A Taste of Bordeaux in the Blue Ridge – Visit one of the many beautiful vineyards in Hendersonville Nc

One of the best vineyards in Hendersonville NC - Stone Ashe

The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and the hillsides of Europe are separated by thousands of miles. But spend a few days visiting the beautiful vineyards in Hendersonville, NC — sipping bold, dry reds and crisp whites, and admiring rolling vineyards — and you might think you’re on the other side of the Atlantic.

Stone Ashe Vineyard - vineyards in Hendersonville NC

The Newest NC Wine Country

Hendersonville’s Crest of the Blue Ridge AVA received federal designation in 2019. It’s become our state’s newest wine country. There are seven wineries adding to a statewide total that now tops 200. The area has long been known for agriculture, with the apple crop consistently ranking among the top 20 in the nation. There are several conditions that make Hendersonville a prime apple location. The warm days and cool nights being one. That paired with the right soil composition and humidity also work well for growing grapes.

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When they opened Stone Ashe Vineyards in 2020, owners Craig and Tina Little wanted to replicate the winery experience of Bordeaux, France. They were in search of a vineyard with steep slopes, a moderate climate and comparable soil conditions. They found their perfect terroir on a 2,700-foot mountain just outside Hendersonville. Vines were cloned from legacy vines in France and carefully planted by the Littles.

Best Vineyards In Hendersonville NC

“The idea was to take clones that were used to the same climate in which they had grown for a thousand years in Bordeaux and put them in a similar climate here,” Craig Little says. “We want to educate people on North Carolina wines, showing we can grow quality grapes here for remarkable wine that’s on par with other regions.”

The Types Of Wines From Vineyards In Hendersonville NC

Across the Crest of the Blue Ridge, vineyards produce high-quality classic wines. You can find a variety from European vinifera and French-American hybrid grapes. These include Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Riesling and Vidal Blanc. Hendersonville’s newest winery, Souther Williams, has reached deeper into the European continent. They are producing varietals such as Blaufränkisch, Gruner Veltliner, Regent and Saperavi.

A group takes in the wine and views at a vineyard in Hendersonville, NC

To learn more about North Carolina’s newest wine region, go to www.VisitHendersonvilleNC.org.