2019 Mountain Grape School
Come join us from to get hands on experience about how to plan 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.Registration includes lunch.
2019 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.
The 2019 schedule will be posted February 2019.
December 2018 around our Vineyard
Added a few signs to help visitors remember the names of our grapes and cows!
October 2018 around our Vineyard
Dr. Mark Hoffman (Small Fruits Extension Specialist from NCSU in Raleigh,
his Masters candidate student, Xiaonan from China,
and Dennis Goodwin (Board member of the NC Muscadine Grape
Association) visited Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard
to collect yield data for the Katuah Muscadines.
Chuck attended the special December meeting mentioned in the article.
August 2018 around our Vineyard
Chuck taught a "Mountain Living Skills" class on Knife & Axe Throwing.
WLOS Channel 13 TV was on hand to document some of his throwing techniques.
Here is the link to the TV spot: WLOS TV spot
July 2018 around our Vineyard
Started building our walapini this month to winter over our
Katuah Muscadines and Scuppernong grapevine starts.
June 2018 around our Vineyard
Finally have some temperature data confirming the cold-hardiness
of our Katuch Muscadine and Katuah Scuppernong grapes.
May 2018 around our Vineyard
D'Vine Foods delivered our first commercially made batch of
Jeannie's Muscadine Grape-Hull Preserves May 1, 2018!
April 2018 around our Vineyard
Our newest Scottish Highland family member,
Sandy Hamburger II, born April 12, 2018
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
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,
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,