Wine Country

The Wine Country

Winter and the holiday season are about to get a little bit more spirited in the High Country.

 While long spells sitting alongside a roaring fire with hot chocolate and steamy apple cider have become a favorite pastime of many during the colder months in the mountains, new regional offerings are making the rounds, thanks to a burgeoning wine industry.

But how is this possible?

How can these naturally fortified beverages, which begin as locally grown grapes, possibly be sustained and cultivated in an area world renowned for its Fraser fir Christmas trees?

Well, what was previously thought of as being impossible is becoming a new reality in the High Country.

These hillside wineries have both the mettle and metal to prove it, too.

Several local vineyards have brought home silver and gold medals at the state level.

Take Grandfather Vineyard and Winery, for instance. 


Grandfather Vineyard and Winery

At the 2011 North Carolina State Fair, Grandfather Vineyard and Winery won a gold medal for its Ice Wince and bronze medals for its Terrace Gold and Profile Red wines.

Starting Dec. 1, the hours at the Grandfather winery will change. The vineyard will be close Tuesdays and open from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

These new hours will remain in place until May 15.

Dry tasting is $8 per person and $6 per person for sweet tasting. 

Grandfather has just released its Watauga River White, which is similar in sweetness to a moscato. 

Additional new wines will be coming out in January and February, which coincides with Grandfather’s next bottling period.

The winery is also preparing to premier new labels this winter. It has used the same original labels since opening in 2011. 


Banner Elk Winery

A short distance up the road from the Grandfather winery is the Banner Elk Winery, which debuted in 2006.

 According to the winery’s website, this venue also produces prize winning grapes into award winning wines.

The winery has brought home several national and international medals, including a gold medal from the 2012 NextGen Wine Competition in California and the N.C. State Fair. 


Banner Elk Winery & Villa

60 Deer Run

Banner Elk, NC. 28604

(828) 898-9090


Grandfather Vineyard

     & Winery

225 Vineyard Lane

Banner Elk, N.C. 28604

(828) 963-2400


Linville Falls Winery

9557 Linville Falls Highway

Newland, N.C. 28657

(828) 765-1400



Plumtree Valley Winery

4716 U.S. Hwy 19E

Plumtree, N.C. 28664

(828) 765-9696



Watauga Lake Winery

6952 Big Dry Run Road

Butler, Tenn. 37640

(423) 768-0345


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