Banner Elk Winery

Banner Elk

Banner Elk Winery is situated close to downtown in a picturesque valley surrounded by mountains. Founded in 2006, it was the first commercial winery in Avery and Watauga counties.

Winemaker Dick Wolfe makes a variety of wines from grapes grown on property and sourced from other local vineyards. The Marechal Foch is made from French-American hybrid grapes that produce a red wine with intense flavors and color. Banner Elk Red, a winemaker’s choice blend of Marechal Foch, sangiovese an... Read More

Beech Mountain Brewing Co.

Beech Mtn.

Beech Mountain Brewing Company is owned and operated by Beech Mountain Resort, making it one of a few craft breweries in the nation to be located at a ski resort. It is open to the public during ski season and also during summer months. Patrons are not required to have a ski pass to visit the brewery.

The brewery produces small batches on-site in the Alpine Village at the base of the slopes. The flagship beer is the 5,506’ Pale Ale, named after Beech Mountain’s signature elevation. ... Read More

Blind Squirrel Brewery


Blind Squirrel Brewery is located on the Toe River in the small rural community of Plumtree, about 30 minutes from Banner Elk.

The brewery combines craft beer, beautiful scenery, outdoor games and a rotation of food trucks. It is open three days a week (Friday-Sunday) from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Because of its seasonal operations schedule, Blind Squirrel brews 20-gallon batches and releases 1-2 varieties of fresh beer each Friday. The brewery also has 4-5 beers on ta... Read More

Grandfather Vineyard and Winery

Banner Elk

Grandfather Vineyard and Winery produces a variety of wines in relaxing setting beside the Watauga River near the base of Grandfather Mountain. In fact, the property has a frame-worthy view of the profile that gives the peak its name.

The business is a family affair. Steve and Sally Tatum — who opened Tatum Galleries furniture in Banner Elk in 1978 — planted their first grapes in 2003. They completed the winery in 2011. Their son Dylan is the winemaker. He graduated from Surry Commu... Read More

Kettell Beerworks

Banner Elk

Kettell Beerworks creates high quality craft beer on Main Street East in Banner Elk.

The brewery typically has 10-12 styles of beers available in the taproom. There are four year-round flagship offerings: Rollcast Kolsch, Top Coast IPA, Profile American Pale Ale and Big Falls Nutty Brown Ale. Those four are complemented by a rotating variety of seasonal beers and experimental small batches.

Kettell beers are named local landmarks and activities. For example, the Profile Ameri... Read More

Linville Falls Winery


Minutes from its namesake waterfall (and the Blue Ridge Parkway), Linville Falls Winery rests on a 40-acre farm. The Tuscan-style tasting room is surrounded by grape vines and fields of Christmas trees.

The vineyard is located at 3,200 feet in elevation, blending warm days with cool nights. The elevation, climate and soil composition create ideal grape-growing conditions for owner Jack Wiseman, who operates Linville Falls Winery with his family.

The winery produces both sweet... Read More