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Events - Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival

A mighty fine business of the High Country area is that of mighty fine wine. And it's getting a spotlight this week.

The Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival beginning today is centered on the Blowing Rock area. It's not only attracting the presence of dozens of regional wineries, but also promoting the newest economic crop to gain root in western North Carolina. Events include cooking classes, wine seminars, "bartenders brawls" and, of course, a "Grand Wine Tasting."

The High Country itself it home to two vineyards, Banner Elk Winery in Avery County, and New River Winery in Ashe County.
More are on the way, inspiring the formation of the High Country Winegrowers Association.

".... the primary objective of the High Country Winegrowers Association—to educate people on growing grapes at high altitudes on steep slopes so we can one day make the best wines in the state,” said Dr. Lucien Wilkins, owner of Spencer Mountain Vineyards, located off Isaac’s Home Road in Cove Creek, and founding member of the High Country Winegrowers Association. “The whole idea is to teach people how to grow grapes up here and then make terrific wine. We want to introduce people to the process,” he added.

There are many vineyards located in the nearby Yadkin Valley area.