Crest of the Blue Ridge Wine Country
Henderson County is home to North Carolina’s newest wine county, located in the lower elevations of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Three wineries produce classic wines from European vinifera grapes and French-American hybrid grapes, as well as sweeter wines crafted from grapes native to North Carolina.
Our wine region, known as the Crest of the Blue Ridge, was named an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in the summer of 2019. This prestigious federal designation recognizes Henderson County as a bona fide wine region worthy of a visit.
Henderson County earned the AVA designation with its distinctive soil, climate and elevation. Warm days and cool mountain nights during the growing season, along with the right soil and water quality, provide favorable conditions for grape production in and around Hendersonville.
The first winery to open in the county was Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards in 2012, followed by Burntshirt Vineyards in 2013, and Point Lookout Vineyards in 2018.
Burntshirt Vineyards typically produces 15-20 wines each season. The wines range from classic dry varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and a Dry Rosé to sweeter wines such as Riesling, Vidal Blanc and port. Burntshirt also pays homage to Hendersonville apple country with an apple wine.
Burntshirt’s facilities include a tasting room with two tasting bars, an outdoor patio and gazebo for tastings and live music, a food truck, and an events center for weddings and celebrations. Burntshirt operates a second tasting room near Chimney Rock.
Marked Tree Vineyard
Marked Tree Vineyard, located at an elevation of 2,300 feet on the Eastern Continental Divide, is Flat Rock’s first winery. It offers 10 wine varieties made with European vinifera and French-American hybrid grapes in a picturesque setting, surrounded by panoramic views. Grapes include Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Grüner Veltliner, Chardonel and Vidal Blanc. Marked Tree is open Thursdays through Mondays and guests may choose between the indoor tasting room and an outdoor patio. Vineyard tours are also available on Saturdays. Open Thursdays through Mondays. Vineyard tours are available on Saturdays. 623 Deep Gap Road, Flat Rock, NC, 828-513-3773
Point Lookout Vineyards is located atop a 3,000-foot mountain with 270-degree panoramic views of the Blue Ridge from its well-appointed open-air tasting room. The vineyards cascade down the mountain from the tasting room on land that was once an apple orchard. Point Lookout’s 11 wines include six reds, four whites and a rosé, with such varietals as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Riesling, Dry Riesling and two types of Chardonnay.
Point Lookout’s impressive tasting room, made from redwood timbers harvested in Canada, is an ideal place for individual visits, groups and celebrations. There is a regular offering of live music and food trucks, and the facility can accommodate weddings/events up to 300 people.
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards Henderson County’s first winery operates a vineyard and tasting room at an elevation of 2,300 feet, with a second vineyard at nearly 3,000 feet in elevation. The winery features both indoor and outdoor tasting areas, along with a regular schedule of live music and other events. From 14 varietals of grapes, Saint Paul produces a range of wines including Riesling blends, Cabernets and Chardonnays, each with dry and semi-sweet versions.
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards has two other venues aside from the main winery. It operates Appalachian Ridge Artisan Ciders in a renovated 1940s barn surrounded by apple trees, as well as a state-of-the-art tasting room and event venue in nearby Flat Rock.
Sawyer Springs Vineyard
Small and purposeful is the mission of Sawyer Springs. This winery is a family-run operation on land that has been farmed by the same family for six generations. Sawyer Springs produces vintages in small batches served in a rustic tasting barn. Grape varietals include: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot, Riesling and Muscadine. There is also a selection of fruit wines made from blueberries and strawberries. 124 Sandy Hill Lane, Hendersonville, NC. 828-698-4383
Stone Ashe Vineyards
Hendersonville’s newest winery is set to open in summer 2020. A state-of-the-art 2,000-square-foot tasting room rests on a bluff overlooking a pond surrounded by vineyards. Stone Ashe’s goal is to use the terroir of Henderson County’s Crest of the Blue Ridge American Viticultural Area to produce wines for the world stage using classic grape varietals such as Merlot. 736 Green Mountain Road, Hendersonville, NC 843-343-2080