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From Winery, Cabin, Restaurant and Zipline Visitors via email:


See review/Blog Post written by Eliane Baggenstos and Damian Schmidt



Just a quick note to let you know that everything was fantastic on Saturday. We had a great meal (love the batter fried green beans!!) and discovered a couple of new favorite wines, which we stocked up on. Thanks for setting it up for us. I look forward to working with you again soon!

- Tom November 2015


"What a beautiful and exhilirating ride!  The leaves were changing colors and we even saw nesting turkeys on our ride!  Dinner in the restaurant was a perfect finish for our family celebrating birthdays.  There were 13 of us and we are so glad we celebrated here"

Jill - October 2015

We had a great time in our 4-day stay in your cabin.  It was spotless, wonderfully equipped and set above the trees, so beautiful!  The zip line was a lot of fun and we discovered a fascinating old cabin on our morning walks with an inspirational Mercedes parked in the front yard.  Neil and Jennifer were so hospitable and so proud of their winery and restaurant and rightly so!  We have told many people about our stay with you and we wish you all continuing success!
- Sharon & Steve August 2015
Thank you so much for a wonderful visit at Sanders Ridge Winery.  As new members of Harvest Hosts we were pleased with our first overnight experience.  After a full day of travel,  we were happy to conclude our day with a wine tasting and delicious family style dinner in your restaurant.  We were especially appreciative of the opportunity to camp overnight in the field next to your vineyard.  It was a perfect setting and we look forward to recommending you to others.  
Harvest Hosts guests David & Laura June 2015
"Our morning zip line trip was great fun and a fitting end to our Sanders Ridge experience.  Wine tasting and dinner at the Hearth were superb.  (Your family) and the rest of your staff made us feel very welcome.  We hope to visit again in years to come."  Becky, May 2015
Hey Chef Christian, Jennifer, & Sanders staff,
I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our supper Saturday night (Valentine's)!  Camela got the filet & shrimp and I got the chicken & crab cake.  I must say the crab cake may be the best I've ever eaten.  I stuck my head in the window and told the chef.  We were completely STUFFED when we left.  Thanks again,

(February 2015)
Hi Jennifer,
I speak for everyone, we wanted to let you know what a great time we all had and appreciated your thoughtful gifts, your are very sweet.  The zip lining was very creative and your guides Ben & Kaleb were awesome.  The wine was delicious as well as the food and I'm sure we will be back.
October 2014
Hey Jennifer,

Thank You!

A GREAT lunch with a warm friendliness from all at Sanders Ridge!

Carol and I thoroughly enjoyed the day including a relaxing afternoon in your vineyard!  Thank You and your family so much.
Also, I knew (Chef) Christian's parents and grandparents back in the 50's and 60's.  He's a great chef!

Looking forward to another trip up there.

Take Care!

Carol & Mike
October 2014


Thank you for a great weekend getaway! We loved your Wine,Cabin, & Dining. We hope to visit you again. Thank you.  -- Heather & Brian

September 2014


Jennifer, The rehearsal dinner was perfect! Everything turned out so well. Everyone had a great time and loved the atmosphere at sanders ridge, I could'nt of picked out a prettier place for Taylor and Morgan's special evening. All the guest raved about the great food and wine! Thank you so much for all your help and making it such a wonderful memorable night. We will be back for sure to enjoy the good food! Thank You, Kyndal & Terry Church

July 2014


Good morning,  
My lady friend and I came up Saturday and met Neil.  We sampled the 5 wines and stayed for supper...which was delicious.  It is a great venue, matched by the food and wines!!!  Thank you, 


June 2014


Jennifer and Sanders Ridge staff,

I wanted to tell you THANK YOU so much for all that you guys did for our wedding.  It went so smoothly and everybody in
the crowd got the shock of their life.  Everywhere I go people are talking about it and I don't fail to mention how wonderful you guys were in making the night perfect.  I have received numerous compliments on your wine and the food.  Most of the people have even said it was one of the best meals they have ever eaten.  My compliments to Starr and her team for providing
an excellent meal with excellent presentation.  It was above and beyond my expectations!  I have recommended several people to you guys for functions of different sorts because I was so impressed.  Also, I want to thank your dad for being so generous by sharing his car with us.  It was so fun to
have him pick us up and drive us home. He is such a nice man and it was a pleasure to spend the last few moments before the surprise chatting with him. There were a lot of comments on the car and how awesome it was for us to arrive in style.  In fact, it helped pull off the surprise because every one was wondering who was in the Chevy because we weren't in our cars.  I
can not begin to tell you how special of a night it was and it went perfectly thanks to you guys.  We didn't even have any fainters........we did have some that couldn't get their jaw off the ground but other than that...it was perfect.  You guys even managed to have 70 degree weather in November.....you are a full service facility  :)  So THANK YOU, THANK YOU,
THANK YOU!!!  I hope to have another function again there sometime......I want to do the whole night over again!


