Spotlight on Linville Falls Winery
Caroline Harris / (email@example.com)
When a man like Jack Wiseman has an idea that he thinks is good, it makes good sense to listen. Wiseman pioneered the Christmas tree industry in Avery 50 years ago. Now, he is positive that Avery’s next big thing is grapes, and he’s put his money where his mouth is with a $1 million investment in his award-winning Linville Falls Winery.
Linville Falls Winery, located in the south end of the county, is 40 acres of Riesling, malbec, traminette, seyval-blanc and other old-world varietal grapes. The large, Tuscan-style building on the property houses a wine tasting, retail and seating area. Wiseman has plans to host weddings and events, for which it is a perfect venue.
This is a long time coming for Wiseman, who has wanted to plant grapes in Avery County for 60 years. Wiseman has taken 60 years of wishing, soil samples since 25 years ago and the knowledge of winemaking from his grandmother when he was eight, and the result is really taking off.
“This right here. This has never been done in North Carolina. We’re in a 3,000-plus feet elevation. We’re growing Riesling, cabernet sauvignon, malbec, sauvignon blanc, traminette, hybrids. But what I think is news is this, here in Avery County we are winning awards with this. What does that say to the rest of Avery Countians that’s now in a depressed Christmas tree market that they can do with some of their properties? Nobody knew that you could do this in Avery County,” Wiseman said.
“No other region in the world grows every major type of grape including vinifera, French-American hybrids, labruscas and muscadines. The state’s varied geography, climate and soil makes this feat possible,” according to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
coast and the central region of the state have wineries unique to them. Wiseman is trying to
develop wine that is unique to the High Country and discover the best grapes and the best
practices to do that.
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