With ten sprawling acres of vineyards and mountain views, a trip to Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards is a must for wine lovers in Western North Carolina. This family-owned winery has something for every taste, from riesling blends to red cabernets. Read on to learn how to make the most of your trip. And, if you are looking for more ways to get a taste of Western N.C., take a look at our free Chimney Rock/Lake Lure Vacation Guide. Our guide has helped so many people plan the perfect mountain getaway. Get your copy for recommendations on restaurants, cafes, outdoor recreation, and more.
Your Complete Guide to Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards
About the Vineyards
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards is one of the region’s most beloved wineries! In fact, their growth and popularity have resulted in a brand new location. Now, you can sip and savor the best of their wines in two beautiful tasting rooms, one in Hendersonville and the other in downtown Flat Rock.
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards of Hendersonville, N.C.
The Hendersonville vineyard is only 20 minutes from The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant. Here, there are 14 varieties of grapes at elevations of 2,300 and 3,000 feet. Visitors can also enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Blue Ridge Mountains! What more could you ask for in a North Carolina winery? The walnut bar, indoor seating, and outdoor patio are only steps away from five acres of grapevines, and wine tasting is available each day!
From Sonoma to Western N.C.
Alan Ward, the founder of Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, is a graduate of California Polytechnic University with more than 14 years of wine production experience. He is originally from Sonoma Wine Country, so what brought him to North Carolina? Ward heard a speaker at a conference say that growing world-class wine grapes in North Carolina was impossible. Immediately, he set out to prove the speaker wrong. After five years of research and experimentation, Alan Ward opened Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards in August 2012. Today, he is the modern-day pioneer of winemaking in Henderson County.
Fun Facts & Tips for Your Trip
- Hendersonville tasting room hours are Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
- The Hendersonville Saint Paul Mountain Winery and tasting room is on Chestnut Gap Road, just across the street from Ward’s grandfather’s farm!
- A variety of live music and entertainment are on the calendar throughout the year. Check out the winery’s event calendar to see what you can expect!
Plan Your Culinary Retreat at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant
After a day of wine tasting and relaxation, take a short drive back to The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant to unwind. Freshen up in your mountain-view cabin, then join us for dinner at our award-winning restaurant. We create our menu with the seasons in mind so that we can provide you with the freshest produce, best meats, fish, and ingredients possible. From classic Southern cuisine like house-made crab cakes to savory favorites like cheese and charcuterie, our timeless dishes have something special for every palate.
When you are ready to start planning your getaway, remember your free Vacation Guide! We hope to host you soon at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant.