Dave and Ester DeFehr founded Daveste' Vineyards in 2003, and, after several years preparing the land, turned their first harvest into 500 cases in 2006. Today, alongside winemaker Sara Wooten, Dave and Ester continue to take a minimalist approach to winemaking, limiting their production to some 1,500 cases per year. Despite its size, the DeFehr's output has resulted in award-winning varietals, as well as both dry and semi-sweet whites and reds. Visitors to the vineyard may test some of that selection inside the property's rustic, timber-frame tasting room, which doubles as a gallery for local artists.
The dueling pianists at Piano Man face off, vying for applause as they blaze through the biggest hits from the last hundred years. As they hit each note with perfection, audience members holler their requests and sing along with the pros, a fact the house prides itself on. When their requests hit the stage, guests can cheers with a host of tropical drinks, including the Malibu Painkiller—a euphoric combination of Malibu coconut, black, and sunshine blended with lemonade, OJ, and sprite—or the Entourage Margarita, with Avion tequila, raspberry liqueur, pineapple juice, and fresh-squeezed lime juice. To make sure they can remember the name of their favorite song, guests can soak up the cocktails with a menu of pub food classics such as burgers and wings.
While most corn mazes are hard to find your way out of, the Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze can be difficult to find in general. Even though the corn maze sprawls over 7 acres with more than 2 miles of winding, tricky paths, it's set inside Rural Hill’s expansive 265 acres of historic buildings, scenic hikes, and educational homestead activities. Guests hoping to best the maze can attempt the leafy labyrinth on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons. After completing the maze, guests can take advantage of the barrage of fall activities happening onsite, including options such as hayrides, pick-your-own pumpkins, and exploring the site’s historic buildings.
Christopher’s Wine & Cheese is located at the corner of Sunset Drive at Main Street in Historic Downtown Blowing Rock, NC - just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. We hand select each wine to reflect the best taste and value of each wine region – locally and around the world.
Travels In Wine Tours' co-founders, Kimberlee Young and Derek Schuler, share their love of wine, food, and travel with curious tourists through tours designed and led by certified sommeliers. Epicurean scenic tours of boutique wineries, personalized luxury Napa vacations, and custom weekend getaways marry viticultural education with flavorful indulgence as guests take in picturesque panoramas of vineyards that stretch to the horizon before curving upward and forming bridges to the moon.
Azure Skye's vintners illuminate wine-crafting secrets during a convivial class that supplies pupils with two complimentary bottles of wine, hors d'oeuvres, and an abundant stream of wine-bottling info. Azure Skye's wine experts help wine whisperers pour through the step-by-step process of bottling and corking their wine. With bountiful wine samples and hors d'oeuvres, the Dionysian class-turned-soirée sates epicurean tastes, and sommeliers continue the sipping fun with two complimentary bottles of Azure Skye's wine.