Laurie and Scott Griffis


April 2012 from our surprise wedding couple


Dear Neil and Cindy:


We've now had the distinct pleasure of having visited Sanders Ridge on a half-dozen occasions since 2009 and each and every new visit seemingly brings delightful new surprises.  I cannot even begin to tell you at what a unique atmosphere you've cultivated at your gorgeous "mountain lodge-like" building setting.  As a matter of background information, we've now had the pleasure of visiting 47 wineries (so far) throughout NC since 2008. 


However, from the moment we pull into the Sanders Ridge front entrance area, we begin experiencing the "warmth of anticipation" for the experiences to come.  We firmly believe that Sanders Ridge represents more than just a winery (we've been to plenty of those throughout the state), rather - you provide a superb balance of well thought-out experiences that just keep growing with each and every visit.  We obviously enjoy many of your wines and please....do all you can to keep Chef well entrenched at Sanders Ridge.  We still keep raving about your Fried Green Tomatoes and of course, awesome Pimento cheese!  We've had nothing but consistently excellent culinary experiences at your Restaurant and coupled with the ambiance that you've managed to carefully cultivate, it just doesn't get any better than this!


We hope to spend a full day there next time we visit - coordinating a schedule to participate in your zip line set-up, include a nature/bird trail event, do a wine tasting (a good excuse to try more of your wine), and then to cap it all off by having a wonderful dining experience in the Restaurant.  Sanders Ridge has evolved into much more than just a winery.  It provides visitors with a series of experiences that when blended together, just make you feel.....well, damn good!!!  There's no other way to say it.




Ben and Jane Herrmann

Fuquay Varina, NC

December 2011

What a great time we had at the restaurant!!! Great atmosphere, food and wine! Thanks for the hospitality!!!

Cathy O.
Rocky Mount Senior Center
August 2011

I wanted to go some place we had never been before.  It was our 45th wedding anniversary.  We came to Sanders Ridge.  The meal and time spent was wonderful.  We hope to come back soon, maybe this Thursday for the pot roast.

Thanks for a great evening,


August 2011

Our group is two girls, two sets of parents, and two sets of very proud grandparents.  For a number of years, our group has shared Sunday brunch after dance recital weekend.  Today we visited with you.  The atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable, the food was great, and after our meal we enjoyed watching the fish and turtles, taking pictures, and more visiting.  
This evening,  my husband  and I are enjoying some of your Chambourcin. 

I think I can say for all of us---Thanks for a lovely afternoon. 

May 2011

I recently was a guest at your winery/restaurant and zip line adventure. As one of the members of a large group, I want to take this opportunity to commend your facilities ability to accommodate and impress us all. It was an awesome surprise! 
With 14 guys, our day started out with a thrilling ride on the Zip Line that covers the raven on the property. Rhett and Justin were awesome guides and the experience and extra effort they put into our morning was appreciated by each and everyone of us. Who knew that being tethered to a cable high in the tree tops could be so energizing!

After we all completed the Canopy Tour we made our way to the amazing restaurant at the winery. First thing in the morning we got to meet the Chef. Her wit was a refreshing note and one of the charms of coming to such a unique business set in triplicate. The menu choices were a great surprise with combinations and flavor mixes for everyone's palette. As the plates came out to each of us, the presentation was jaw dropping to everyone, and for the reasonable prices we could not believe the abundant portions and freshness of the foods. 

Finally to top it all off, the wine selection was perfect for the mix of palettes within our group. Several of us even had to take a few bottles home with us for a future occasion. The wine at your vineyard and winery set the note to great conversation and was a relaxing finish to a day of gathering with great friends. 

