The Crest of The Blue Ridge: The Wineries of Hendersonville

The latest AVA of the great state of North Carolina is simply known as the Crest of the Blue Ridge, and currently features three wineries and one cidery. This latest AVA, or American Viticultural Area, came to life on July 17, 2019. Existing of over 14 commercial vineyards spread across 70 acres, this AVA will in the next several years expand from 3 wineries to roughly 6 or 7 commercial wineries. Take a trip out to the Hendersonville/Flat Rock/Lake Lure area of our state, and visit all these great North Carolina wineries.

Appalachian Ridge Artisan Cidery

731 Chestnut Gap Rd., Hendersonville NC 

Hours of Operation (hours may vary): Sun. – Th. 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Fri. – Sat. 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Tastings Available: $7 for 6 ciders OR $10 for 6 ciders + 2 spirits

Run by the same owners as Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards right across the street, Appalachian Ridge Artisan Cidery opened to the public in 2018. This cidery is housed in a restored 1920s-era barn which was converted into a tasting room. The tastings typically consist of six ciders and two spirits. The tasting room sits on land that overlooks a 29 acre orchard of French apple trees brought over from the Normandy region of France. So if you enjoy French-style ciders made with local North Carolina apples which are pressed and bottled onsite – then this is a must visit location while in Hendersonville.

Fun Fact: Appalachian Ridge is also home to Sharewell Coffee Co. and Roastery. WCB - Wild Cat Brothers Expresso Bar is located downstairs at Appalachian Ridge. Hours are Fridays from 7:30 a.m. – noon and Saturdays from 8 a.m. - noon.

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Burntshirt Vineyards

2695 Sugarloaf Rd., Hendersonville NC

Hours of Operation (hours may vary): Sun. – Th. 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Fri. – Sat. 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Tastings Available: $10 for 7 wines

Tours Available: Daily at 2 p.m.

Burntshirt Vineyards opened in the fall of 2013 and features its winery, tasting room, barrel room and crush pad – all onsite. Named from an old mountain lore, which says farmers would burn their fiends to clear land on Burntshirt Mountain for planting, and for good measures, toss their shirts in the fire for luck. Family run by Lemuel and Sandra Oates, the winery owns a total of 30 acres onsite as well as land on the Eastern Continental Divide on the Crest of the Blue Ridge. Burntshirt has won numerous awards which include medals in the 2012 International women’s Wine Competition for its Grüner Veltliner and Merlot.

Fun Fact: The winery also has a tasting room located at 438 Main Street in Chimney Rock, N.C.

Point Lookout Vineyards

408 Appleola Rd., Hendersonville, NC

Hours of Operation (hours may vary): Sun. - Th. – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Fri. - Sat. – 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tastings Available: $10 for 5 wines and 1 mead, or, $10 for 5 meads and 1 wine

New to the area, Point Lookout Vineyards opened in Hendersonville in June, 2018. Sitting at an elevation of 3,000 feet above sea level, the winery has a spectacular view of the beautiful North Carolina mountains. The winery, which is owned by Mike and Sabrina Jackson, is also home to World’s Edge Meadery. Point Lookout Vineyards began planting its vines in 2008 and currently the wine is being produced at Windsor Run Cellars in Hamptonville.

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Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards

588 Chestnut Gap Rd, Hendersonville, NC 

Hours of Operation (hours may vary): Mon. - Th. – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fri. - Sat. – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sun - 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tastings Available: 6 wines for $7 or all for $10

Established in 2008, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards offers a little bit of everything to its visitors. On a typical week, guests can enjoy the standard tasting as well as live music, special events, classes and pairing dinners. With over 20 wines and ciders in its portfolio, take a stop into the tasting room, and your bound to find something on the tasting menu at that time that suits your tastebuds. From the award-winning sweet blackberry wine, Home Place, to the robust Cabernet Franc, Queen. If you like white wines, try the stainless steel Vidal Blanc or its semi-sweet sister, Laurel Hill.

Fun Fact: Besides already reading above that Saint Paul also owns Appalachian Ridge Artisan Cidery, the winery recently opened up a second tasting room in Flat Rock, making it even easier to sample its wines.