High Country Wineries

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    While North Carolina boats over 100 wineries and has become a well-known viticulture destination, it’s not just the popular Yadkin Valley that offers tastings and tours. We have some very fine wine destinations right here in the High Country.

    1861 Farmhouse Restaurant & Winery
    Owned today by Steve & Alison Garrett, the winery features three silver medal and two gold meal winners on its wine list – River Run, Red Porch, Boulder Shadows, Victoria’s Vale, and The House. The Garretts encourage visitors to tour the winery and walk around the grounds, which include an organic garden. www.1861Farmhouse.com or call 828-963-6301

    Banner Elk Winery & Villa
    In 2006, the Banner Elk Winery established itself as the first commercial winery in Avery and Watauga counties. The winery processes its own grapes as well as other locally grown grapes and offers year-round tastings from noon until 6p.m. Tuesday through Sunday as well as tours of the vineyards Friday through Sunday at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. www.BannerElkWinery.com or call 828-898-9090

    Grandfather Vineyard and Winery 
    This family business began in 2003 when owner Steve Tatum planted the farm’s first grapevines as a hobby. Over time, the hobby turned into Grandfather Vineyard, the first producing winery in Watauga County. Visitors can stop in for a tasting from November 1 through March 31 from noon to 6 p.m., Thursday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. www.GrandfatherVineyard.com or call 828-963-2400

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