All of Burntshirt Vineyards award-winning wines are produced from 100% estate grown grapes from its 25 acres of family-owned vineyards which are among the highest elevations in the state.
The high altitude, long sunny days and cool nights allow Burntshirt Vineyards to grow some European varietals rarely produced in the United States. Besides Greiner Veltliner, a grape most commonly grown in Austria, Burntshirt Vineyards also offers a Riesling, two Chardonnays (oaked and unoaked), Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon, Vidal Blanc and a red wine blend called "Altitude 3400," which is named for the altitude above sea level of Burntshirt Mountain upon which 6 acres of grapes are planted. The remaining 19 acres of vineyard land is across from the Tasting Room in Hendersonville, NC.
Burntshirt Vineyards officially opened the doors to its Tasting Room on September 15, making it the state's 114th winery. The vineyards were planted in 2009. To celebrate their opening and the success in their wines in awards competitions from the outset, owners Lemuel and Sandra Oates and their family paid homage to the legend of Burntshirt Mountain for which their winery is named. Mountain lore has it that farmers burning their fields on top of Burntshirt Mountain tossed their shirts in the fire for good luck, thus yielding a bountiful crop. So, the Oates lit a bonfire and set a shirt on fire for continuing good luck too, which has produced more awards for all of their wines.