home. Sanctuary Vineyards is the product of centuries of farming experience and a dedication to a dream - producing world-class wines in Currituck County.

Casey - Winemaker

I grew up on a farm in the small southern Surry County community of Rockford, North Carolina.  Rockford is a historical community of only a few hundred residents on the banks of the Yadkin River, and served as the county seat before Surry County was split into Surry and Yadkin Counties. The old courthouse sits atop the hill as you make the descent towards the river and down past the one room post office, general store, and tavern. The Yadkin Valley was carved by glaciers descending down the Appalachian Mountains during the last ice age..... [more]

2015 Chardonay  - $25


Chardonnay is back - bright notes of apple and pearl let you know this is not your typical buttery Chard. Crisp up-front flavors that end with light mineral notes on the finish, enhanced by 20% new oak aging. Chardonnay, an American favorite.


The Plank - $18


Are you ready to walk the plank? Blackbeard would for a taste of our delicious Red Muscadine wine full of ripe and jammy flavor. The Plank is best served chilled while counting your Doubloons.

The Pearl 2013 - $20


Pearl is crafted from 100% Albarino, a Spanish white grape that has found a home in Currituck County. Loose clusters and thick skins impart ample acidity and crisp aromas of peach and fresh cut flowers.

Sweet Serenity - $18


Our best seller, this Muscadine is known for its smooth sweetness and powerful aroma. Muscadine grapes are indigenous to this region, so go native and enjoy a true local wine!

Wildflowers 2013 - $14

Dry Rosé

Re-think pink with this light and crisp rosé crafted from NC grown Grenache. It greets you with aromas of strawberry, ripe peach and white pepper, with focused acidity. The ultimate chilled summer wine! (We offer a free painting set with purchase)

Wild Pony White - $15


This is one wild pony you can take home - NC Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio (to name a few) combine to make this smooth summer sipper our #1 dry wine. Proceeds benefit the Corolla Wild Horse Fund.

Shipwreck 2012 - $20 

Many a sailor has run aground trying to tame our favorite Rhone blend! 81% NC Syrah, 19% Merlot are combined to offer earthy and spicy aromas followed by rich blackberry and Cassis flavors.

Aglianico 2014 $30

Sanctuary's Aglianico is an example of a unique grape in and unique site. It produces a wine of medium color and body, Pinot-like in its frame, but with aromas of licorice, eucalyptus, clove, tobacco and pomegranate. 

Wright Brothers Reserve - $30


Our flagship red is a beast this year - Tempranillo and Tannat are married to offer a savory taste of the old world grown right here in Currituck! Inky purple color, raspberry aroma and gripping tannins - built for cellaring!

Coastal Collage 2013 - $25


Our latest blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet. Franc, 28% Petit Verdot is our winemakers pride. Built in the style of Bordeaux, this wine presents dark fruit, graphite and spice on the nose with a firm tannic structure built to age.

Morton $14

Elegant and buyer friendly- a blend of our winemakers choice red wines. NC Syrah, Tempranillo, Tannat, Aglianico and Cabernet Sauvignon have been carefully blended - black cherry flavors with sweet oak and spice on the nose.

Double Barrel Reserve $40

A selection of our two finest barrel lots, Double Barrel 2014 pairs Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, two potent reds. Aromas of blackberry, cocoa, vanilla and leather lead to ripe figs on the palate, followed by light cedar notes on the long finish.

OBX Ice $40
Dessert Wine

Limited production OBX Ice is a proven dessert wine back by popular demand! Our blend exhibits fresh tropical fruit like pineapples, mango, and ends with a smooth finish of peaches and cream. Ages well. A blend of Petit Manseng and Vidal Blanc 100% grown and crafted on the Sanctuary Vineyards estate.

Whalehead White $20

Like the Whalehead Club, this wine is truly a Currituck gem. Zesty lemon notes make this wine a natural with your favorite seafood. A blend of Traminette and Chardonnel. This wine is 100% grown and crafted on the Sanctuary Vineyards estate


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