Twelve vineyards sign up for FENCE Wine and Art Festival

Published 4:45 pm Wednesday, August 19, 2009

In a sign of North Carolina&39;s growing viticulture industry, 12 vineyards from western and central portions of the state will appear at the FENCE Wine and Art Festival at Derbyshire on September 13.

Among the vitners who will be offering free tastings will be a local favorite, Green Creek Winery, as well as winemakers from as far away as Elkin, Laurel Springs and Boonville, N.C.

The Wine and Art FestivalIS a fundraiser in support of FENCE&39;s nature education and outdoor recreation programs.

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The event will offer not only wine tastings but will celebrate as well the region&39;s arts and crafts heritage with displays and exhibits by Upstate and Foothills area artists and craftsmen, including Tryon&39;s own Elaine Pearsons and Roundhouse Pottery of Campobello.

Rounding out the afternoon at Derbyshire, an equestrian community in Green Creek designed in the tradition of the English countryside, will be a half dozen chefs offering selections from a regional menu.

Tryon and the Foothills have long been known for a rich artistic tradition, as well as for its many active vineyards during the early part of the twentieth century.

Now, the area&39;s viticulture has been renewed, and what better way to celebrate these two legacies than a Sunday afternoon gathering honoring both.

For more information about the FENCE Wine and Art Festival call 828-859-9021 or visit