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. BOTA wine award winners may be made from vinifera, hybrid, native grapes, muscadines, fruit wines, country wines, and meads. How it works: The process involves our trained wine judges evaluating wines using a modified Davis Card under stringent conditions to assure the best wine evaluation climate. Our judges are trianed to evaluate all types of wines, not just vinifera. Submitted wines will be judged blind 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 decisions. All wines will be evaluated in private. Only the “Head Judge” will know the specific wine details. At the conclusion 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.

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