Highly impressed,
Sheldon Winston-Salem, NC 
March 2011


I wanted to take a moment to say Thank You for the amazing time on Saturday.  My friends and I were so happy with the overall experience.  Zip lining with the “boys” Rhett and Justin was so much fun.  Then to finish the afternoon off with  your absolutely fabulous food was fantastic.  Needless to say the wine was delicious as well.  Again, Thank you for the most excellent time.  We had some very happy birthday boys.  We will definitely be back!  Please pass along our thanks the Rhett and Justin as well.  Take care, Keith Burns March 2011

I wanted to let you know that the food was delicious, the service was great and the atmosphere/grounds were beautiful.   We were very impressed and will definitely be back!

Thanks, Elizabeth February 2011



Hi Everyone at Sanders Ridge,
I just wanted to let you know that my husband and I were there yesterday and absolutely fell in love with your Winery. 
 The ambience of your beautiful building is like walking into a warm and inviting home.  The wine tasting was great with Sara.  She was extremely informative and fun.  Your selections of wines were wonderful.  I fell in love with the Carlos. I have never smelled an aroma from a wine that I could actually taste the same aroma on my tongue. We will definitely be back and bring friends!!!  Thanks for a wonderful experience. Cindy Sebrasky Jan 2010


Did the holiday wine tasting, was very pleased with the choices of wines and the restaurant food that provided was a nice surprise. I hope my next visit will not be too far away. Thanks for a very pleasant experience. Betsy January 2010


I live a good 3.0 hrs away from your winery and have visited your winery twice. I absolutely love your Carlos wine. Planning on joining your wine club soon. Wilma February 2010


3/21/2010. We had dinner at your restaurant today. The mussels were wonderful. They were so fresh I felt as if I was back home in Antigua and went down to the bay to pick them off the rocks. The other dishes we tried were also very good. We are in Elkin not far from you and are so glad we have discovered Sanders Ridge. Thank you. Please keep us informed of coming events.  Robert & Pam

You have a beautiful facility, very much enjoyed your Thursday dinner with our family Tuesday and Thursday are the only days we can leave our business. The food was wonderful no room for improvements. We will be sending our guests to you. Thanks Alan Scenic Overlook B&B March 2010


Interested in your organic farm and anything to do with food. Love, love, love the restaurant!!! Linda & Steve May 2010


We enjoyed late afternoon lunch at The Restaurant yesterday! What a hidden jewel you have. We will make sure to reveal your little nook to everyone we know who enjoys fine dining and wine. Blaine May 2010


We had dinner at The Big Woods last night. It was awesome. We will be back. Very interested in weekly menus and wine specials. Thinking about doing the Zip Line. Reginia June 2010


My best friend and I just visited your winery this past weekend for the first time, and we fell in love with it
Jennifer, June 2010



Phenomenal.  First Class. What other adjectives can I come up with to describe our dinner experience last evening. All of us had a wonderful time. Both the food and service were out of this world. And it's not always easy to pull that off on opening day.  I had to keep reminding myself I was in Boonville.  And I can't believe you put my name on that bar stool. What a hoot!!!  You guys are the greatest!  We can't wait to come back.  - Bonnie Lasky  (June 2009)


I had a wonderful dining experience at your restaurant on opening night and wanted to send my heartiest congratulations to the owners, chef, wait staff, and others who made this such a memorable evening. The locally grown vegetables were prepared in a European theme and the meal presentation and interesting flavors far exceeded my expectations. Everyone in our group of seven commented on how delicious their meal choice was. We had to remind ourselves that we were in Boonville! I may choose the sampler at my next visit. The atmosphere, meal, and excellent attention we received was quite commendable. It was a dining "event" and I hope to frequent there often. Your muscadine wine has risen to the top of my favorite list now too! Congratulations! Sorry I had to leave town and couldn't make the Sunday open house. Hope you will consider Sunday brunches in the future (if you haven't already). You have a winner nestled in the woods. Hope word spreads quickly...but also hope to be able to get in after the influx of locals discover you. Good luck for a long and successful future!! Penny Bovender Charlotte, NC  (June 2009)


Hi Cindy and Neil! Ken and I visited your Tasting Room on Saturday. We arrived back in Wake Forest today. We have visited 86 NC Wineries and wanted to tell you that yours is TOPS!!! Your wine is excellent; however, you need to keep Olivia and Kate there, with a glass of wine at hand, for some of the best entertainment in the country. Wishing you all the BEST!! Teresa and Ken Stallings (June 2009)


