Best of the Appalachians

The French Broad Vignerons sponsors a Best Of The Appalachians Program (BOTA) as a way to differentiate and celebrate grape and orchard products from Western North Carolina and surrounding areas. Our program parallels a similar program sponsored by the North Carolina Natural Products Association but includes recognition for consumer alcoholic products.

How it works:

The process involves our own trained consumer wine tasters who will be evaluating beverages using a modified Davis Card under stringent conditions to assure the best wine evaluation climate. Submitted wines will be evaluated during a blind tasting with only the type of wine and the year known to the evaluators. Results will be tabulated and measured against our standards matrix. Those wines and beverages deemed to be of sufficient quality will be eligible to display our BOTA Seal on their bottles to assist with point of purchase sales and decisions.

All wines will be evaluated in private and no one other than the “Head Judge” will know which product is which. At the conclusion of one of our periodic evaluations, those wines, ciders, and other beverages attaining the right to display the BOTA Seal will be announced to the public, publicized and listed on our website. Only those wines selected for the BOTA Seal will ever be discussed publicly, privately or in press releases. What we specifically want to do is nurture our regional wines and beverages using a process that is supportive of the wine and beverage industry.

 

Our Congratulations Go to All of the 2017 BOTA Designated Wines

The French Broad Vignerons Designate Gold Medal Recipients as Best Of The Appalachians

DOUBLE GOLD

Burntshirt Vineyards, NC Cabernet Franc Reserve – 2015

Goodwater Vineyard, TN Corot Noir – 2014

Parker-Binns Vineyard, NC  Chardonnay – 2016

Sanctuary Vineyards, NC  Whalehead White – 2015

Sanctuary Vineyards, NC  OBX Ice – 2016

The Winery at Seven Springs Farm, TN Riesling – NV

The Winery at Seven Springs Farm, TN Moscato – NV

The Winery at Seven Springs Farm,TN  Southern Belle – NV

Watauga Lake Winery, TN  Duncan Hollow – 2015

GOLD

Burntshirt Vineyards, NC  Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve – 2015

Burntshirt Vineyards, NC Meritage Reserve – 2015

Burntshirt Vineyards, NC  Reserve Chardonay – 2014

Burntshirt Vineyards, NC Gruner Veltliner – 2016

Burntshirt Vineyards, NC Vidal Blanc -2016

Cades Cove Cellars,TN  Firefly – NV

Elkin Creek Vineyard, NC  Vin Doux – 2011

Elkin Creek Vineyard, NC  Viognier – 2016

Fontaine Vineyard, NC  Riesling – 2015

Goodwater Vineyard, TN  Everything’s Peachy – NV

Goodwater Vineyard, TN Goodwater Raz – NV

JOLO Winery and Vineyard, NC  Crimson Creek – 2016

JOLO Winery and Vineyard, NC – Jolotage – 2015

JOLO Winery and Vineyard, NC – Pilot Fog – 2016

Jones von Drehle Vineyards, NC – Tempranillo – 2015

Parker-Binns Vineyard, NC – Pea Ridge Red – 2014

Piccione Vineyards, NC – Nero – 2014

Raffaldini Vineyards, NC – Vermentino Superiore – 2016

Sanctuary Vineyards, NC – Aglianico – 2015

Sanctuary Vineyards, NC – Coastal Collage – 2015

Silver Fork Vineyarda and Winery, NC – Cabernet Franc – 2015

The Winery at Seven Springs Farm, TN – Farmhouse White – NV

The Winery at Seven Springs Farm, TN – Heritage Red – NV

The Winery at Seven Springs Farm, TN – Vineyard White – NV

The Winery at Seven Springs Farm, TN – Royal Blue – NV

The Winery at Seven Springs Farm, TN – Muscadine – NV

Watauga Lake Winery, TN – Bearly Peach – 2016

 

The French Broad Vignerons Designate Silver Medal Recipients as Best Of The Appalachians

SILVER

Adagio Vineyards – NC – Vivace – 2016

Adagio Vineyards – NC – Minuet – 2014

Adagio Vineyards – NC – Coda – 2014

Addison Farms Vineyard – NC – Gratitude – NV

Addison Farms Vineyard – NC – Five Twenty Nine – 2015

Addison Farms Vineyard – NC – Red Dress – 2015

Cades Cove Cellars – TN – Chardonnay – 2015Cades Cove Cellars – Tn – Fall Bounty – 2014

