LEWISVILLE, N.C. -- Westbend Vineyards and Winery is being sold by auction Friday after 43 years of success as a family business. Owner Alex Kroustalis said the decision to sell was not easy but describes the change as a time for his family to close this chapter and start another.
“It’s been a wonderful 43 years. It was mixed emotions and it was tough. It wasn’t a decision that was made overnight. We have a lot of people that supported us and we'll never forget that,” Kroustalis said.
Westbend Vineyards is named after the location on Williams Drive in Lewisville traditionally known as West Bend on the western bend of the Yadkin River.
In 1972, Kroustalis’ father began the vineyard as a hobby out of a love for European wine. The Vineyard opened to the public in 1988.
Williams and Williams Real Estate is conducting the auction on site at the vineyard and online Friday at 2 p.m.
Kroustalis said the 41-acre property includes 16 acres of mature vines, a renovated 1850s home, a 2,200-square-foot home previously occupied by the wine maker, a brew house, tasting room and winery filled with the latest technology to continue production.
“Stainless steel tanks, lots of French and American oak barrels, a very high-tech Italian-made bottling machine that’s a bottler and a labeler. We have everything anybody would need to do what we did here and then some,” Kroustalis said.
Kroustalis hopes the next owner will take advantage of their brand that has made its mark in the industry while keeping the values the family has built upon.