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Brought together by chance through a mutual friend at Appalachian State, we discovered that we had written similar business plans for an urban winery in Asheville. We met several times and discovered we had the same philosophy about supporting a community of farmers, winemakers, artists, and chefs while making wine using local grapes. The rest is history in the making . . .
289 Lyman St, Asheville, NC 28801
We Look Forward To Meeting You!! The Hilton Family Larry Hilton started growing grapes in 1969 and making wine in 1971 with the help of his wonderful wife, Evelyn. In the early 70’s they decided to add berries and some fruit trees. There were a lot of trial and errors, but they learned real quick never to sacrifice quality for quantity. Producing 10 gallons of great wine for family and friends is worth a 1,000 times more than a 100 gallons of good wine that anybody can make. Over the years they have experimented with just about every grape and fruit known to man. Through the past 20 years they have lived in Myrtle Beach South Carolina for 6 months out of the year and the other half in Roughedge, North Carolina. They have made a lot of friends both from the south and ones from the northern states. They soon discovered that not all their new friends had much of a taste for grits and muscadine wine. They then decided to broaden their crop selection, challenged themselves and attempt to grow grapes that are not typically grown in the south due to the heat and humidity. They only have […]
Discover a winery where southern hospitality and a passion for wine combine for a wine tasting experience like no other. At Southern Charm Winery, we believe everyone is a wine connoisseur because you know what you like best. Our wine selection features 24 varietals, each one uniquely blended to achieve the fullest flavor possible. We believe our hand-crafted wines deliver a fuller tasting wine, whether you prefer sweet or dry, red or white wines. Our winery adjoins our gift shop which showcases local art, wood turnings and pottery, in addition to wine accessories and gifts as unique as our wines. Come in today and see for yourself what a difference Southern Charm will make.
The Franschhoek wine estate, Rickety Bridge, has a winemaking history dating back to the 17th century. It was once part of the original La Provence farm granted to the first French Huguenots who settled in Oliphantshoek (Elephants Corner) and renamed the area, Franschhoek, or ‘French Corner’. Over the years La Provence was subdivided and in 1797 the land which is now known as Rickety Bridge wine estate was granted to the widow, Paulina De Villiers, and she planted the first vines there. Rickety Bridge wine estate is situated less than 3 kilometres from the centre of the quaint Franschhoek town and nestles against the slopes of the Franschhoek Mountains overlooking the majestic Wemmershoek Mountain range. This position gives the estate a range of aspects and soil types for growing different varieties of grapes. The lower flatland of the estate is covered by sandy soils being close the Franschhoek River which crosses in front of the estate’s lower border. The hillside provides the wine estate with decomposed granite soils which are ideal for growing high quality red grapes required for producing premium red wine. Rickety Bridge wine estate is 50 Hectares in area of which only 15 Hectares are currently dedicated to vineyard, with a further 6 hectares under development. The remaining 35 Hectares are made […]