Davidson, North Carolina, entrepreneur and winemaker Lindsey Williams will open Charleston Wine Co. at 63 S. Market Street this December. After the success of her first business, Davidson Wine Co., Williams was approached to open a similar wine bar and bottle shop in the former Charleston Winery space in downtown Charleston.
Heralded as an “urban winery,” Charleston Wine Co. will sell bottles made by Williams. Inspired by her travels to West Coast and Italian vineyards, she took interest in the science and art of making wine and enrolled in a course to become a winemaker. She left her previous career as a corporate lawyer to open Davidson Wine Co. According to the announcement, Williams is part of the only one percent of winery owners who are African American.
Williams sources grapes from around the globe and processes them at her facility in Davidson. Her bottles range from merlot, pinotage, chardonnay, gewurztraminer, petit verdot, and more. Charleston Wine Co. will serve a rotating variety of 18 of Williams’s wines. She says they will have something for everyone, from “very very sweet to cabernets.”
Wine sold at Charleston Wine Co. will have area-inspired titles like Lowcountry, Cougar Red, Gullah Geechee, Sweetgrass, Market Street, and 843.
Williams said she will bring the “super-chic glam vibe” from her Davidson shop to her new establishment, but keeping touches of the historic Lowcountry in place. Once open, 20 to 25 customers will be able to sit at the bar or tables to order glasses of wine, charcuterie, and desserts. Williams says she hopes to team up with local restaurants for a series of pop-ups.