A Glimpse of: Boaz, AL

Boaz, AL

The factory outlet stores in Boaz, Ala., are a popular destination.

Photo by Tracey Trumbull.

Stop off Interstate 59 and visit a newly renovated downtown known for antique shopping and Southern charm.

Boaz is a close-knit community.

But step out of your car and find a town with tasty restaurants, frequent celebrations like the annual Antique Tractor Show and a fall beauty show.

Drive five miles down the road and visit a North Alabama vineyard and winery for a blend of sweet and savory wines grown locally on Sand Mountain.

— Compiled by staff writer Joy Lukachick

jlukachick@timesfreepress.com

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Best Kept Secret

A taste of Alabama. Take a drive past the historic buildings at Snead State Community College and go five miles outside of Boaz for a taste of Jules J. Berta Vineyards.

  • The seven acres atop Sand Mountain produce an array of flavors from a Chardonnay to a Sylavaner, grown with an imported Hungarian grape.
  • Owner Jules Berta Jr. also makes wines from grapes grown by local farmers. A signature product is the blackberry fruit wine, mixed with fresh blackberries and red wine aged in oak.
  • Wine tasting is offered inside the cozy store at 1409 Darden Ave. in Albertville from Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tours throughout the vineyard also are offered.
  • Inside the store find more than 15 types of cheeses imported from all over the world to complement your choice of wine.

Source: Jules J. Berta Vineyards