A Commitment to the Craft ...
Family owned and operated, Linville Falls Winery is the culmination of a life-long passion for wine by owner, Jack Wiseman. Wiseman has dreamed of growing grapes and opening a winery for more than 25 years, and now he and his family are pioneering a new High Country wine in Linville, North Carolina. Nestled in the lower end of Avery County near the Blue Ridge Parkway is a state of the art tasting room on a 40 acre farm with its staple grapes Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon, blueberries and raspberries. The winery is perfectly situated at 3200 feet with warm days, cool nights and minerally balanced soil. This magical combination of high elevation and microclimate terra produces a wine unique to the region with complex flavors creating award winning wines.
With over a million Christmas trees in production, Jack Wiseman has been at the forefront of the world-famous Fraser Fir Christmas Tree industry. Jack's passionate desire to grow, cultivate and harvest trees has led him to do the same with his vineyard.
To be completely dedicated to the craft of winemaking, Wiseman brought a seasoned and passionate wine maker to lead the wine making effort. Rick Donley was previously director of Appalachian State University’s enology and viticulture department and spent years as Wine Maker with Glen Ellen and Gundlach Bundschu wineries in Sonoma, California. His background includes a degree in enology and viticulture, a graduate degree in food chemistry and almost 30 years in the wine industry.
Together, Wiseman and Donley’s shared commitment to wine making excellence creates a symphony of world-class wines that are simply delicious.
Photo credit: Web site photographs by Linda Wiseman and Mary Putnam.