High altitude, steep slope, cold-hardy, Katuah Muscadine & Katuah Scuppernong grapevine starts for sale

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Home of the famous cold-hardy, native

Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard
specializes in propagating and growing native, cold-hardy Katuah Muscadine™ grapes (see our registered voucher here) using biodynamic methods. These special grapes make a great steep slope, cold-hardy crop that can be grown naturally, organically, or biodynamically from which important phytochemicals can be derived for the neutraceutical industry. Our small vineyard is slowly expanding as a teaching vineyard and will offer visitors to our mountains a heritage experience with grapes. Here is the story of how we came to grow these special grapes (note that it will take several minutes for the videos to load):

A TED Talk in 2011: The Story of the Cold-hardy Katuah Muscadine

And another TED Talk:
A TED Talk in 2014: Using Viticulture as an Engine for Economic Growth in the Mountains

Chuck's interview about the vineyard:
Video made in 2015 about the Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard

Farm/Vineyard Tours

Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard is a small steep-slope teaching vineyard planted with native, cold-hardy Katuah Muscadine™ grapevines and Katuah Scuppernong grapevines. We have heritage apples, plum, cherry, fig, and peach trees on our farm. We also have Aronia Berry, kiwi and Buffalo Berry bushes growing here. The views from our 2100' mountain-top vineyard are among the best in the county. On your tour you will get to see the small greenhouse where the cold-hardy Katuah Muscadine and Katuah Scuppernong grapevines are propagated. You will see our 100 year old barn, our Scottish Highland cows and calves, our donkies, and our chickens (kids can collect eggs if you are early enough in the day). During season you can also taste our grapes and real muscadine juice, buy some of our Scottish Highland USDA inspected beef, or our farm-made tobacco stick art items. Click the "Buy Now" button below to buy your 1-hour farm/vineyard tour - $20 per adult, kids under 12 free.
Call us 828-606-3130 to make sure we are available.
Our farm tours are available from May 15 until October 15 each year.

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Sustainable Viticulture for our Mountains
Growing our cold-hardy Katuah Muscadine and Scuppernong grapes with a minimum impact on the land is a high  priority for us. We have 30 years experience in  growing  grapes naturally/organically/biodynamically. The result is grapes that taste better and make  better wine. And you can get top dollar from neutraceutical companies who want chemical-free grapes for their phytochemical content used for illness prevention and treatment. Experience has shown that the initial cost to grow grapes naturally/organically/biodynamically may be slightly higher than growing grapes traditionally but you can get a premium price for good grapes grown sustainably. As we move into 2018 we continue our transition to biodynamic viticulture. Our chickens and donkies are now joined by our Scottish Highland cows who will contribute the main ingredient for making horn manure - a key preparation for biodynamic farming.

Katuah Muscadine grapevine starts for sale
We now have the native, cold-hardy Katuah Muscadine grapevine starts for sale. Minimum order is 4 plants. No deliveries. Customers must pickup at our greenhouse during season. Availability is dependent upon order backlog and rate of propagation. Please click on the buttons below to order your red Katuah Muscadine grapevine starts. Next available plants will be in May/June 2018.

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Podcasts of the Mountain Grapevine radio show on 95.5 FM at 1PM on Thursdays, encore broadcast at 6PM on Sundays. 24/7 wART radio at www.wARTfm.org.
Chuck is the radio show host where he interviews winemakers and grapegrowers around the state of North Carolina. Here is the link to view list of podcasts of the radio show


Appalachian Tobacco Stick Items for the Kitchen

Chuck has created Appalachian Napkin Rings, Appalachian Cutting Boards, Appalachian Rolling Pins and the Appalachian Butter Knife, all crafted from from old tobacco sticks found in many of Madison County's old Burley tobacco barns. Here you can purchase useful tobacco stick items - Useful art with history!
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2018 Mountain Grape School
Come join us from 10AM to 2PM to learn about planning a vineyard, pruning grapes, planting/propagation tips, vine training, grape disease identification, harvesting and winemaking and well as gain contacts for grape-based value added products.

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2018 Mountain Living Skills
Learn skills you need to have when a terrible storm knocks out the power for several days in the mountains. These basic farm skills will help you to get by on a frugal budget in the mountains. Come join us from 10AM to 12 Noon to learn these basic mountain living skills.

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March 2018 around our Vineyard

This is part of the first 350 Katuah Muscadine to be wintered over in
our greehouse so they can be planted early in Spring to improve
winter kill survivability in the mountains. Not easy!

January 2018 around our Vineyard

Jeannie supervising her recipe at D'Vine Foods as they make the first
batch of Jeannie's Muscadine Grape-Hull Preserves on January 18, 2018.

Our Scottish Highland cows having breakfast at 12F on January 17th.

November 2017 around our Vineyard

Chuck Set up and moderated a video conference with Fermentation
Festival attendees in the Madison County Copperative Extension Office
and Dr. Fred Breidt, Fermentation Specialist from NCSU in Raleigh NC.
September 2017 in our Vineyard

Chuck is all smiles with his first scuppernong crop. It took him 5 years
of special breeding to develop the first self-pollinating,
cold-hardy scuppernong he named the Katuah Scuppernong.

May 2017 in our Vineyard

It's May! All the Katuah Muscadine & Katuah Scuppernong
vines are pruned and pushing leaves.

April 2017 around our vineyard/farm

It's Spring! Dogwoods are blooming all over the farm.

March 2017 in the pastures

Paddy    Jenny
Our newest Scottish Highland calves -
Left is Paddy O'Beef, born September 28, 2016
and right is Jenny, born October 19, 2016

May showers over the vineyard 2016

New Scottish Highland heffer calf born to Ros on March 23, 2016
we nicknamed her "Cutlet".


Chuck & Jeannie were featured in the
February 2016 Citizens-Times newspaper article

Chuck was master of Ceremonies for the
2015 International American Ginseng Expo at UNC Asheville.
Ed Fletcher - NCNPA Board Member on the right, with Sam Lundsford - a local star of the "Appalachian Outlaws" TV reality show - in the middle.

Our November 2015 newspaper article

Our donkey, Oh Pear! and her first colt, Gabriel,
born March 25, 2015. He is so cute!

Click here to see our Photo Gallery
Click here to read the May 2017 Article in The Mountain Xpress,
"Get growing with WNC's grape guru"

Click here to read the April 2017 Article in The Laurel of Asheville magazine, "Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard - Living with Grapes"
Click here to read the September 2014 article in WNC Magazine,
"Muscadine Mania"


Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard and our Katuah Muscadines were featured in 2001 "Place-Based Foods of Appalachia: From Rarity to Community Restoration and Market Recovery "
Click here to read the article on pages 8 & 9.



Grape Growing & Wine Making Information
e-Mail (replace (at) with @):
Chuck (at) JeweloftheBlueRidge.com
Telephone: 828-606-3130
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 4
Marshall NC 28753 USA

Plant Sales & Meat Sales Information
e-Mail (replace (at) with @):
Jeannie (at) JeweloftheBlueRidge.com
Telephone: 828-606-3130
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 4
Marshall NC 28753 USA

Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard Consulting Services