Tommy and Amie Baudoin
The new brewery is a brand new addition to the Morgan Ridge Company. Initially, the owners Tommy & Amie Baudoin created Morgan Ridge Vineyards & Brewhouse, Gold Hill, NC where they have been creating quality European Style wines since the inaugural vintage in 2007. Amie Baudoin, formerly Morgan, farmed the mineral-rich family land growing up and eventually inherited it in 2000. Amie’s agricultural knowledge & background and Tommy’s extensive winemaking experience is what prompted them to start preparing the soil and then planted the vines in 2004. The vineyard boasts seven prime acres encompassing seven different varietals of grapes of which you can sample today.
The winery was built and opened in November 2010, where all the grapes are processed and produce over 1500 cases of estate wine annually. They have won over two dozen NC State wine awards since 2010 and were awarded the NC Wine Grower Excellence Award in 2012 from NC Wine Growers Association. That same year saw an expansion to the winery which included an events center. The open-air pavilion can fit up to 200 guests and is available to lease for corporate events, weddings, and functions and offers bride & groom quarters and separate restrooms. Please visit www.morganridgevineyards.com for prices and availability.
Tommy & Amie saw a demand in craft beer and in Nov. 2013 acquired Malt Beverage permits and have now mastered several different beer recipes. The beer industry in NC is growing exponentially and with their hard work and generation of some unique recipes have built the beer line to include six styles on tap using a 4 barrel (120 gallon) brew system. Some flagship and most popular beers are Weekend Wit and Flat Creek Swamp Water.
The hand-craft beer offered at Morgan Ridge Vineyards & Brewhouse quickly became a favorite among our regulars and new customers and Tommy & Amie saw a demand of the same in Salisbury NC. Hence, they are pleased to announce that Morgan Ridge Rail Walk Brewery & Eatery, 421 North Lee St, Salisbury, NC is scheduled to open late August 2016. The vast styles of beer consist of seasonal, flagship and originals such as Flat Creek Swam Water, Weekend Wit, What the Ale? and Creek Bottom Brown. The brewery is outfitted with a 15 barrel brewhouse and will offer tours, beer & wine tastings. A classic menu has been created by the owners, who have over 10 years of restaurant experience, and a team of Chefs. The brewery will also have a private room available to rent for corporate or private functions.
The head brewer, Nikki Koontz, has been a welcome addition to Morgan Ridge in 2015, with over 7 years brewing experience at Carolina Blonde, Nikki has brought the quality and selection of ales to another level. Her knowledge of the craft beer industry is extremely vast and we are lucky to have her on our team. We will offer a selection of 16 craft brews on tap, that everyone will find a favorite. We will also serve Morgan Ridge Vineyard Red & White wine for those that prefer a glass with of vino with their meal. So bring some friends, family, and coworkers and stop by for a nice cold pint from the newest Brewery in Rowan County!! We look forward to seeing you soon!!