I visited your winery with a friend this weekend and had the BEST time. We talked all the way home about how nice everyone was, how accomodating, and how AMAZING the food and wine were. Thanks, and good luck!  Caryn Woodruff  (Sept 2009)


Hello Cindy, Neil, Starr and Kris,
Thank you for a lovely bridal luncheon last Saturday. Despite the chilly and wet weather, we enjoyed a warm and glowing afternoon with easy-going, yet attentive service, an informative wine tasting and of course a delicious lunch. All but myself and one other were new to Sanders Ridge, so I hope the luncheon will create some repeat business for you.  With much appreciation and best wishes for continued success, Roseann Rush  (October 2009)


I visited Big Woods for brunch this past Sunday and loved everything about your place - the food, the wine, the surroundings, the service...everything! Can't wait to visit again.  - Tara Ballard  (November 2009)


It was perfect--the drive, the weather, the stars, the place, the food, the conversation.  A perfect, perfect night.  thanks, Emily (December 2009)


We so enjoyed our visit yesterday. Your place was our last stop of the day and our favorite. Your story, wine, place and atmosphere are truly delightful. We can't wait to return for dinner and bring more friends with us. - Russell and Sonya Yeomans  (December 2009)


From Farm Members and Friends:

We had beets tonight – they were amazingly good.  Roasted with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, topped with some cracked pepper, feta and roasted walnuts. Served with quinoa and a tossed salad.  Let me tell you, I haven’t eaten beets since childhood and they were the canned kind.  There is no comparison with the fresh beets we get from your co-op.  Thanks for all you do – Lara


Dear Cindy & Neal,

            Your restaurant and wine tasting spot is just beautiful!    You should be so proud of all that you have accomplished.   We were very impressed with the warm welcome we received, Neal’s sons’ wine knowledge during the tastings, and the supper on Sunday.    It was so nice.

            Cindy, you are a great tour guide and cow herder, too!   Thank you for showing us all over Sanders Ridge Farm and kindly answering all of our questions.  My sister and her husband, and my husband, Jim, and I all loved seeing the fruits of your labor.      Thank you and keep up your good work!

            Again, we will not be members during the summer months, but will appreciate staying on the main newsletter to know of opportunities to buy veggies at Krankies and of other farm events (like new chicks being born!).  Thank you!   We learned so much!  Kind regards,  Marianne DeCristo


You have no idea how my weekly box has changed my eating habits!!  I NEVER bought chard, kale, or mustard greens. I didn’t even know what they looked like (I had to use the internet…so sad).  Only 2 weeks and we are eating better and I am cooking, with pleasure, rather than dreading it!!!   Thank you!!!!!! - Claire

Where to Find Us:

Sanders Ridge Winery & Restaurant

3200 Round Hill Rd

Boonville, NC 27011

Phone: 336-677-1700

GPS Coordinates:  36.196234  -80.671353




Winery Tasting Room  

Daily (EVERY day) - Noon-5 p.m.

Restaurant Hours
Mon 12 - 5pm
Tue  12 - 5pm

Wed 12 - 5pm
Thu  12 - 9pm (Family Style Supper)

Fri    11 - 9pm

Sat   11 - 9pm

Sun  11 - 3pm


Closed New Years Day Thanksgiving Day and
Christmas Eve and Day

Thursday August 16
Family Style Supper

Join us
5:30-8 p.m. for Thursday Family Style Supper with Roots' chefs Ben & Brent and Live Music with Austin!  


This week's menu:

Jambalaya with fresh garden veggies & herbs, chicken, shrimp & sausage served over jasmine rice.

$15/person, $7/ kids 3-12
Bar menu, homemade desserts, salad & vegetarian option also available!

Call 336-677-1700 and reserve your table. 



Yadkin Summer Whites

Saturday & Sunday, August 25 & 26


Tickets for this weekend tour include 11 wineries featuring a white wine sample paired with a small bite food sampling.  Only $25/person purchase tickets here or call 1-877-492-3546.  


Fight Like a Girl Fundraiser Music Festival 

Sunday, September 2 4-7 pm


Join us for this fun afternoon in the vineyard!  All proceeds go to benefit the Meme Brown Fight Like a Girl Scholarship Fund.  Bring your lawn chair!


~ Live music by Sam and Houston of Time Swayer, Austin Dando & the Ashley Harrison Band

~ Sangria

~ Appetizers

~ Cash beer/wine bar & light dinner menu available (please no coolers)





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