Welcome to Treehouse Vineyards!!
We look forward to your visit
and here is a little bit about us and
how our vision became a reality.
Did you know that before prohibition, North Carolina was the largest
wine producing state in the United States?!!
Hello, my name is Phil Nordan, and that fact has intrigued me for a
long time. If North Carolina was so good then, why not now? We have had grape vines on our Monroe, NC farm for over 50 years and have been making wine for personal use for many years.
As a kid growing up on a farm in eastern North Carolina, I built
many treehouses. In the spring of 1999, I decided it as time to build a
treehouse for adults - for my wife, Dianne, and me. This treehouse that
we now call Date Nite sits 30 feet in the air and overlooks the vineyard. The lower level was a treehouse for our daughter when
she was little. Since that time, we have received a lot of attention from
newspapers and national magazines about our treehouse. It is equipped
with a ceiling fan, couch, an outdoor fireplace, phone
(we don't always answer it), rocking chairs, and much more. The two
porches allow breathtaking view of the vineyards, our pond, and
This treehouse wasn't built for overnight stays so before we opened for business we built Papa's Dream. Learn more about booking that on our Treehouse Rentals page.
In 2004, we decided that it was time to plant a vineyard in
Monroe, NC. This was the beginning of Treehouse Vineyards.
We planted our first vines in the spring of 2005. Since that time, we
have planted eight varieties of Muscadines.
Muscadines are native to this area; therefore, they can be grown
organically. We have been students of nutrition for over 25 years and are really excited about the potential for organically fertilized grapes. There is a very distinct taste difference in wines that have been organically fertilized.
In the 1920's, Dr. Charles Northern, a retired Alabama physician
living in Orlando, Florida, did a tremendous research project to determine the importance of colloidal minerals in our diet. Plants do not manufacture minerals - minerals have to be in the soil to be absorbed by the roots of the plants. Unfortunately, there is not an even layer of minerals spread over the entire earth.
When plants are taken out of their original environment, they
will be lacking in the necessary colloidal minerals to keep them healthy. Dr. Northern grew plants that were healthy and unhealthy simply by controlling the application of minerals. The healthy and unhealthy plants intertwined.
The bugs ate the unhealthy but did not touch the healthy plants. He grew rosebushes between rows that were riddled by insects. He states, "A healthy plant, however grown in soil properly balanced, can and will resist most inspect pest".
This information, Senate Document No. 264, was read before the
U.S. Senate on June 5, 1936 and is available today. Most people buy
wine because it tastes good, not because it is healthy. We know from
experience that healthy grapes will make an excellent tasting wine.
Among our different varieties at Treehouse Vineyards, one came
directly from "The Mother Vine" in Manteo, NC. This vine is historically documented to have existed in 1584 and is the oldest cultivated vine in America. In 1584, the first expedition led by Amadas and Barlowe explored the Carolina Outer Banks. In their report to Sir Walter Raleigh, they noted that the land was .... so full of grapes as the very beating and surge of the sea overflowed them.
Before planting in the spring of 2005, we had to prepare the
vineyard. The first task was to get soil samples and prepare the soil. A good muscadine vineyard should have a PH of about 6.5 - 6.8. Next, we installed the vine trellis system that holds the vines. The vines are 15 feet apart and the rows are 11 feet apart. This gives each vine plenty of sunshine, which is very important for the growth and quality of the grapes.
The quantity of grapes is not the most important factor - it's the
quality that is most important. Too many grapes can affect the acid
and sugar content which is very, very important.
In the spring of 2005, we planted 50 vines of two varieties, Carlos
and Noble. These two varieties of muscadines are the most common in the muscadine wine industry in North Carolina. Both varieties were developed at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. These plants were about two feet tall when planted.
After five years of hard work, we opened for business on November 20, 2010.
Come join us and enjoy the fruits of our labor. "You will be glad you did!"
Phil & Dianne
Ashley, Phillip & Ellis