Randal Wilson is the winemaker for Southern Oak Wines produced at White Oak Vineyards in Alabama. Together with his wife and business partner, Dana, they run the winery operation and farm year round. The land sits at 1000 ft. elevation, midway between Birmingham and Atlanta, not far off the Interstate 20 corridor. The land is beautiful and the view especially stunning as visitors look out onto rolling hills and valleys. Mt. Cheaha State Park, the highest elevation in Alabama, is a short 20 miles away and provides a wonderful mountain get-away for families who enjoy hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities.
We are a small farm winery in North Central Alabama. The first vines at White Oak were planted in 1998 and now produce fruit for most of our wines. Grapes currently flourishing include over 8 varieties of Muscadines, plus several French hybrid varieties for our dry wines. These include Villard Blanc, Chardonnel, and Norton. We are excited to be part of a new venture between the Alabama Winery and Grape Growers Association and Auburn University that recently brought in disease resistent traditional grape varieties (such as Chardonnay) cultivated at the University of California at Davis. In December, 2010, Association members and staff from Auburn planted over 300 vines at an experiment station in Clanton, Alabama. We hope to be able to successfully grow many of these new Pierce Disease- resistant grape varieties which have been unsuccessful in the past. Stay tuned for the evolving story of these new plants!
THE TASTING ROOM
White Oak's tasting room opened in 2004. Dana is usually there pouring our wines every Friday afternoon from 1 to 6, and every Saturday from 10 to 6. We offer gift baskets, jams and jellies, syrup, honey from the farm, candles, and other items. Tastings are free, so come join us soon. Call us if you would like a special appointment.