Cades Cove Cellars – TN – Riesling – NV

Cades Cove Cellars – TN – Blackberry – NV

Elkin Creek Vineyard – NC – Rossa – 2015

Fontaine Vineyard – NC – Rose – 2014

Fontaine Vineyard – NC – Cabernet Sauvignon – 2015

Goodwater Vineyard – TN – Seyval Blanc – NY

Goodwater Vineyard – TN – Goodwater Black – NV

JOLO Winery and Vineyard – NC – Golden Hallows – 2016

Jones von Drehle Vineyards – NC – Steel Chardonnay – 2015

Jones von Drehle Vineyards – NC – Barrel Chardonnay – 2015

Jones von Drehle Vineyards – NC – Petit Manseng – 2015

Jones von Drehle Vineyards – NC – Cabernet Franc – 2014

Jones von Drehle Vineyards – NC – Petit Verdot – 2014

Mountain Brook Vineyards – NC – Chardonnay – 2014

Mountain Brook Vineyards – NC – Pinot Grigio – 2015

Mountain Brook Vineyards – NC – Cabernet Sauvignon –

Mountain Brook Vineyards  – NC – Petit Verdot – 2013

Mountain Brook Vineyards – NC – Magis Red Blend – NV

Parker-Binns – NC – Petit Manseng – 2016

Parker-Binns – NC – Rose – 2016

Piccione Vineyards – NC – Vermentino – 2015

Piccione Vineyards – NC – Unoaked Chardonnay – 2015

Piccione Vineyards – NC – Sangiovese – 2014

Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery – NC – Bella Misto – 2015

Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery – NC – Pinot Grigio – 2016

Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery – NC – La Dolce Vita – 2016

Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery – NC – Sangiovese Classico – 2014

Sanctuary Vineyards – NC – Wild Pony White – 2016

Sanctuary Vineyards – NC – The Triangle – 2016

Sanctuary Vineyards – NC – Pearl – 2016

Sanctuary Vineyards – NC – Chardonnay – 2016

Sanctuary Vineyards – NC – Handcrafted Cab Franc – 2015

Sanctuary Vineyards – NC – Double Barrel – 2015

Sanctuary Vineyards – NC -Shipwreck – 2015

Silver Fork Vineyard and Winery – NC – Chambourcin – 2015

Silver Fork Vineyard and Winery – – NC – Four Dog Red – NV

Sprout Springs Estates – TN – Smoky Mountain Rose – 2015

Sprout Springs Estates – TN – Blackberry – 2016

Sprout Springs Estates – TN -Cabernet Franc – 2015

Sprout Springs Estates – TN – Chardonnay – NY

The Winery at Seven Springs Farm – TN – James’s Peach NV

The Winery at Seven Springs Farm – TN – Red Muscadine – NV

Watauga Lake Winery – TN – Tart N’ Blue – 2015

 

 2015 BOTA Designated Wines

DOUBLE GOLD

St. Paul Mountain Vineyards, Hendersonville, NC – Viognier 2013

St. Paul Mountain Vineyards, Hendersonville, NC – Laurel Hill – Vidal Blanc 2014

Burntshirt Vineyards, Hendersonville, NC – Burntshirt Vineyards Estate White -Vidal Blanc 2013

Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery, LLC, Ronda, NC – Vermentino Superiore – Vermentino 2014

Watauga Lake Winery, Butler, TN – Fox Hollow – 50% Chancellor, 50% Steuben 2014

Parker-Binns Vineyard, Mill Spring, NC – Rose – Merlot 2014

GOLD

Watauga Lake Winery, Butler, TN – Duncan Hollow – Chancellor 2013

Biltmore Estate Wine Company, Asheville, NC – Biltmore Estate Chateau Reserve Sparkling Blanc de Blanc, North Carolina – Chardonnay 2011

Adagio Vineyards, Elkin, NC – Vivace – 94% Traminette, 3% Muscat, 3% Chardonnay 2014

Russian Chapel Hills Winery, Columbus, NC – Chardonnay 2013

Treehouse Vineyards, Monroe, NC – Windy Hill – Muscadine

Burntshirt Vineyards, Hendersonville, NC – O Cellars Reserve Cabernet Franc – Cabernet Franc 2013

Fair Game Beverage Company, Pittsboro, NC – Ferris – 22.5% each Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Norton.  5% Touriga

Parker-Binns Vineyard, Mill Spring, NC – Loco Lulu – Soft Red Wine – Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot 2014

Treehouse Vineyards, Monroe, NC – Sunset Hills – Muscadine

Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery, LLC, Ronda, NC – Montepulciano Riserva – Montepulciano 2013

