While we are always happy to see coverage of the Western North Carolina wine industry [“Grape Expectations: The Changing Face of WNC Wine,” Jan. 14, Xpress], we were very disappointed that the two Henderson County wineries — Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards and Burntshirt — were not included in the story.
Failure to include these thriving wineries in your own backyard results in an incomplete picture of the WNC wine industry.
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards is successfully cultivating and growing European-style vinifera and producing award-winning wines. We have made a significant investment in equipment, facilities and personnel to insure that we continue to grow and thrive in our unique climate and soil. With nine generations of family farming this land, we are not only proud of our mountain heritage and traditions, but we are committed to producing quality North Carolina wines.
Please come out to see us and see for yourself that European vinifera does grow in our area, contrary to what your article stated.
Feel free to contact me to set up a tour and tasting.
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards