‘Haunted’ winery in Mount Airy home to a ‘Restless Soul’

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MOUNT AIRY, N.C. -- While the Old North State Winery in Mount Airy is known for its wine, not everyone knows the building is considered "haunted" by many after an explosion at the building nearly 90 years ago.

Mount Airy is home to the world's largest open-faced granite quarry. Where there's granite there will be dynamite and, occasionally, a grudge.

"Midkiff's Hardware, which was in that building (next to winery), planted dynamite charges on our storefront and blew the storefront off our building," Winemaker Ben Webb said.

That incident happened 90 years ago and the building sat vacant until Belks bought it. After it was purchased, the company found part of a skeleton of a victim possibly killed in the explosion.

Now, Winemaker Ben Webb said the Old North State Winery is blossoming.

"We deliver to between 900 and 1,100 retail outlets a month. We sell wine everywhere from Wal-Mart, Costco, Sam's, Total Wine, Harris-Teeter, Lowe's Food Lion, you name it," said Webb.

The winery has over a dozen wines, but 'Restless Soul' is their best seller.

"It is a red blend dedicated to the spirit in this building.  What better way to dedicate a wine to this restless soul that inhabits our building?" said Webb.

The winery also has a 'Bare Bones' chardonnay.

Webb has had dozens of paranormal investigators bring in their gear to check it out and all of them say something exists at the winery.

"This building is haunted," Webb said.

Webb, his family and workmates say that even when there is no one else in the building, they can hear footsteps and hear doors opening and closing.

Webb said the creepy "ghosts" are certainly help business.

"It's a good time of year for a haunted wine," Webb said.

For more information about the Old North State Winery, oldnorthstatewinery.com.