Charlie Shelton, Partner

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From the time he put in his first cash crop at age 12, Charlie Shelton has had a passion for doing things with his own two hands. His most recent endeavor, Shelton Vineyards, which he started with his brother, Ed, is no exception. In 1994, after running several successful businesses together, (Fortis Homes, King Sash and Door Company, Carolinas’ Distribution Services, The Shelton Companies, and Shelco, Inc.), they purchased an old dairy farm with the goal of bringing business to the area where they grew up.

Turns out that old dairy farm happened to be in the heart of the Yadkin Valley, which according to agricultural experts, shares a similar climate and growing season to that of France’s famed Burgundy region. As a well-traveled wine enthusiast, Charlie recognized the dairy farm was the ideal spot to build a state-of-the-art vineyard.

In 1999, Shelton Vineyards held its groundbreaking ceremony and soon after, Charlie began organizing the Yadkin Valley Wine Growers’ Association where he served as the first president. Through the association, he helped get a $250,000 federal grant to open a wine store in Concourse E at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. In 2003, after years of hard work, he and Ed successfully petitioned the federal government to recognize the Yadkin Valley as North Carolina’s first AVA (American Viticultural Area).

Charlie lives with his wife, Sandy. They have two children, Amanda Shelton Houser (Mrs. Todd Houser) and Charles M. Shelton, Jr. (Chip) of Charlotte, NC.

Ed Shelton, Partner

After spending the majority of his adult life away from Surry County, Ed Shelton returned to his roots to launch his newest venture with his brother Charlie. In 1994, after running several successful businesses together, (Fortis Homes, King Sash and Door Company, Carolinas’ Distribution Services, The Shelton Companies, and Shelco, Inc.), Ed and Charlie purchased an old dairy farm with the goal of bringing business to the area where they grew up.

Turns out that old dairy farm happened to be in the heart of the Yadkin Valley, which according to agricultural experts, shares a similar climate and growing season to that of France’s famed Burgundy region. As well-traveled wine enthusiasts, the brothers immediately recognized the dairy farm was the ideal spot to build a state-of-the-art vineyard. In 2003, after years of hard work, he and Charlie successfully petitioned the federal government to recognize the Yadkin Valley as North Carolina’s first AVA (American Viticultural Area).

Ed resides in Dobson, NC with his wife, Dotti. They have three children, Jennifer Egues (Mrs. Michael Egues), Lydia Surles (Mrs. Mark Surles) of Charlotte, NC and Winni Shelton of Atlanta, GA.


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George Denka, President

A native of Beaufort, SC, George Denka brings over 30 years of experience in the wine industry to Shelton Vineyards. He has held various positions with Fortune 500 companies as a distributor and importer sales executive and has also served as a wine judge, wine educator and guest lecturer at some of the top wine education programs and conferences on the East Coast. He has also been a member of organizing committees for two of the Southeast’s most prestigious wine events: Atlanta Wine Festival (now Atlanta Wine Summit), and Hilton Head Wine Festival.

Since joining the staff at Shelton Vineyards, George has been instrumental in establishing a distributor network throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. His knowledge about the industry and attention to detail are an intricate part of the development of Shelton Vineyards as the Yadkin Valley’s premier winery.

George currently resides in Dobson, NC with his wife, Martha. They have two children and two granddaughters.