For a romantic afternoon outing, visit three wineries in the Hendersonville area - about 25 miles south of downtown Asheville. Sample dozens of award-winning wines while enjoying beautiful settings with vineyard and Blue Ridge Mountains views - all in a scenic 10-mile country drive.
Point Lookout Vineyards (408 Appleola Road, Hendersonville) is perched atop a 3,000-foot elevation knoll with panoramic mountain and vineyard views on owner's Mike Jackson's longtime family farmland. Sample their six red and four white wines under their big outdoor Pavilion or inside the Tasting Room. The reds are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rosé, Petit Verdot, Cliffield (a red blend) and Javine coffee and chocolate infused. The whites consist of a barrel fermented Chardonnay, dry Riesling and an off-dry Riesling (winner of best white wine at the North Carolina Fine Wines Competition). Also try their seven meads made from honey infused with wildflower and orange blossom, apple, raspberry, tropical fruit, chamomile and chai tea. Visit Sunday-Wednesday 12-6 PM, Thursday, 12-9 PM, Friday-Saturday 12-10:30 PM. (They are also just 11 miles from Chimney Rock.)
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards (588 Chestnut Gap Rd, Hendersonville) is about eight miles from Point Lookout - not far from I-26. The Ward family warmly welcomes you to their farmland that has been in their family for nine generations. Today, they grow 14 variety of grapes at 2,300 and 3,000 feet elevation. Sample reds, whites and dessert wines - including Riesling blends, red cabernets and chardonnays. Their tasting room has both indoor and outdoor seating with vineyard views. Bike or walk through the vineyards. Open Mon-Thurs 11-6, Fri-Sat 11-7 and Sun 12-6 PM. They are in the middle of apple county - also visit their nearby Appalachian Ridge Artisan Ciders (read more).
Burntshirt Vineyards (2695 Sugarloaf Road, Hendersonville) is two miles from St. Paul. Voted "North Carolina Winery of the Year", sip and savor their 19 wines in their farmhouse Tasting Room and patio with gorgeous views over their vineyard. Find many places for picnics in the gardens. They can easily accommodate larger groups. Award winning wines include include sweet Sunset Sippin, Rose, apple wine, Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet France and Cabernet Sauvignon. Take a free winery production tour at 2 PM every day. They are dog friendly! Open Sunday-Thursday 12-6 PM and Friday-Saturday 12-7 PM. Tastings are $10/person for five wines and souvenir wine glass.
Other Nearby Wineries in Apple County
- Marked Tree Vineyard: located at an elevation of 2,300 feet on the Eastern Continental Divide, is Flat Rock’s first winery. It offers 10 wine varieties made with European vinifera and French-American hybrid grapes in a picturesque setting, surrounded by panoramic views. Grapes include Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Grüner Veltliner, Chardonel, and Vidal Blanc. Marked Tree is open Thursdays through Mondays and guests may choose between the indoor tasting room and an outdoor patio. (623 Deep Gap Road, Flat Rock)
- Sawyer Springs Vineyard: A small and purposeful is the mission of Sawyer Springs. This winery is a family-run operation on land that has been farmed by the same family for six generations. Sawyer Springs produces vintages in small batches served in a rustic tasting barn. Grape varietals include Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot, Riesling, and Muscadine. There is also a selection of fruit wines made from blueberries and strawberries. (124 Sandy Hill Lane, Hendersonville)
- Stone Ashe Vineyards: Hendersonville’s newest winery is set to open in summer 2020. A state-of-the-art 2,000-square-foot tasting room rests on a bluff overlooking a pond surrounded by vineyards. Stone Ashe’s goal is to use the terroir of Henderson County’s Crest of the Blue Ridge American Viticultural Area to produce wines for the world stage using classic grape varietals such as Merlot. (736 Green Mountain Road, Hendersonville)
Sample hard ciders from the locally grown apples! See our Hendersonville Cidery Guide to find nearby places to visit during your winery tour.
In late summer and fall, be sure to stop at area orchards to take some of their famous apples. See our Apple Orchard Guide.
Hendersonville's Cheers Trail Passport
Travel on a self-guided tour with 20 different tasting experiences from breweries, wineries, cideries, and a meadery along the Cheers Trail! Visit at least 12 venues and get your Passport stamped to redeem a gift valued at $10. Bring the stamped Passport to the Visitor Center, to choose from a set of 4 stone coasters, wine stopper, stainless steel wine glass or a waiters bottle opening tool. Hendersonville's Cheers Trail Passport may be purchased for $10 at the Visitor Center, 201 S. Main St., or online and at participating venues.
Go to our Hendersonville Insider's Guide for many more things to do in the area.