Some of the Best Things To Do at Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards

Located on ten sprawling acres in Henderson County, North Carolina, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards is an ideal destination for wine lovers. The vineyard grows 14 varieties of grapes at elevations of 2,300 and 3,000 feet, producing some of the best wines in the state. There’s also a year-round tasting room with spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. From riesling blends to red cabernets, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards has something for everyone. Here’s why a trip to the winery should be on your to-do list.

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History of Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards

Alan Ward is a graduate of California Polytechnic University with more than 14 years of wine production experience. Originally from Sonoma, California, Ward heard a speaker at a conference say that it would be impossible to grow world-class wine grapes in North Carolina. He immediately set out to prove the speaker wrong.

After five years of research and experimentation, Alan Ward opened Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards on August 5, 2012. He is now known as the modern-day pioneer of winemaking in Henderson County.

Winery and Tasting Room

The Saint Paul Mountain Winery and tasting room is located Chestnut Gap Road, next to the house where Ward grew up and across the road from his grandfather’s farm. The walnut bar, indoor seating, and outdoor patio are just a few steps from five acres of grapevines. Guests can enjoy wine tastings each day and a variety of live music events throughout the year. Check out the winery’s Calendar of Events for details.

Stop By Burntshirt Vineyards

Burntshirt Vineyards is another great place to explore in Hendersonville. Just two miles from Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, this award-winning winery offers daily tastings and free tours. Wine tastings are held Sunday through Thursday from 12 to 6 p.m. and Friday & Saturday from 12 to 7 p.m. The winery is open year-round.

The Esmeralda is proud to have four Burntshirt varietals on our wine list. If you’re a fan of white, try the crisp, clean riesling or the refreshing chardonnay with hints of melon and lemongrass. We even offer two Burntshirt reds: the lovely barrel-aged Gruner Veltliner and a merlot. Each is unique in its own way and is the perfect accompaniment to a meal in our restaurant!

Plan a Getaway to The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant

After a fabulous day of wine tasting and relaxation, take a short drive back to The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant and unwind. Our historic property in Chimney Rock, NC, provides guests with luxurious accommodations and excellent amenities. Experience amazing views from our Terrace King rooms, or stay in one of our spacious and family-friendly cabins. You’ll even enjoy a delicious, complimentary breakfast each morning of your stay. No matter where the day takes you, we promise your trip to North Carolina will be one for the books! 

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