Winery at Burntshirt Vineyards
We’re very proud to announce that our state of the art wine production facility was opened in September 2013. This allows us complete control of our growing and production, and we are excited about how that will translate to a great bottle of wine for you!
The winery features select top equipment that allows us to produce all of our wine minutes from where the grapes are grown on our two estate vineyards in Henderson County. The winery is located next to our Tasting Room and is available for guided tours of the winemaking process, enhancing your visiting experience. A large barrel room in the winery is also available for private functions.
The 10,440 square foot winery includes a crush pad where freshly-picked grapes will be brought directly from the vineyards as soon as they are harvested in the fall. Special equipment de-stems the grapes and pumps them into a wine press which extracts the juice. Once the grapes are crushed, they are pumped through hoses into the winery’s fermentation tanks where the process of winemaking continues. The winery also contains a laboratory to conduct tests on grapes prior to harvest and then later as the wine goes through fermentation to ensure product quality. There is also a storage room for case goods and a hermetically sealed space for a future bottling line. One of the special features of the winery is a 1,700 square foot barrel room. The room, decorated with large wine barrels and wine bottle chandeliers, mimics a “cave” often found in European chateaus and wineries.
Burntshirt Vineyards occupies a unique position with two vineyards situated on both sides of the Eastern Continental Divide on the Crest of the Blue Ridge – some of highest elevations on the East Coast.
A total of 27 acres of vineyards were first planted in 2009 in this magical area of the Blue Ridge Province of the Appalachian Mountains with a combination of 13 European varietals and French-American hybrids. Long sunny days and cool nights coupled with sandy loam and rocky soils allow numerous grape varieties to thrive at this altitude. Early testament to that fact was that Burntshirt Vineyards was awarded top medals in the 2012 International Women’s Wine Competition for our Grüner Veltliner, an Austrian varietal rarely grown in the United States, and our Merlot, which medaled in a category with wineries from such noted wine regions as Napa, Sonoma and Washington State.
Located at 3400 feet above sea level, the vineyard at Burntshirt Mountain in Gerton, NC, is the higher of the two plots. The six acres planted at this dramatic setting are surrounded by mountains which block strong north winds. Little Pisgah Mountain is to the north while Bearwallow and Little Bearwallow are to the south and Chimney Rock to the east. A natural spring feeds a pond near the vineyard and exceptional flora and fauna including wild turkey, bear, deer, bobcats, coyotes and amphibians also occupy the land. At 2200 feet are the remaining 19 acres of vineyards on Sugarloaf Road vineyard in Hendersonville, NC. This former apple orchard is home now to north-south facing vines which allow maximum daytime sunlight. Our grape growing practices are innovative and responsible. We limit the yield resulting in higher quality.
Mountain lore has it that back in the day farmers would burn their fields to clear the land on Burntshirt Mountain for planting. They tossed their shirts in the fire for good luck and the fields yielded a bountiful crop!
The legend lives on to this day on the majestic land that is now Burntshirt Vineyards, a family-run wine company with a dedication to craftsmanship spanning 80 years. What started primarily as a grape growing operation evolved into the idea of a winery when owners Lemuel and Sandra Oates, recognizing the quality of their fruit and the opportunity to be a part of the thriving North Carolina wine industry, decided to embark on production of their own premium, estate wines.
And just like their textile business which was founded on hand-crafted souvenirs and loomed rugs, the Oates family of Hendersonville, North Carolina remains true to the spirit of producing high quality products with wines of unique character for all who visit their beloved community to enjoy.
Burntshirt Vintner’s Cottage
This charming 1939 stone cottage, with it’s delightful kitchen and enchanting nooks and crannies, is a pleasure to behold. When we renovated the Vintner’s Cottage we were intent on maintaining the vintage charm and warm cozy feeling. The kitchen is decorated in an endearing retro/vintage style. We have decorated the home with antiques, comfortable living room furniture and vintage accent pieces. The fireplace shown in the pictures is decorative only. It has 2 bedrooms (double beds), 1 full bath (bathtub and shower), and living room. The house has front and back porches.
- Fully Equipped Kitchen & Dining Room
- Digital Flat Screen TV – we get 11 channels
- Central Heat & Air Conditioning
- No Smoking
- No Pets
The house is located on the grounds of the vineyard, and boasts beautiful gardens & walking trails. You will truly enjoy relaxing on the porch at sunset with a glass of your favorite wine; the view is nothing short of spectacular as the vineyard is spread out before you!
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