Located at an elevation of 3,300 feet, overlooking the profile of Grandfather Mountain, and nestled on a 58°slope lies our estate hillside vineyard. Our distinctive terroir, including the challenging level of elevation, creates a flavor profile unlike any other in the grapes grown here. The Appalachian High Country, only recently recognized as an American Viticulture Area (AVA) in 2016, allows for a surprisingly high quality of wines. With less than 200 AVAs in the country, it is quite the feat to have our unique, multi-state designation here in the mountains. Hybrids grow extremely well in the cooler climate and wines often end up with high acidity and bold fruit flavors.
Our vines were first planted in 2003 and have been growing strong across five acres ever since. Although yields of our true mountain fruit are typically smaller, our vineyard is the home of 10 to 12 different varietals of wine grapes. Still, our climate and size make it impossible to grow everything. So, even though our wine production is done on site, we outsource grapes from around the county and state, as well as from Lodi, California to allow for the highest quality wines. On the other hand, the grapes grown here maintain an unparalleled flavor and hold their own in blends with more well-known California grapes. All thanks to the nurturing and hard-working efforts of our Vineyard staff, the fruits of our labors are unlike any other.
American Viticultural Area
An American Viticultural Area (AVA) is a designated wine grape-growing region in the United States distinguishable by geographic features, with boundaries defined by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) of the United States Department of the Treasury.
The Appalachian High Country AVA is a large 2,400-square-mile area spanning eight counties and three states. A total of 21 vineyards and 10 wineries are currently included in the AVA, with an additional eight vineyards planned in the near future.
One of the things that sets the Appalachian High Country AVA apart from surrounding areas is its elevation. Grapes are planted at elevations between 2,290 and 4,630 feet. More than half of the vineyards are located at or above 3,000 feet in elevation. In addition, more than half of the vineyards are planted on slopes with angles 30 degrees or more.
High Country Wine Trail
Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, St. Croix, Lando Noir, Chambourcin, Vidal Blanc, and more!