McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks


   It’s all about the wine. From the moment the ground was prepared and planted through each growing season it always comes down to alchemy — with a little human assistance — that causes sun-ripened grapes to convert their sugars into alcohol and become wines worth drinking. We grew up in the wine country of Oregon and Washington and this has been our life together. Now, with our children, we hope to produce wines that are memorable, true to place, and most of all, enjoyable.

So, how did we get here?

Sean’s father was a winemaker in California and Oregon and the winemaking bug hit Sean early. In addition to working in wineries and vineyards in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, he has worked at renowned wineries in many of the world’s premier wine regions including Alsace Lorraine, Napa Valley, and Australia. In 1998 his adventurer’s heart led him to North Carolina where he was involved in the establishment of a large vineyard and winery in the Yadkin Valley and later founded a winery and vineyard consulting business with Patricia.

Patricia initially took a different career path as a criminal attorney and judge. After marrying Sean and starting a family it soon became evident that a life among the vines and barrels was a better fit for the young growing family so she changed her focus and for the last 15 years has specialized as a business consultant for vineyards and wineries.

After a lifetime spent growing grapes and making wines for others we decided it was finally time to grow and make it for ourselves. We had developed a deep affection for our corner of the Yadkin Valley and a vision of a vibrant new North Carolina wine industry. It was with boundless excitement that we planted our first five acres of grapes in 2004 on the flanks of the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The doors of the winery opened in time for the 2006 harvest and the tasting room opened in May of 2007.

It’s been some ride.  We hope you join us for the rest of the journey.


The tasting room at McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks is open year-round for tastings and tours. Winter hours may vary.

Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm.

Our final tasting of the day is at 4:45 pm.

Updated hours due to inclement weather and holidays are posted on our Facebook page.

Enjoy a day in the mountains or visiting other local wineries. Better yet, bring a picnic and spend the afternoon with us. We’ve got picnic tables with your name on them!


Advance reservations are required for all groups over six so we can provide the best visitor experience for you and all our guests.  To make a reservation please call us at 336-874-3003 or email 

Between March and December reserved tours and tastings for groups over six on Saturdays and event days are available only between 10 am and 1 pm. 


Please note that our grounds and buildings are non-smoking.  Pets must be on leash and in designated area only.  Pets are not permitted in the tasting room or on the porches.  Please no pets on event days. 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in helping us keep our winery and tasting room a peaceful, relaxing, and enjoyable experience for all!


We are located in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and our goal is to provide an informative and fun experience focused on our wines and ciders in a tranquil and harmonious setting.

McRitchie Winery and Ciderworks is located just north of Elkin off Highway 21 on Thurmond P.O. Road (NOT Thurmond Road!). We are less than 15 minutes out of town but it feels like worlds away. Our vineyard is minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, Stone Mountain State Park and many other attractions. 


McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks
315 Thurmond PO Road
Thurmond, NC 28683