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The winery had a soft opening at the end of June after several months of renovations at their new location on Chapel Hill Road.
About a year ago Jill, and husband Marek Wojciechowski, began talking with Sandy Jordan of the Cary Chamber and Ed Gawf (then) with the Town of Cary about a move to Downtown. Everyone loved the idea and a search for a location began. Chatham Hill Winery was previously located in an office park near RDU. Although it provided plenty of parking and flexible space, the location lacked a community, as it was situated in an office park up by RDU Airport. Urban yes, near housing and other retail outlets, no.
The move was planned for the Summer because that is when the enormous tanks that hold the wine are empty. Moving them full would have been impossible. Moving casks filled with wine was easier.
The new location is about 8000 square feet and includes an expansion of their winemaking operations. The front area includes a tasting area, wine sales and ample space for dining, tasting and throwing a party.
Plans include hosting events as was done in the previous location near the Airport. There is a beautiful room up front, with a dozen or so tables. New at this location is a beer license in addition to the license to sell wine (by the glass and by the bottle). Beer from local brewers will be featured. Music on Thursdays and Fridays and some light food options will eventually round out their offerings.
For now, Jill and Marek are putting the finishing touches to the new space and getting ready for the end of July to be a part of Cary’s Final Friday Art Loop. Local artists can show and sell their art on the spacious walls of the dining area.
Chatham Hill Winery
8245 Chapel Hill Road
Downtown Cary, NC
Mon, Tues, Wed, Sat- 11:00am-6:00pm
Thurs & Fri 11:00am- 7:00pm
Sun 1:00pm- 5:00pm
Winery Tours are offered weekdays at 12:30 and 3:30, Sat 1:00, 3:00 and 4:30, Sun 2:00
They sell all of their wines on site by the bottle and case, as well as by the glass. For more info, visit ChathamHillWine.com.
Story and photo by Lindsey Chester.