Blessing of the Vines

Burntshirt Vineyards held their third annual Blessing of the Vines event on May 13th. It was an honor to be a part of such a special event that was packed with beauty and service.

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Upon arriving at the vineyard, we easily found the Summit Event Center for check-in and were warmly greeted by André, the general manager, who briefly shared information about the event and the vineyard. While waiting for the event to begin, we had time to explore The Shed and all of its goodies. We chose one special item that we can’t wait to share with you for our next giveaway!

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Meandering around the grounds, we couldn’t help but take in the gorgeous scenery. Bright pops of red and pink flowers surround the patio dining, which also has a soothing fountain. New gazebos were added beside the patio for a more private setting to enjoy wines. The Summit Center was a stunning space with a well-stocked bar, wood accents throughout, opulent wrought-iron chandeliers, artistic decor, and a gorgeous floor to ceiling stone fireplace that sets the mood for the entire space. Sipping on our complimentary glasses of Apple Wine, we were able to unwind and refocus after our drive, and enjoy the event center.

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Crossing the quiet street, we entered Burntshirt’s expansive vineyard that stretches 19 acres. Across their total 27 acres of vineyards, Burntshirt owns two vineyards on both sides of the Eastern Continental Divide which produce a combination of 13 European varietals in addition to French-American hybrids. Needless to say, we were pretty excited to walk through the vineyards, especially since the area is restricted to the general public.

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Enjoying a nice stroll through the vineyard, we made our way to the vineyard cross, situated centered at the back of the vineyard. The cross towers over the vineyard and can be seen from any spot among the rows of vines. It’s a beautiful reminder that God not only gives us life and provides all of our blessings, but that His hand touches everything and His eyes oversee everything.

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Once all of the guests reached the cross, Eric Case, the Vineyard Manager, shared information about the vineyard and answered questions about the vineyard. Deborah Rush, the Events and Tasting Room Manager, welcomed all of the guests and introduced the owners of Burtshirt, Lemuel and Sandra Oates. Despite the formal proceedings, we felt as if we were at a large family gathering, celebrating another successful year together. Pastor Dr. Tim Emery shared scripture, reminding us of God’s gift of life to us and everything around us, and then led us in prayer to bless the vines.

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The experience at the cross was rewarding and rejuvenating. We both slowed down to take in the beautiful views as we made our way back through the vineyard to the Summit, paying attention to details like rocks, leaves, specific vines, and clusters. Taking photos along the way, we noted as many varietals as we could and decided which wines we wanted to purchase at the Tasting Room.

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Our hearts were filled at the cross, so next it was time to fill our bellies at the Summit with brunch. A full buffet greeted us upon walking through the doorway as well as friendly staff and servers. Brunch included scrambled eggs, an incredible grits casserole, fresh fruit, sausage, and biscuits. Of course any meal in Hendersonville is not complete without something apple related, so we enjoyed apple butter and an apple crumb cake pastry. We decided to relax on the patio while eating and take in all the beautiful natural scenery that was around us.

After brunch, we visited the Tasting Room and continued to explore the grounds. There is a lot to see and do during your visit. Did you know that Burntshirt has a stone cottage for rent? The Vintner’s Cottage is a charming 1939 restored cottage located on the grounds. In addition to The Summit Center, Burntshirt offers several event spaces, including The Horse Barn.

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Until our next visit in June…

Go local. Drink Carolinas. 🍷

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