Daveste Vineyard

With the number of NC vineyards growing rapidly, it can be tough to select just one to visit.  Our selection process on some weekends is strictly decided by the time we have.  So we picked this one by it’s proximity to I-40 given it wasn’t far out of the way we were already headed. It also didn’t hurt that it had craft beer as the combo winery/brewery are all moving up my priority list.

Pulling up to Daveste Vineyards, you embark down a dirt road where you’re encouraged to go no more than 10mph as “there are vines growing.” As you walk in, you’re taken by the high ceilings, the original paintings and the coziness of the couch by the fireplace.

Despite the summer temps being in the 90’s most July days in NC, we still always enjoy a full-bodied red wine.  Daveste’s 2014 Malbec fits the bill. But if you want to try this one, you should make a trip quickly as our guide told us the vine died and they won’t be making any more.

Another neat experience to cap off the end of our tasting, was enjoying the 2013 Dulcinea. We were instructed by our guide, after our first taste to enjoy a dark chocolate Hershey Kiss and then taste again. The dark chocolate completely changes the flavors that comes through. The espresso flavor is much more pronounced after trying the dark chocolate. A unique and neat twist on your average tasting.

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We also had to try a flight of the craft beer they brew at Daveste. Making our way through the generous pours, the Stout left the biggest impression. Normally, the hot summer temps is not the prime time to enjoy a Stout but would like to enjoy a few of these. It reminded me a bit of the Founders Breakfast Stout that I love to enjoy each year.  Highly suggest trying the flight if making the stop.

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Overall, the venue is beautiful with multiple places to enjoy a bottle or a flight of their craft brews. Outdoor locales include multiple patios, waterfalls, or rocking chairs on the front porch. Wish we would have had more time to enjoy.

 

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The Top 10 NC Vineyards on Instagram

san-marinoAfter reading the NC Wine Guys blog about being consistent on social media by using #NCWine, I began to wonder how many people actually search using that hashtag.

There are so many great photos displaying NC Wine from the visitors themselves. It’s often we will run across these by searching the hashtag #NCWine but you’ll find many more by searching the location of the winery/vineyard itself (who may not have an account themselves).

While doing this over the last few months to create our own itinerary, I’ve wondered how much more powerful it would be if these pictures could be shared where more could enjoy or even plan a visit. If the wineries and vineyards themselves could repost the pics more easily on their own profile, it would benefit all vineyards in and around that area.

So to start, we’ve cataloged a list of the best instagram accounts that regularly display fantastic and engaging pictures of North Carolina vineyards and wine culture.  We’ve made two categories:

  • Top 5 With Most Followers
  • Top 5 You Should Follow (Not in that group)

Top 5 With Most Followers

Biltmore Wines – Asheville, NC
Childress Wines – Lexington, NC
Duplin Winery – Rose Hill, NC
Sanctuary Vineyards – Outer Banks, NC
Overmountain Vineyards – Tryon, NC

Top 5 You Should Follow

Jolo Vineyards – Pilot Mountain, NC
Raylen Vineyards – Mocksville, NC
Raffaldini Vineyards – Ronda, NC
Divine Llama Vineyards – East Bend, NC
Treehouse Vineyards – Monroe, NC

We’ll have another blog, with a list of the top 5 vineyards with the best pictures tagged on Instagram with no official account for the Vineyard itself.