No reason to complain about High Country wines |


While winter is appreciated for the beautiful snowy landscapes and the cold weather which encourages trendy jackets, the season is also perfect for sitting at home by the fire with light music and a glass of wine. the hand.

The big decision is which wine will be in that glass. The High Country has many local wineries that can find the perfect drink for those relaxed nights.

Banner Elk Winery and Villa

Banner Elk Winery and Villa was Avery County’s first winery after it opened in 2005, and since then has established itself as one of the High Country’s premier wineries. He won awards including one gold, silver and two bronze for his products at the 2016 North Carolina State Fair.

Besides wine, Banner Elk Winery and Villa offers numerous guest suites and is a destination wedding venue.

Grandfather Vineyard and Cellar

Originally a hobby vineyard, Grandfather Vineyard and Winery at Banner Elk grew into a business and opened in 2011. Talk about a scenic view: the Watauga River flows through the middle of the property.

Grandfather Vineyard and Winery offers shipping of its products to approximately 34 states. Products range from $ 9.95 for the 22-ounce cider to $ 26.95 bottles of Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon.

The cellar tasting room allows customers to choose from four tasting experiences: eight dry wines for $ 10, four dry reds for $ 6, four dry whites for $ 6, or four sweet wines for $ 6. Reservations are not required for the tasting room, and the area accepts pets.

For a group of eight or more visitors, it is requested to call 48 hours in advance.

Linville Falls Vineyard

Located at an elevation of 3,200 feet, Linville Falls Winery offers space for weddings, private events, classes and reservations.

Customers can have a kid-friendly and pet-friendly tasting experience. For older people, the wines chosen can be tasted in one-ounce portions with requests taken for a glass or a bottle. You can pair this with live music on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

This winery cultivates several types of grapes for its wine, such as Riesing, Seyval Blanc, Noiret, Marquette, Petit Verdot and Foch; so there is something for everything. The farm also grows blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, heirloom apples, pumpkins and Christmas trees.

Thistle Meadow Winery

Thistle Meadow Winery is Alleghany County’s premier winery. Thistle Meadow offers 30- to 45-minute wine tours and wine tastings, with each guest enjoying up to five wines.

There is a variety of 60 different wines to choose from; selections can be found in dry red, dry white, blush / sweet and cooking wines. Examples of wines include Bourgeron, an easy-drinking taste with flavors of fresh berries, Feather Bed White, which has hints of green apple, melon and citrus, and Double Black, with a taste of sweet black cherry. and Pinot Noir.

The winery was recently ranked third among North Carolina wineries by the South Eastern Winery Review and received a perfect “10” for usability.

Thistle Meadow can create custom wines and blends as well as private label products.

MenaRick vineyard and cellar

MenaRick Vineyard & Winery is a family-owned Wilkes County vineyard specializing in Spanish and Portuguese grape varieties.

The winery chooses not to filter its products, believing that this helps to keep the authenticity of the aroma and flavor of the wine intact. MenaRick currently offers 10 wines to taste in its tasting room, including blackberry and peach wines, a Portuguese-style Vinho Branco wine, and a light red Grenache wine. Bottles of wine can also be purchased for $ 21 to $ 27, depending on the wine.

Roaring River Vineyards

Roaring River Vineyards is another winery located in Wilkes County, which officially opened in 2016.

Roaring Rivers offers a selection of six wines such as its crunchy Chardonnay, a Franco-American hybrid of its Chambourcin wine and the Traminette wine with grapefruit and citrus flavors.

Wine lovers can enjoy tastings of up to six different wines for $ 10, a glass of wine for $ 8, or a bottle of wine for $ 24. Reservations are required for groups of eight or more.

Roaring River Vineyards also offers dining and lodging options.

For more information on Roaring River Vineyards, call (336) 957-2332.