Grandfather Vineyard & Winery

Grandfather Vineyard Winery & Winery is one of many local establishments featured at Saturday’s Wine and Beer Festival.

Summer is here, and the High Country’s many wineries and breweries are operating in full swing.

In celebration of the area’s finest watering holes, the Avery County Chamber of Commerce presents the third annual Avery County Wine and Beer Festival, held this Saturday, June 27, from noon to 6 p.m.

The festival features seven local spirit destinations: Linville Falls Winery, Erick’s Cheese and Wine, Beech Mountain Brewing Co., Lost Province Brewing Co., Blind Squirrel Brewery, Grandfather Vineyard & Winery and Banner Elk Winery, the latter of which will host Saturday’s festivities.

In addition to local wineries and breweries, other local businesses will be in attendance to show what Avery County and the surrounding area has to offer. Some eateries will provide light samples, according to the chamber’s website.

Barbecued food will be available for purchase for those seeking something a little more filling, and festivalgoers have the option to buy bottles of wine and beer from the represented establishments. 

According to Melynda Pepple, executive director of the Avery County Chamber of Commerce, the three local wineries (Linville Falls, Grandfather Vineyard and Banner Elk) are always creating something new, and the best way to try what they have to offer is at a sampling such as this.

“Each (winery) to me is unique and different,” Pepple said. “This festival is just a fun thing to do on a Saturday afternoon.”

Tickets are just the cost of the sampling glass, which is $5 in advance from the chamber (4501 Tynecastle Highway, Banner Elk) or $8 at the door. 

In addition to food and drink, live music will be provided by performer Dylan Cable. 

“We’re excited to offer this type of event for the community and for our visitors — and to increase awareness of our award-winning breweries and wineries right here in our community,” Pepple said.

The festival is hosted at Banner Elk Winery, located at 60 Deer Run Lane in Banner Elk, and begins on June 27 at noon. For more information, call (828) 898-5605, or visit www.averycounty.com/avery-county-wine-a-beer-festival.

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