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    Stephen Rigby joined our team at Laurel Gray as head winemaker on July 1st, 2015. Born in Mississippi, Stephen received his degree from Mississippi State University in 1977. His first job was working at the Enology (winemaking) Laboratory at the University. After two years, Stephen decided to hone his skills in the up-and-coming Virginia wine industry. After spending 18 years just north of the border, Stephen came south into North Carolina.

    He was instrumental in developing award-winning wine which helped catapult the new Yadkin Valley and Swan Creek AVA wine regions into popularity. Soon these wines could be found on the tables of wine drinkers across the country. At Laurel Gray we feel very fortunate to have the knowledge and experience of Stephen Rigby on our team. We are excited about what the future holds with Stephen guiding our way for both our companies, Laurel Gray Vineyards and Yadkin Valley Wine Company.

    “I have known Stephen for many years before he agreed to bring his talents to Yadkin Valley Wine Co. and Laurel Gray Vineyards. Ben and I are confident that Stephen will help us continue our drive for sustained excellence.” – Kim Myers