It was founded in 1982 by Dr. Don Panoz who came from the pharmaceutical industry. The Winery also hosts two dining establishments including a French restaurant and a Mediterranean style restaurant. In addition the Winery features the Viking Culinary Studio, a purpose built facility which hosts cooking classes and cooking demonstrations.
The resort also functions as an inn with 257 rooms, 25,000 sq. ft conference center, multiple indoor and outdoor wedding venues, golf club with three 18 hole golf courses and 9-hole par 3 course, day and overnight spa facilities, seven restaurants, art gallery, a wine market and wine tastings.
The vineyards are currently growing primarily Muscadine grapes. A special section of the vineyard located behind the Winery is currently experimenting different hybrids and American native varieties such as Edelweiss, Foch, and Norton. The Winery is currently producing Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Viognier, Merlot, Port style wine, a white blend Belle 211, a red blend Scarlet 211 and Muscadine wines which include Duncan Creek, and three fruit infused variations Summer Wine (peach), Spring Blossom (strawberry), Autumn Blush (raspberry). In 2012 three additional Muscadine wines were vinted featuring a drier version of the Muscadine wine called Muscadry, a Blush/Rosé Pink Muscadry, and a sparkling Moscato D'Asti D.O.C.G.