The Vintner’s Hill Experience

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If you haven’t been to Vintner’s Hill recently, you’re going to want to check it out.

Located in downtown Mint Hill near Town Hall, the wine bar and bottle shop offers not only an impressive selection of wine but also coffee, craft and domestic beers, and delicious small plates.  “We’re more than just great wine,” assures owner Chris Coy.

Vintner’s Hill offers a variety of filling small plates and shareables like a new and improved charcuterie board featuring artisan cheeses and local honeycomb and the tasty, popular and gluten-free cauliflower crust pizza.  “Our seasonal menu right now is all about strawberries, of course!” says Coy. Seasonal selections currently include a strawberry burrata and a sweet and savory flatbread with a fig jam base topped with goat cheese crumbles, strawberries, red onions and balsamic glaze.

Seasonal Strawberry Burrata

Back by popular demand are two pork-themed dishes, a flatbread and the “little piglet” sandwich featuring Penny’s Pimento Cheese. Trying to keep the menu as fresh and local as possible, Vintner’s Hill uses locally-sources pimento cheese, and their pork will soon be sourced directly from Two Fat Pigs BBQ, owned by Mint Hillian Jason Healey.  

With more than eighty wines to offer ranging from $18 to $100, the “new” Vintner’s Hill truly offers something to suit every taste and price point.  “Vintner’s Hill is not today what it was a couple of years ago,” says owner Chris Coy, referring to the restaurant’s previous ownership. “We are not exclusively for those who know all about wine or have an endless budget for wine.  We are for everyone.”

Vintner’s Hill’s outdoor patio

“We’re about giving the customer an experience,” continues Coy.  And that experience includes much more than just wine. “We’re a wine room, tap house and small plate type of establishment.  People come in here because they like the cozy atmosphere, and they love the ability of our staff to identify their taste buds and the wines they might like from the price point they like.”

Part of that experience for Coy is broadening his customers’ horizons when it comes to wine: exposing them to wines from outside Napa Valley and opening their eyes to the magic of pairing wine with the right food.  In mid-April, Vintner’s Hill hosted an Italian Wine & Small Plate Pairing that offered customers the opportunity to experience four different spring and summer wines from Italy thoughtfully paired with small, fresh plates.

“They didn’t like the wine necessarily by itself,” notes Coy, “but when they paired it with the food, they began to learn that experience of how to pair certain foods with the right level of acidity to bring out the cherries and the different notes in that wine.”

Coy also focuses on highlighting local North Carolina vineyards and farmers, helping patrons to understand that North Carolina is more than just muscadines.  On May 23, customers were treated to European-style wine from family owned and operated Jones von Drehle Vineyards and Winery paired with North Carolina cheeses.

Jones von Drehle wine and cheese pairing

With European-style espresso, fresh and affordable small plates, live music every Friday, tastings featuring local and international wines, wine and food pairings and even occasional four-course wine dinners, Vintner’s Hill is so much more than just a wine bar.  “We’re trying to bring something uniquely different to Mint Hill,” says Coy. “We don’t just want to be like every other restaurant. You’re not going to be able to get that four-course pairing anywhere else in Mint Hill and that’s what we strive for every day.”

“Uptown Mint Hill exists,” says Coy.  “People forget Mint Hill exists beyond Lawyer’s Road, but you don’t have to go to Charlotte for your bistro bottle shop.  Come on up this way! We’ve got a lot to offer.”

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Mary Beth Foster
Mary Beth Foster works part time as an essay specialist at Charlotte Latin School and full time as a mom to her five-year-old daughter Hannah and her two-year-old son Henry. Prior to having children, she worked as a high school English teacher for nine years. Most recently, she chaired the English department at Queen's Grant High School. She and her husband have lived in Mint Hill with their children and their cats since 2011.