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Originally published: 2013-06-25 15:04:30
Last modified: 2013-06-25 15:05:14

From High Country to wine country

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While the High Country is not typically considered wine country, the upcoming High Country Wine Tour may change that. The new tour of five High Country wineries will start at noon on the last Thursday of each month, from June 27 through October. Each tour will begin at Erick’s Wine and Cheese Shop at 4004 Highway 105, Sugar Mountain. Tickets are $50, which covers the entire experience, including tastings, transportation and a souvenir High Country Wine Tour tasting glass. Tickets for designated drivers are $25. An optional lunch will be offered at a discount. 
The tour has been in the making for some time. 
“We know that our vineyards are a growing market all through the state of North Carolina,” said Avery County Chamber of Commerce Director Sue Freeman. “That said, we’re helping to support our local growers. This all came to be out of that.”

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