Get ready to ignite your taste buds and whet your appetite at an endless array of wineries, breweries and cideries right here in our backyard. Located in stunning mountain surroundings, hip locations and amidst stunning scenery, you may even find live music, working farms, food trucks and breathtaking views.
The Hendersonville Cheers! Trail.
The Cheers! Trail is the only trail in North Carolina that showcases four different types of craft beverages: beer, wine, cider and mead. You’ll find 23 different tasting experiences including 11 breweries, seven wineries, three hard cideries and one meadery (World’s Edge at Point Lookout Vineyards). Discover more at: https://visithendersonvillenc.org/cheers-trail and here https://www.visithendersonvillenc.org/wp-content/uploads/Cheers-Trail-Brochure.pdf.
Celebrate Our Wine Region
Hendersonville’s burgeoning wine region, dubbed the Crest of the Blue Ridge, was named an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in the summer of 2019, a prestigious federal designation recognizing Henderson County as a bona fide wine region. Seven wineries produce classic wines from European vinifera grapes and French-American hybrid grapes, as well as sweeter wines crafted from grapes native to North Carolina. The area’s wineries produce classic wines from European vinifera grapes and French-American hybrid grapes, as well as sweeter wines crafted from grapes native to North Carolina. Henderson County earned the AVA designation because of its distinctive soil, climate and elevation. Click to learn more about the Crest of the Blue Ridge.
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards was Hendersonville’s first winery opened in 2012. Then came Burntshirt Vineyards and Point Lookout Vineyards who opened tasting rooms, followed a few years later by Marked Tree Vineyard, Sawyer Springs Vineyard and Stone Ashe Vineyards. Henderson County’s newest winery is Souther Williams, set on a 200-year old farm. Each vineyard grows their grapes right here in Henderson County.
Breweries For All
With pristine taprooms, gorgeous murals, and outdoor seating, Henderson County’s beer scene is bursting. Sierra Nevada’s state-of-the-art facility is one of the largest craft breweries in the nation and has it all: indoor and outdoor dining, daily tours and a beer garden amphitheater. Sideways Farm & Brewery is located on a working farm and focuses on the agricultural side of beer, Southern Appalachian and Guidon are all within walking distance in the revitalized Seventh Avenue District, and Oklawaha Brewing Co and Dry Falls Brewing are just off Main Street. A bit further from town, you’ll find Blue Ghost Brewing, Burning Blush and Mills River Brewing.
Go Hit the Hard Cideries
Hendersonville, a long-time leader in apple production, now leads the way in hard cider. As the top apple-producing county in North Carolina and seventh-largest in the nation, its abundance of orchards makes the area a natural home for the hard cider industry, and all of the cideries source apples locally. Three craft cideries currently call Henderson County home, including Bold Rock Hard Cider, which is the largest craft cidery in the U.S. Appalachian Ridge’s tasting room is located in an orchard and its ciders are hand-crafted in European style. And during the summer and fall, enjoy Flat Rock Cider Co.’s locally grown and pressed hard cider in the tasting room at Jeter Mountain Farm.