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Marked Tree Vineyard

Marked Tree Vineyard: Sophisticated Wines With North Carolina Flair
Staff Score:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Marked Tree Vineyard brings a distinctively North Carolina sensibility to winemaking and tasting, complete with gorgeous views and excellent hospitality. Stop in to sample a few regional favorites, but don't be surprised if you feel compelled to splurge on several bottles before you leave.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

If you’re passionate about wine and eager to interact with those who share your enthusiasm, look no further than North Carolina’s Marked Tree Vineyard. A hidden gem of a winery, this location provides stunning views that make it a compelling destination even if you’re not particularly interested in wine. Ambivalence is unlikely, however, as Marked Tree offers a variety of options to suit both enthusiasts and casual visitors alike.

As part of the community, this vineyard focuses on the ins and outs of local wine production. Grape varietals are specifically selected based on the challenges and opportunities presented by the local landscape. To make the best wine, grapes must thrive in rocky and sandy soils while also tolerating a cooler climate. Some varietals simply will not ripen in this mountainous region. The ones that do, however, produce exceptional wines with flavors you won’t find anywhere else.

If you’re interested in the process of producing wine in a mountain climate, you’ll find plenty of insight from the wine expert who tends to your every need during your visit. Feel free to ask for recommendations, especially if you order the cheeseboard. Other tasty snacks for pairing include pimento and hummus.

Depending on the weather, you may have the opportunity to enjoy your wine outside. If so, you’ll adore the view made possible by the winery’s idyllic location along the Eastern Continental Divide. That being said, you won’t feel as if your experience is compromised if cold or windy weather forces you inside. The interior has a decidedly contemporary design, but it feels warm and inviting.

A few of our favorite wines include the following:

Vidal Blanc
Frequently compared to Sauvignon Blanc, this hybrid allows for a dry white wine featuring notes of pineapple and grapefruit.

Perdit Verdot
A deep purple color makes this wine as visually appealing as it is enjoyable to drink. Its complex flavor includes notes of plum, black cherry, lilac, violet, and even sage.

OTTO
The Old Two Tops Oak (OTTO) is a top selection at Marked Tree. Named after Henderson County’s largest oak, this sweet white is stainless steel fermented. Prepare your taste buds for notes of melon, mango, and honeysuckle.

Gruner Veltliner
This unique wine is named for its memorable green hue, as well as the typical vinifera location of Austria. A new varietal in North Carolina, it’s already shaking things up with its notes of celery, citrus, and apple.

The ideal winery experience reflects the environment and community in which each grape is produced. This local emphasis is a clear component of the Marked Tree experience, so stop by to discover all that makes North Carolina wine special.

Insider Tips:
-Not sure which wine to try? You might be the perfect candidate for the available tasting, which provides a pre-selected assortment of options. If you fall in love with any of the varieties you taste, you’re welcome to buy a few bottles or even a full case (depending on availability).
-Pets are allowed at Marked Tree Vineyard, but with several noteworthy restrictions. If you bring your animal companion, you won’t be able to hang out together on the porch or in the tasting area. Instead, you’ll be limited to a designated area for visitors with pets.