Having recently visited the blossoming wine country of North Carolina's Yadkin Valley, I was interested to learn winemaker Jason Wiseman of Brushy Mountain Winery is now the owner. Wiseman, and partner Amy Euliss, purchased the downtown Elkin winery and plan to continue with the vibrant urban winery on Elkin's Main Street.
"It's important that people know we've worked with the same vineyards and growers since our very first vintage," Wiseman said. "Even though we don't own vineyards, all wine is made on premise. Our cellar, barrel room, our lab - everything is below this building."
Exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, white leather furnishings and chatting areas have made this one of my favorite wineries in the region ~ along with the wine, naturally. Live music will now be offered Friday and Saturday evenings and local artists' projects, including receptions, will be hosted.
Brushy Mountain will continue offering its 12 established wines under the main Brushy Mountain label, while adding an occasional varietal under a new label, Foothills Folly.
Wiseman takes a classic approach to his craft. He lets the grapes dictate the style of wine with minimal intervention. This has led to consistently high marks for Brushy Mountain wines.
Elkin's emergence as a popular Yadkin Valley destination was a key factor in the decision to purchase the winery. Downtown has been revitalized and Elkin was recently named one of "America's 10 Coolest Small Towns" by Budget Travel magazine.
For more information on the winery, visit: BrushyMountainWine.com.
Images: Brushy Mountain; EJMusgrave
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