While the grapes are the building blocks of every bottle of Shelton Vineyards wine, our people are the mortar that holds us together. The expertise and experience of our production team are reflected in each of our wines.
Charlie & Ed Shelton
Charles M. Shelton, a native of Mt. Airy, N.C. resides in Dobson with his wife Sandy. They have two children, Mandy Shelton Houser (Mrs. Todd Houser) of Charlotte and Charles M. Shelton, Jr. (Chip) of Charlotte.
Charlie Shelton attended Surry County Schools and is a graduate of Franklin High School class of 1953.
Ed Shelton, a native of Mount Airy, N.C. resides in Dobson with his wife, Dotti. They have three children, Jennifer Egues (Mrs. Michael Egues) of Charlotte, Lydia Surles (Mrs. Mark Surles), of Charlotte, and Winni Shelton of Atlanta, GA.
Ed Shelton attended Surry County Schools and is a graduate of Mount Airy High School in 1958. He also attended Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk.
Charlie and Ed have worked together in construction and real estate development for the majority of their working careers. The last company they founded was Shelco, Inc. a general construction company which they sold to a group of employees in 2004. They also founded and own The Shelton Companies, a private investment firm based in Charlotte. Other companies founded by the Shelton’s include Fortis Homes, King Sash & Door Company, and Carolinas’ Distribution Services.
Charlie and Ed were also responsible for petitioning the federal government for American Viticultural Area recognition for North Carolina’s first AVA, The Yadkin Valley that was approved in 2003. Through their hard work and dedication to their state and community they have helped to put North Carolina back on the map as one of the top wine producing states in the nation.
Michael Egues & Mandy Houser
Michael Egües graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Before joining Shelton Vineyards in 2010, he spent 22 years investing in and advising public and private Companies. He began his investment career with First Union Capital Partners making mezzanine and equity investments for the bank’s portfolio. In 2004 he co-founded Triarch Partners, LP, a boutique investment banking firm dedicated to providing mergers and acquisitions advice to middle market companies.
Amanda “Mandy” Shelton Houser is Charlie Shelton’s daughter and Co-President of Shelton Vineyards. Mandy is a 1990 graduate of Meredith College with a degree in Interior Design and owns her own design firm. With her design knowledge Mandy has helped to create many of the interesting and creative design ideas that you will see at Shelton Vineyards and all of our surrounding entities. Mandy also serves a dual role as Co-President of our operation and has been actively involved in all aspects of our business since its inception. Mandy brings a lot of passion to our business and is really focused on all the small details that make our experience unique. When not at the winery or working on a design project Mandy enjoys spending her free time with her husband and their two daughters.
Ethan has been in the Yadkin Valley wine industry his entire life starting in his family’s winery and tasting room when it was built. He later became their official winemaker when he was 19 years old and has moved on to making wine in North Carolina ever since. He obtained an associate’s degree in viticulture and enology from Surry Community College and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry/fermentation science from Appalachian State University. In addition to his passion for enology, Ethan enjoys brewing science and has been has been a commercial head brewer.
Miguel and his staff of vineyard workers are responsible for the planting, maintenance, and upkeep of our vineyard and winery grounds. Miguel, originally from Mexico, is now a naturalized citizen of the U.S. He started his career in agriculture with the Monroe Tree Farm in Monroe, Oregon in the early 1990’s growing and pruning Christmas Trees. In 1994 he joined the vineyard crew at Benton Lane Vineyards also in Monroe and, in short order, became a key component of their vineyard staff. Joining Shelton Vineyards in 1998, he is one of our first employees and has been involved with each and every phase of vineyard development.
Vice President of Finance
Crystal was born and raised right here in Dobson, NC just a few miles across town from what would eventually become Shelton Vineyards. Crystal attended Surry Community College where she received her degree in Business Computer Programming and Accounting. Crystal has been with Shelton Vineyards since the beginning, having joined the company in January of 2000 as Controller. Although usually behind the scenes Crystal has been involved in all aspects of the company operations from accounting to public relations. She now resides in nearby Elkin with her husband and two children.
Vice President of Sales
A Charlotte native and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Christina has nearly 10 years of sales experience in the wine industry. She helps to direct the sales efforts of the Shelton Brand via our distributors across a multi-state territory.
In 2008, Christina obtained her level one and two Sommelier certifications from the International Sommelier Guild and has been able to couple her passion for wine with her thirst for knowledge. She has traveled to wine regions across the globe including, California, France, Italy, and Australia smelling, tasting and learning about the wine making process.
When she is not at the winery, Christina enjoys snow skiing, playing disc golf, and spending time with friends and family.
Special Events Coordinator / Wine Club Social Director
A native of Dobson, North Carolina, Danielle grew up in a tight knit family that focused on small town values which have held strong throughout her life. Her family instilled the principal that hard work, determination and self-sacrifice will always be rewarded in the end. Danielle used this basis during the early part of her life with success in primary school and to further her education, after high school, by obtaining an Associates Degree in Science. After completing her degree Danielle spent time working in the medical and financial fields before receiving the opportunity to unite her passion and fascination of wine with her career by taking a full time position with Shelton Vineyards in the fall of 2014.
Danielle still embraces her core values; bringing a great work ethic, outgoing personality and a passion for excellent customer service to her job daily. These positive attributes make her the perfect candidate to plan and coordinate your next event whether it's a wedding, coporate retreat, or weekend getaway.
When not at work Danielle enjoys traveling, collecting handmade art and spending time with family and friends.
Through hard work and dedication Angela has attained the tools necessary for excellent customer service. During her time here she has acquired knowledge of both our wine and the wine making process. Angela handles all aspects of our retail tasting room from tours and tastings to retail merchandise. Please contact Angela for any special requests that you may have on your next visit.
Our Retail Staff
Our friendly and knowledgeable retail staff eagerly awaits your arrival. They will guide you through our wine making process offering tours and tastings daily. The staff consists of local retired school teachers and business professionals, many of whom have been with us since opening. We welcome you to come and enjoy!! At your next visit, please let us know how we may enhance your experience.
Chef Paul Lange
Executive Chef of Harvest Grill
Since joining us as Executive Chef in May of 2006, Chef Paul S. Lange has already received many accolades; most recently being featured in the Triad Business Journal. Chef Paul is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has over ten years of experience in food service management. He has a thorough understanding of what is needed to develop a strong relationship among management, kitchen personnel, and the services staff. Chef Paul's understanding provides our customers with the ultimate dining experience.
Before joining the Harvest Grill at Shelton Vineyards, Chef Paul worked at Beekman Arms 1766 Tavern in upstate New York, the Oceanic at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, and Ryan's Steaks, Chops, and Seafood in Winston-Salem, NC.
Pastry CHEF OF HARVEST GRILL
Pastry Chef Frances joined the restaurant staff at Harvest Grill in 2011. After choosing to make a career change later in life, she enrolled in the culinary program at Wilkes Community College in the fall of 2010 to pursue a degree in Baking & Pastry Arts. Considering herself a lifetime learner, she has since expanded her knowledge to all areas of the restaurant under the guidance of Chef Paul. She possesses a background in teaching and operations management which support her role as part of the management team at the restaurant. Her creative drive and meticulous nature contribute to developing an array of desserts, breads and pastries that enhance the dining experience for our guests.
Our Wait Staff
One of the things that makes the Harvest Grill so great is the wait staff. Always prompt and ready to serve you one of Chef Paul's delicious dishes with a smile. You can ensure that this knowledgeable staff will provide a superior dining experience.