Why Burntshirt Vineyards?
From their website: “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!”
Winner of so many awards I lost count, Burntshirt Vineyards sits uniquely in two locations situated on either side of the Eastern Continental Divide. One is a 8.5-acre vineyard on Burntshirt Mountain in Gerton, North Carolina, at an elevation of 3,400 feet just 18 miles northeast of Hendersonville on Hwy 64/74. The second, and the focus of this article, is a sprawling 21.5-acre vineyard located just east of I-26 in Hendersonville at an elevation of 2,200 feet.
Burntshirt features a 10,440 square foot state-of-the-art winery that contains a crush pad, fermentation tanks, a laboratory and 1,700 square foot barrel room that is available for private functions. The vineyard offers wines whose fruits are grown on their two Henderson County high-altitude estates which are produced and bottled there at the winery using oak barrels and steel tanks.
Witness the beautiful scenic grounds on the veranda overlooking the vineyards while enjoying a glass of chardonnay, merlot, red or other favorite or just enjoy the $10, seven-wine tasting where you get to keep the engraved Burntshirt Vineyards wine glass. Leashed pets are welcome in the tasting room.
Burntshirt also has live music and events and offers a free daily guided winery tour at 2pm (closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Days). Due to COVID-19, winery tours are restricted to 10 people at this time. Public small gathering wine tastings take place Sun-Thur from 12pm – 6pm, and Fri-Sat from 12pm – 7pm. Private and large groups (six or more) can also be accommodated – see their website below for details on booking your reservation.
Weddings and other events can be hosted at Burntshirt Vineyards. Visit their website for details.
Hours: Sun-Thur from 12pm – 6pm, and Fri-Sat from 12pm – 7pm
Cost: Free to visit; $10 for a seven-wine tasting