Ancient Methods, Modern Sustainability:
Discover the taste of Stardust Cellars!
North Carolina, often referred to as the "Tar Heel State," is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, vibrant culture, and culinary delights. Among its hidden treasures are the local mead and wine, which captivate the palates of both residents and visitors alike. Experience the hidden flavors of North Carolina today!
Mead and Melons each have their origins in ancient human civilization. The Sān hunter-gatherers--indigenous to Southern Africa--first tasted mead after rains forced bees out of hives in the cavities of baobab trees. The abandoned honey combined with rainwater and wild yeasts and began to ferment; nature's own alchemy. Melons storing thirst-quenching moisture dotted the landscape, symbols of survival and self-sufficiency in the arid Kalahari. Migration towards the Nile brought these commodities to the Mediterranean, and centuries later, to the US South and Caribbean. After emancipation across the New World, members of the African diaspora continued to cultivate their ancient and lucrative crop in the sandy loams of the US South, Central America, and the Caribbean. Fearing successes of Black farmers during the 19th and 20th centuries, white supremacists turned the watermelon into a racist trope. In a joint effort to reject that image and reclaim the powerful and life-affirming origins of these ancient fruits, we partner with the nonprofit, beeYounited, to use profits from our Melon Mead to establish BIPOC-owned bee farms and pollinator sites across the US South.
Discover an array of artisan wines that capture the essence of North Carolina's diverse terroirs. From full-bodied reds and crisp, refreshing whites to exceptional meads, our portfolio offers the perfect wine for every palate. We invite you to browse through our extensive collection of natural and organic wine and mead, curated from the finest vineyards across North Carolina.
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Came in on our way home from the mountains as a quick stop and our server Nick was very awesome! Witty, informative, kind, and fast worker. Great place to stop if you’re passing through, better place to come by if you’re a local and want a nice spot to hang out at. They make their own mead (which is hard to find) and wines here too! Feels awesome to support local breweries/businesses.