The Cary Citizen
Story by: Lindsey Chester
Chatham Hill Winery Opens in Downtown CaryThe 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.
8245 Chapel Hill Road
Downtown Cary, NC
Thurs & Fri 11:00am- 7:00pm
Sun 1:00pm- 5:00pm
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.
The Triangle Business Journal
Amanda Jones Hoyle
Staff Writer- Triangle Business Journal
Chatham Hill Winery moving to CaryChatham Hill Winery, which closed its tasting room and wine-making operation in Morrisville in late April, will be reopening on June 29 at its new building in downtown Cary.
Chatham Hill Winery has moved all of its operations to a building at 8245 Chapel Hill Road just a stone’s throw from Cary Town Hall.
The company had been operating at the Gateway Center office park in Morrisville since 1999, making it one of the oldest urban wineries in North Carolina.
Chatham Hill doesn’t grow any of its own grapes, though. Co-owners Marek Wojciechowski and Jill Winkler buy most of their grapes from farming partners in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley region.
The winery specializes in variations of chardonnay, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and others.