French Chic meets Southern Style
Welcome to Belle Nicho Winery at Howling Dog Farm. We are a small farmstead winery adding our own
Southern style to our wines since 2012. However, Janet and Bridget’s journey actually began in
2007, following a visit with Frank and Debra Bolden at South Creek Vineyards and Winery. During
the spring of 2008, Belle Nicho initiated their first Vineyard Work Day, with many faithful
friends planting vines and laying mulch.
Belle Nicho produces wine using native, French-American hybrid and vinifera grapes as well as
fruit. Since 2008, they have planted Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cynthiana, Isabella and
Seyval Blanc. Belle Nicho has also partnered with other wineries to purchase grapes for use in
Our wine tastings have been called "fun" and "unpretentious", and in 2014 and 2015 our wines
received gold, silver and bronze medals from the NC State Fair!
We welcome visitors to the Farm and Winery throughout the year to tour the vineyard or relax by
the tasting room. The winery is open from Friday to Sunday from 12 noon to 5pm.
We will be closed December 24, 2017 through mid February, 2018. During that period we are open
by appointment only for purchase of bottles of wine.
And there's more too...
It's not just the wines that get people talking at Belle Nicho. We are proud to offer jelly and
juice made from our Isabella grapes and a wonderful assortment of other locally made produce of
the highest quality, including honey and sorghum made the old fashioned way!
And don't forget to pick up those beautiful glasses too, a great memento of the friends you will
make at Belle Nicho Winery.
Catawba Valley Wine Trail
Belle Nicho is a short driving distance to three other wineries that cooperate in several Sip!
Stop! and Savor! Wine Hops during the year.
Why not plan your itinerary and discover not only some great wines, but also some of the most
beautiful scenery, and friendliest people around!
We are strong supporters of alternative energy. With a grant from the NC Tobacco Fund combined
with personal income, the Winery purchased a 4.95kW solar PV system providing an estimated annual
7,068 kWh. The biggest incentive for the Winery was to be able to use NC GreenPower to send
renewable energy back to the grid for all N.C. citizens to use.
The vineyard uses only organic practices and products for soil amendments and bug/disease
management. However, because grapes and juice are also purchased from other growers and
producers our wines are not currently considered organic. The Winery is conservative with their
daily efforts as well. We increased insulation as a result of energy audits to improve the
Winery’s energy efficiency. To conserve on water usage, we irrigate the vineyard with reclaimed
water from two 2500 gallon rain water cisterns.
Currently growing small quantities of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, our main focus is on
French-American hybrids and native grapes such as Seyval Blanc, Isabella, and Cynthiana. Belle
Nicho Winery’s tasting room opened in October 2013 and offers eight different local wines to
The winery is open from Friday to Sunday from 12 noon to 5pm.