Jolo Winery & Vineyards, Pilot Mountain, NC – Jolotage – Petit Verdot, Petit Sirah, Cynthiana

Shelton Vineyards, Dobson, NC – Port – Cabernet Franc – 2006

Biltmore Estate Wine Company, Asheville, NC – Biltmore Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, North Carolina – Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

St. Paul Mountain Vineyards, Hendersonville, NC – Homeplace – Blackberry 2014

Treehouse Vineyards, Monroe, NC – Crystal Creek – Muscadine

Jolo Winery & Vineyards, Pilot Mountain, NC – Pilot Fog – Cynthiana 2014

Silver Fork Winery, Morganton, NC – Four Dog Red Blend – Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot – 2013

Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Thurmond, NC – Viognier Estate – Viognier 2014

Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery, LLC, Ronda, NC – Sangiovese Riserva – Sangiovese 2013

St. Paul Mountain Vineyards, Hendersonville, NC – Lower Vineyard – Riesling 2014

SILVER

Russian Chapel Hills Winery, Columbus, NC – Merlot 2013

Treehouse Vineyards, Monroe, NC – Liquid Sunshine – Vinifera Blend

Shelton Vineyards, Dobson, NC – Two Five Nine Petit Verdot – Petit Verdot 2011

Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Thurmond, NC – Cabernet Franc Estate – Cabernet Franc 2012

Treehouse Vineyards, Monroe, NC – Just One More Thing “Merlot” – Merlot

Russian Chapel Hills Winery, Columbus, NC – Muscadine – Carlos -2013

South Creek Vineyards & Winery, Nebo, NC – Cabernet Sauvignon – 2010

Burntshirt Vineyards, Hendersonville, NC – O Cellars Reserve Chardonnay – Chardonnay 2013

Parker-Binns Vineyard, Mill Spring, NC – Moscato – Muscat – 2014

Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Thurmond, NC – Rosa Dia Estate – Grenache 2014

St. Paul Mountain Vineyards, Hendersonville, NC – Wallace – Apple 2014

Treehouse Vineyards, Monroe, NC – “Her Way” Cabernet

Mountain Brook Vineyards, Tryon, NC – Pinot Grigio 2014

Biltmore Estate Wine Company, Asheville, NC – Biltmore Estate Riesling – Riesling 2013

South Creek Vineyards & Winery, Nebo, NC – Cabernet Franc – 2011

Burntshirt Vineyards, Hendersonville, NC – Riesling 2014

Biltmore Estate Wine Company, Asheville, NC – Biltmore Reserve Chardonnay, North Carolina – Chardonnay 2014

Fair Game Beverage, Pittsboro, NC – Scuppernong Tipper – Scuppernong

Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Thurmond, NC – Chardonnay Barrel Estate – Chardonnay 2013

St. Paul Mountain Vineyards, Hendersonville, NC – Chestnut Gap – Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Mountain Brook Vineyards, Tryon, NC – Magis – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Verdot 2012

South Creek Vineyards & Winery, Nebo, NC – Duet – 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot 2011

St. Paul Mountain Vineyards, Hendersonville, NC – Centennial Farm Heritage – Riesling 2014

Russian Chapel Hills Winery, Columbus, NC – Tosca Heritage – 80% Merlot, 20% Sangiovese 2013

Burntshirt Vineyards, Hendersonville, NC – Gruner Veltliner 2014

Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Thurmond, NC – Petit Manseng Estate – Petit Manseng 2014

Lake James Cellars, Glen Alpine, NC – Cabernet Franc 2013

Parker-Binns Vineyard, Mill Spring, NC – Loco Lulu – Soft White Wine – Chardonnay, Petit Manseng, Viognier 2014

Shelton Vineyards, Dobson, NC – Bin 17 Unoaked Chardonnay 2014

Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Thurmond, NC – Tempranillo Estate – Tempranillo 2014

Adagio Vineyards, Elkin, NC – Harmony – 50% Merlot, 50% Petit Verdot 2014

Lake James Cellars, Glen Alpine, NC – Chardonnay 2013

Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Thurmond, NC – Malbec Estate – Malbec – 2013

Biltmore Estate Wine Company, Asheville, NC – Biltmore Estate Pinot Noir – Pinot Noir 2012

Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Thurmond, NC – Merlot Estate – Merlot 2012

Silver Fork Winery,Morganton, NC – Nonsense – Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot NV

Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Thurmond, NC – Petit Manseng Estate -Petit Manseng 2013