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3 High Country Wineries Worth a Visit
"It took him 60 years. But at age 80, Jack Wiseman finally got his grapes. Born along western North Carolina’s North Toe River, just shy of the Tennessee line, Wiseman was raised among farmers and bootleggers, and learned early on the ways of both. But it was time spent with grapes in his grandmother’s kitchen that he remembers the most..."
Article by Virginia Brown
Fruits of the Vine
"What began as a tree farm on the winding two-lane road through Linville has become a getaway for many a weary traveler in need of a crisp, cool wine. Priding themselves on their mostly dry Rieslings, Linville Falls Winery also produces an array of French-American hybrids including complex grapes like Seyval and Marquette, both of which are blended to create a truly memorable dry Rosé. If you’re a fan of sweeter wines, Linville Falls has a decent selection, including a Blueberry wine. The 40-acre farm also grows raspberries and blueberries among its stunning spread of beautifully maintained vines."
Article by Johnathan Ammons
Linville Falls Winery Owner Brings Visions to Fruition
"Set on a 100-year-old, 40 acre Fraser Fir Christmas tree farm at about 3,200 feet, the Linville Falls Winery officially opened its doors in October 2012. It features Tuscan architecture and all the typical winery tours and tastings. Along with their own vinifera grapes, Cabernet-Sauvignon, and Riesling wines, they offer Merlot, Rose, and several delicious whites — along with specialty wines like Blueberry and a fortified Cherry Bounce."
Linville Falls Winery
"Conveniently located on Hwy 221 north of the Blue Ridge Parkway is the newest winery to the High Country. Linville Falls Winery opened in 2012 on a 40-acre farm with more than 8 varieties of vines on more than 8 acres. Family owned and operated, this is the life-long passion for owner Jack Wiseman..."
A Toast to the Wineries of the High Country
"Wiseman had a vision of growing grapes that would thrive in this area. Unlike the desert environment that is the Napa Valley of California, these mountainsides are best suited for fruits such as the Riesling grape. Linville Falls Winery has three fields of Riesling grapes growing at just about 3,200 feet..."
Article by Derek Halsey