As North Carolina continues to elevate its wine growing pedigree (we were recently ranked as the 7th best up-and-coming wine region in North America), a massive new Kings Mountain vineyard just announced plans to open later this summer.
Veronét Vineyards & Winery is now putting the finish touches on their sprawling 6,300 square-foot tasting room and wine cellar with attached patio.
“This announcement is a culmination of years’ worth of hard work and vision, and we cannot wait to share our stunning property with the world!” said Monique Sullivan, Founder & Managing Partner of Veronét. “We are excited to offer not only delicious wines, but a variety of fun experiences from wine dinners to pairing classes that will provide people with opportunities to escape the day-to-day and get more in touch with all aspects of wine from grape-growing to winemaking,” Sullivan continued. “We have worked hard to create a retreat where anyone can relax, take in beautiful views, and enjoy themselves through a range of offerings that will include food, beer, and non-wine beverage options as well.”
In addition to the stunning views of Crowders Mountain & The Pinnacle, the first vineyard & winery to come to Kings Mountain will also offer an electric car charging station, LED lighting throughout, drought tolerant landscaping and dry-farming practices for water conservation and will eventually host walking and biking trails on the property. The 6,300 square-foot main winery building is accented by a wall of oversized glass doors that highlight the vineyard & mountain views, and features an expansive open floor-plan tasting room, a 28-foot main bar & 20-foot secondary bar, a private tasting room with floor to ceiling wine cellaring, and a 70-foot outdoor patio. Once open, the entire property will be available for weddings & event rentals; the property rental will include the main winery, outdoor patio, and large outdoor space which overlooks the vineyards.
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The vineyards, set with southern exposure and home to constant south-westerly winds, are planted on a gentle slope and accented by towering pines, Crowders Mountain, and The Pinnacle. The nearly 5 acres of plantings are made up of Cabernet Franc, Viognier, and Chambourcin vines. The Sullivan family is excited to welcome their first estate harvest in the fall of 2020, and currently works tirelessly to produce the healthies vines while maintaining minimal impact on the land through a reduced use of chemicals and a variety of manual processes. “By using more environmentally friendly controls we know we are helping to protect our vineyard for future generations,” explained Monique. “You may see a few more weeds in our vineyard compared to others, but we feel that is a small price to pay to preserve the integrity of the land.”
The property & winery will initially be open only on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays for guests to sample a selection of eight wines that the family sourced through vineyard & winery partnerships throughout the United States, allowing them to focus on cultivating their first estate-produced vintages in 2021. In addition to wine, the winery will host a rotating tap for local beers, a seasonal menu featuring charcuterie & cheese boards, and an array of non-alcoholic beverages including Pure Intentions Cold Brew coffee and Birch Fine Teas. The winery associates will offer guided tastings, as well as vineyard tours when the weather permits. In depth tastings, special food pairing events, and group wine classes will be led by Monique, who holds Level 3 Certification in Wines from the London-based Wine & Spirits Education Trust.