Richard Childress has nurtured a vision for Childress Vineyards from the days when
NASCAR began racing in California and he began going to wineries with friends.
When Richard approached award-winning
winemaker Mark Friszolowski regarding the
construction of a winery in his native North
Carolina, he wanted to know one thing: could
Mark craft world-class wines here. The answer is
the primary mission and the vision for Childress
"To craft world-class wines in North Carolina
and to promote North Carolina wines and the
Yadkin Valley AVA."
Influenced by long-time friend and now winery partner Greg Johns, Richard embarked
on the construction of the largest state-of-the-art winery in North Carolina.
The 35,000 square-foot winery at Childress Vineyards is a tourist destination, with a conveniently accessible location at the crossroads of Highways 52 and 64 in Lexington, NC, just one exit from the popular RCR Museum, which houses 40 years of cars and racing memorabilia from Richard's teams, including that of the late Dale Earnhardt.
Beyond the winery and into the vineyards, Richard hopes that Childress Vineyards can help
preserve the agricultural heritage of the area. His vision is that land once farmed with
tobacco could be transformed to grape growing. He and his team at Childress Vineyards
are committed to helping that become a reality. In fact, Mark comes from the the largest
premium winery on Long Island where he helped the area evolve from traditional potato
farming into wine country. Thus, the vision continues.
"To become a tourist destination that enriches the lives of those who visit and
the communities of Lexington and Davidson County that surround it."