The Southeast Tourism Society has named the Cider, Wine & Dine Weekend (April 16-19,2020) one of the STS Top 20 Events in the Southeast in April. The perfect time to visit Hendersonville, the apple blossoms are all in bloom!
North Carolina is the 7th largest apple-producing state in the Nation, and Henderson County is the largest apple-producing county in North Carolina. It only makes sense to make some really good Artisan hard (Apple) cider right here where the apples are plentiful and the best! Henderson County alone produces 85 percent of all the apples grown in the state of North Carolina with over 40 varieties of apples.
This special weekend event, Cider, Wine and Dine, happens every year when the apple blossoms are sure to be in bloom and the weather is perfect to enjoy the Cider, Wine and Dine Weekend.
You may have heard that Hendersonville’s local Hard Cider and Brandy’s and new local wineries have grown in numbers in recent years. Here is your opportunity to tour many of them while taking part in this special weekend’s activities.
The participating local producers and special event hosts include:
Appalachian Ridge Artisan Cider – the taproom is in a repurposed barn surrounded by family-owned apple orchards – specializing in Normandy-style hard cider, brandy and pommeau, Located at 749 Chestnut Gap Rd., Hendersonville
Bold Rock Hard Cider – the North Carolina facility of one of America’s leading hard cider producers – in the heart of the scenic farm country of the Mills River Valley, Located at 72 School House Rd., Mills River
Burntshirt Vineyards Chimney Rock – this beautiful new tasting room and bistro has views of both Chimney Rock and Hickory Nut Falls, Located at 438 Main St., Chimney Rock
Burntshirt Vineyards Hendersonville – a beautiful estate winery and event center that overlooks the celebrated vineyards, Located at 2695 Sugarloaf Rd., Hendersonville
Point Lookout Vineyards & World’s Edge Meadery – this mountaintop event center has breathtaking, expansive vistas, and is located in the Point Lookout Vineyards, Located at 408 Appleola Rd., Hendersonville
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards – the winery and tasting room are nestled between orchards and vineyards, Located at 588 Chestnut Gap Rd., Hendersonville
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards Flat Rock – this new tasting room and cafe, founded by Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, is located in the historic Village of Flat Rock, Located at 2698C Greenville Hwy., Flat Rock
The Horse Shoe Farm – Hosts the opening event of the weekend, where you can taste from all of the area’s producers, located at 155 Horse Shoe Farm Dr., Hendersonvill
NOTE : Many events are free. Some events require tickets or reservations, which can be made by contacting the individual venue.
There are activities for all who attend the event; from foods, educational programs, music, fire pits, movies, production facility tours, and plenty of wine, mead, and hard cider tastings!
Make a weekend of it with the Apple Country Trail. Enjoy a self-guided scenic tour in and around Henderson County apple country. Apple trees produce beautiful, delicate, pink and white spring blossoms, it’s the most colorful time of the year. Choose from any one of the local apple orchards to visit during your visit.
Book your flight on Allegiant Airlines into Asheville at super low rates, or take a drive up to our mountains. We will greet you with our Southern Hospitality as your vacation home hosts at WNC Mountain Rentals.
Stay close to town, or up in the hills, either way, you will find your mountain getaway home fairly close to the venues you plan to tour! Visit our website or call Julie for more details www.wncmountainrentals.com .
Photos from (top) Hendersonville Visitor Center FB and Deposit Photos.