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NEW! NC State University The Brickyard Red Wine Blend

Oct 15, 2021

Shelton Vineyards is proud to present its newest wine, The Brickyard – a North Carolina red wine blend created in partnership with North Carolina State University. The Brickyard is the first red wine to be released as part of the school’s Hallowed Places Collection.

Shelton Vineyards’ Co-President Mandy Houser mentioned Friday: “We were honored to be selected to create NC State’s first red wine. It’s a partnership that is uniquely North Carolinian, and such an exciting project for our state’s agricultural community.”

Shelton Vineyards’ winemaker Ethan Brown created the blend using 100% estate-grown grapes – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tannat and Malbec – to produce a balanced, versatile red wine with a full-bodied palate.

The label for The Brickyard was designed by Carter Avayou, a Graphic Design student of College of Design, NC State University. Avayou’s artwork on the front label pairs beautifully with the bottle’s inscription about its iconic quad, “The Brickyard,” on the back label:

"The area paved with red and white bricks in a distinctive geometric pattern is formally known as University Plaza, but everyone calls it the Brickyard. You’ll find members of the Pack gathering there to promote student clubs, donate blood or live in shacks for a week to support Habitat for Humanity."

This is the first venture into wine for NC State University, and The Hallowed Places Collection will be an annual series of red and white North Carolina wines to be released through 2030. A portion of all sales of The Brickyard wine will be donated to scholarship programs at NC State University.


Shelton Vineyards was founded in 1999 by brothers Charles M. Shelton and Ed Shelton, in what is now known as the Yadkin Valley American Viticultural Area. The vineyard shares a similar climate and growing season to that of some of the best wine growing regions in Europe, and is one of the largest wineries on the East Coast.


To purchase The Brickyard, please CLICK HERE.

To view the initial NC State press release, please CLICK HERE.

To view the recent article by Tim Peeler, please CLICK HERE.

NC State has also established an Instagram account for the wine, which can be found HERE.

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