Nestled in the awe inspiring majestic Blue Ridge Mountains stands North Carolina High Country’s original winery. In 2006, the age-old tradition of winemaking made its debut in the region with the establishment of Banner Elk Winery, the first commercial winery built in Avery and Watauga counties. Banner Elk wines pay tribute to the rugged mountain landscape and capture the delicate nuance and subtle flavors of the fruit. Banner Elk Winery processes its own as well as other locally grown grapes into prize winning wines. Banner Elk Winery and Villa is the most celebrated winery in North Carolina’s High Country. At the 2011 North Carolina State Fair Wine Competition, Banner Elk Winery brought home the Best of Category-Red Hybrid for our 2010 Marechal Foch and two Double Gold Awards with their 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2010 Marechal Foch. Their award winning Banner Elk Blueberry and Ice Wines continue to be popular. Banner Elk Winery recommends their blueberry wine.  According to Vintner Jeff Walker, “This blueberry wine will make a very nice pairing with veal, roasted turkey, pork tenderloin, and is a terrific complement to seasonal deserts such as pumpkin pie, cheesecake and chocolates.”  


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