155 Lytton Farm Road, Troutman. 704-528-3882. www.daveste.com.
Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Winery tours at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Activities: The rustic, timber frame-style tasting room is open year-round. The tasting room also serves as an art gallery displaying artwork by local North Carolina artists who meet each week at the vineyard. Davesté Vineyards is the first winery in Iredell County and has four acres planted in vines. White varieties include Chardonnay, Viognier and the lesser known Rkatstiteli, which is grown widely in Eastern Europe. Red varieties include Malbec, Merlot, cabernet sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Chambourcin. Wines are developed in very small lots, with some estate wines totaling as few as 25 cases, and total production limited to 1,000 cases per year. Typically, white wines are produced 100 percent in stainless steel. And red wines, depending on the variety, are blended from lots that have been aged in both new and neutral French oak.
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Wine tastings and tours are available, as well as special events such as Thirsty Thursdays with live music and concerts. See the website for the schedule of events and art workshops.
Cost: $5 for tasting six wines and souvenir wineglass.
Target Audience: Over 21.
Directions from uptown: I-77 north to Exit 42 Troutman/N.C. 21. Go north on N.C. 21 for 3.1 miles to Talley Street and turn left. Go 1.1 miles to Lytton Farm Road (ignore Lytton Street), turn left. Go 0.2 miles and look for Davesté Vineyards sign on left. Follow the gravel drive and follow signs to tasting room.
Distance from Charlotte: About 35 miles.